• Looking to upgrade my graphics card
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I currently have the substandard Intel GMA X4500 graphics card and I want to upgrade it. What would be a good card to replace it with? I have an Acer Aspire AX3910-U3012 computer. My budget is around $400 With this new card I want to be able to play Skyrim on high settings. My main concern is whether a different card would fit in my PC, it's pretty small. My monitor is 1600 x 1900 I don't see how it's relevant but apparently I'm obligated to say that I live in WA, USA. If I need to post more info then don't hesitate to say so.
670 is $400.
Measure the inside of the case, also what is your power supply?
The inside of the case is about 14" x 10" or smaller. I popped open the computer case and on the power brick there was a label that had the following written on it [i]Lite-On Model No: PS-5221-06 A1 ROHS AC Input 100-127/ 220-240V~6133.15A 50-60 Hz DC Output +5v 14A Max -12V[/i]
Ok, so this is a laptop, if it is, you can't upgrade
It's a desktop.
So this is your computer? You're going to need a low profile card. [img]http://i.imgur.com/IWjpM.jpg[/img]
[QUOTE=IpHa;37409247]So this is your computer? You're going to need a low profile card. [img]http://i.imgur.com/IWjpM.jpg[/img][/QUOTE] That is my computer. Yes.
You can't even put a graphics card in there. Highly suggest saving money for a new computer.
This is the best card I can find: [URL]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202002[/URL] [QUOTE=Zerokateo;37409302]You can't even put a graphics card in there. Highly suggest saving money for a new computer.[/QUOTE] There's a pcie x16 slot at the very top.
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[QUOTE=IpHa;37409316]This is the best card I can find: [URL]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202002[/URL] There's a pcie x16 slot at the very top.[/QUOTE] I see it now, thanks. Its near pointless to put a new graphics card in here though.
If you reuse your hard drive, ram, and cd drive you can build a new computer for $400: [URL="http://pcpartpicker.com/p/fEVX"]PCPartPicker part list[/URL] / [URL="http://pcpartpicker.com/p/fEVX/by_merchant/"]Price breakdown by merchant[/URL] / [URL="http://pcpartpicker.com/p/fEVX/benchmarks/"]Benchmarks[/URL] [B]CPU:[/B] [URL="http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80623i32120"]Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor[/URL] ($114.98 @ NCIX US) [B]Motherboard:[/B] [URL="http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-h61mdgs"]ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard[/URL] ($44.99 @ Amazon) [B]Video Card:[/B] [URL="http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-video-card-hd687azhfc"]XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card[/URL] ($144.99 @ Newegg) [B]Case:[/B] [URL="http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-case-rc912kkn1"]Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case[/URL] ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz) [B]Power Supply:[/B] [URL="http://pcpartpicker.com/part/ocz-power-supply-ocz600mxsp"]OCZ 600W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply[/URL] ($44.99 @ Newegg) [B]Total:[/B] $399.44 [I](Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)[/I] [I](Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-25 21:39 EDT-0400)[/I]
^This man knows what he is talking about, it would be advised if you follow his advice.
[QUOTE=Emerica505;37409267]That is my computer. Yes.[/QUOTE] Pretty much zero airflow in that case, and the PSU has nowhere near enough output to run a discrete GPU in it. Even if it did, you'd have to leave the lid off 24/7 so the internals wouldn't melt down.
[QUOTE=IpHa;37409316]There's a pcie x16 slot at the very top.[/QUOTE] with the sheer lack of room and airflow it might as well not be there at all
[QUOTE=IpHa;37409459]If you reuse your hard drive, ram, and cd drive you can build a new computer for $400: [URL="http://pcpartpicker.com/p/fEVX"]PCPartPicker part list[/URL] / [URL="http://pcpartpicker.com/p/fEVX/by_merchant/"]Price breakdown by merchant[/URL] / [URL="http://pcpartpicker.com/p/fEVX/benchmarks/"]Benchmarks[/URL] [B]CPU:[/B] [URL="http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80623i32120"]Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor[/URL] ($114.98 @ NCIX US) [B]Motherboard:[/B] [URL="http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-h61mdgs"]ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard[/URL] ($44.99 @ Amazon) [B]Video Card:[/B] [URL="http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-video-card-hd687azhfc"]XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card[/URL] ($144.99 @ Newegg) [B]Case:[/B] [URL="http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-case-rc912kkn1"]Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case[/URL] ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz) [B]Power Supply:[/B] [URL="http://pcpartpicker.com/part/ocz-power-supply-ocz600mxsp"]OCZ 600W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply[/URL] ($44.99 @ Newegg) [B]Total:[/B] $399.44 [I](Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)[/I] [I](Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-25 21:39 EDT-0400)[/I][/QUOTE] Digging up my old thread If I build this computer, what kind of performance can I expect from it?
Use PCPartPicker website to organize your build.
[QUOTE=Emerica505;39860600]Digging up my old thread If I build this computer, what kind of performance can I expect from it?[/QUOTE] Skyrim on high. BF3, crysis1,2,3 Very playable on medium/high. [editline]10th March 2013[/editline] I would advice you to go for a 700-800$ budget is you can though. Sweetspot seems to be around there.
[QUOTE=taipan;39862973]Skyrim on high. BF3, crysis1,2,3 Very playable on medium/high.[/QUOTE] I'm not extremely familiar with Skyrim but I do remember it requiring a bit too much than it should initially - else you get seconds of delay. It's just not worth it to buy such a low-end computer at this stage. [QUOTE=taipan;39862973]I would advice you to go for a 700-800$ budget is you can though. Sweetspot seems to be around there.[/QUOTE] This, or even more. That i3 is last generation and i5 would be more suitable for gaming. You might wanna spend a bit more on graphics too.
[QUOTE=Killervalon;39864147]I'm not extremely familiar with Skyrim but I do remember it requiring a bit too much than it should initially - else you get seconds of delay. It's just not worth it to buy such a low-end computer at this stage. This, or even more. That i3 is last generation and i5 would be more suitable for gaming. You might wanna spend a bit more on graphics too.[/QUOTE] I play it maxxed on an E8500 so an i3 should really work well.
[QUOTE=taipan;39864258]I play it maxxed on an E8500 so an i3 should really work well.[/QUOTE] Still, do you play BF3 maxed? No.. But really he needs a better GPU as well, having a i5 isn't a bad idea anyways. Put my old E8500 in my server, still good but then again meh.
[QUOTE=Killervalon;39864387]Still, do you play BF3 maxed? No.. But really he needs a better GPU as well, having a i5 isn't a bad idea anyways. Put my old E8500 in my server, still good but then again meh.[/QUOTE] Well I can play bf3 on high or low at about 20-30 fps, graphic settings dont matter in my case due to a cpu bottleneck. An i3 should do better than a E8500 though.
wouldn't a 1050 ti be faster for only $25 more? https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814487290&ignorebbr=1
I'm mildly amused that my 6 year old pcpartpicker list still works. Thanks @meppers for the confusing email notification =P
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