Suitable graphics card which would enable me to play games
Hi, i recently bought an Acer Aspire base unit, it has a 1.8ghz dual core cpu, 1gb of RAM, on board sis mirage 3 graphics etc, a link to its exact spec can be found at http://www.ebuyer.com/product/138612/show_product_specifications?spectype=extended I am aware that this is a very basic PC but i was wondering if you could tell me what would be a suitable graphics card for a system such as this as i would like to play games, and also if i am able to upgrade the CPU and to what type spec etc, from my very limited knowledge on this subject i know this is dependant on the motherboard, many thanks, Michael
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Re: Suitable graphics card which would enable me to play...
The problem is that you can't just Upgrade the video card in a portable like you can a desktop system.
Upgrading the video would require a new motherboard with discrete graphics. VERY few portable system have upgradeable video without major cost (Usually cheaper to sell system and buy one configured as you need it) which is my recommendation if that system will not perform as you desire.
Generally, upgrades on portrable systems are limited to MEMORY, HARD DRIVES and plug in components like wireless cards, modems etc.
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Here are the spec on your pc if the information you gave me is correct. You can only upgrade the cpu to the socket you have. I think you would be better off adding more RAM and a better video card that isn't onboard.
Processor / Chipset
The best trick for speeding this thing up, killing the malware and any viruses is to use their (Make A Restoration Disc) Feature. You will then have everything set up exactly the way it was the day your friend bought it. Remember that this system has the slower AMD 3800+ so it won't be as fast as a dual core PC. When I get one of these in my shop I do 2 things to speed it up. First I add ram, 4 gigs total is best, then I turn off the onboard Video and add a new Video card with 512 megs of video ram or better. Your PC has an AM2 socket, so a simple CPU upgrade will make your rig absolutely scream with speed. Just buy a new dual core AMD AM2 cpu. I will provide a link for you below.
1. check your display settings for the best possible screen resolution for your laptop. 2. the new CPU that is installed is defaulted at 1080p resolution and is to strong for the video graphics card that is on the mother board which is possibly 1280X740 . Being a laptop and the video graphics is built into the mother board therefore possibly not compatible with the new processor. 3. Blue ray video is ultra high resolution such as 1920X1080 HDTV
I have a friend who has an Acer Aspire 5315 running Vista and it was pretty slow right out of the box with 1gb of ram. I upgraded his Ram to 2gb and it ran moderatly faster and smoother. Vista is a demanding OS because it's so graphical in nature. Windows Vista requires more ram then XP plus a better CPU to run smoothly. His had a 1.6ghz Celeron which is not that great of a CPU to begin with but uping your ram will usually up your performance a few degrees. Be careful with cheap ram it can run hot and unstable. Make sure go with a name brand PNY, Corsair, Kingston, etc. Don't just buy House ram (generic) because it's cheap. It's not worth wasting your money on junk ram.
Believe the Aspire runs a 939 chip, if that is the case -AMD Athlon FX-60 Dual Core @ 2.6Ghz -AMD Opteron 185 Dual Core @ 2.6Ghz (best Overclocker @ ~3.2ghz) LINK this is for cpu-z to see what processor id, fsb etc,