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Upgrading my Acer Aspire M1641 Desktop graphics card

Hey i am looking to upgrade my systems graphics card to be able to play more Graphic demanding games.

At the momeny i currently have a rubbish ATI Radeon HD 3450 at a mere 256MB which to me is usless lol.

I am not sure about my current motherboard or either if it is compatible with the better graphics cards like i found a pretty good one but i don't want to go frying my motherboard or whatever

Can anyone give me some info on the right graphics card, power supply, motherboards, drivers and any other components i need to take in

BTW as you might know im not 100% savvy with PC's so i need some detailed advice thanks

cheers
Lew

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  • lewischandle Jul 27, 2009

    well i was hoping around £40 - £80 on a card and maybe more on a mothebroard ( if required ), my power supply is at the moment 250 WATT so i also might need to upgrade that

    all together im hoping on keeping the budget as low as possible lol

  • lewischandle Jul 28, 2009

    Thank you very much this helped me alot, i have done the PS calculator and my current power output is 350w, so say if i bought a new VGA card and for etc. it was a 50w card does that mean i could just add a extra 50w to my supply?

    Im fine for system memory and HD's i have a Intel Core 2 Duo processor @ 2.60 GHz, 3GB RAM and i have 2 320 GB HD's.

    Thanks again for the advice i think i would've ended up buying a really powerfull card and end up blowing my system up without help haha.

  • lewischandle Jul 28, 2009

    Thank you very much this helped me alot, i have done the PS calculator and my current power output is 350w, so say if i bought a new VGA card and for etc. it was a 50w card does that mean i could just add a extra 50w to my supply?

    Im fine for system memory and HD's i have a Intel Core 2 Duo processor @ 2.60 GHz, 3GB RAM and i have 2 320 GB HD's.

    Thanks again for the advice i think i would've ended up buying a really powerfull card and end up blowing my system up without help haha.

  • lewischandle Jul 30, 2009

    ok man thanks alot, i have never replaced anything inside a PC im just good with stopping viruses and hackers!, i have found a power supply unit and a 1GB VGA on amazon.co.uk
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Colors-550W-Sile...
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/BFG-9500GT-DDR2-...

    I have asked around about these items and i think the VGA is perfect for the PC but i just need to ckeck up on the power supply

    i will keep on digging and doing a little looking up

    thanks again for your advice people

    Lewis

  • lewischandle Sep 17, 2009

    Hey!! i have got a Graphics card and a new PSU i bought a 500W ATX Silent Power PSU and a ATI Radeon HD 4870 1GB which is a BEAST!! lol thanks for all the advice i could have easily fried my comp without professional help lol.

  • tl7410 May 11, 2010

    It really comes down to $$$ Money $$$. Your motherboard will support most of the newer graphics cards, but many of them have higher power supply requirements than what is standard in you desktop. What do you have in mind as in dollars?

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The motherboard will support any PCI Express x16 or PCI Express 2.0 x16 video cards. Your main concern should be with the power supply since it is either a 300w or 250w.

Here is a pretty good choice for your price range:
http://usa.asus.com/products.aspx?l1=2&l2=8&l3=725&l4=0&model=2328&modelmenu=1

Input your info here to see if you need a power supply upgrade.
http://support.asus.com/PowerSupplyCalculator/PSCalculator.aspx?SLanguage=en-us

A little money for system memory would be good if you have less than 1 Gig.
You can test it here:
http://www.crucial.com/systemscanner/index.aspx

If you are saving money by not buying a motherboard and want to spend it (which is what I would do), I would put the money into a the video card and power supply.
Like this:
http://usa.asus.com/products.aspx?l1=2&l2=8&l3=726&l4=0&model=2705&modelmenu=1

And this:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Netzteil-Corsair-620W-ATX-2-2/dp/B000KJNK8U/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1248740669&sr=1-10

I do not know the dimensions of the Aspire Case, so one thing to keep in mind is the dimensions of the card and the power supply. Make sure they will fit before buying.

If you start replacing motherboards and such, you might as well just go with a whole new system. A new motherboard, new CPU, new memory, new graphics, new power supply, fast hard drives, new case.

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  • tl7410 Jul 28, 2009

    Thermaltake & FSP maked a VGA power supply that you could add to you system. This is the easiest and most straight forward solution for someone not familiar with the inside of a computer. It is guaranteed compatible if you have an open front bay where a CD/DVD would go.



    http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/product/Po...



    http://www.fspgroupusa.com/BOOSTERX3.asp



    But you could replace the 250w with a 500w to 700w power supply. When replacing a power supply, you must make sure the one you are replacing is a compatible. Your 250w is probably a standard ATX, but you will need to compare the plugs that attach to the motherboard to make sure the color coded wires are in the same place. Not hard, but important.



    http://www.helpwithpcs.com/courses/power...



    Have you ever replaced anything on the inside of a computer?

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