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#1 WoWGamer

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Posted 22 July 2010 - 06:41 AM

I just had this computer given to me and want to get it upgraded so my wife can play World of Warcraft as well.

http://www.datavis.com/Acer-Aspire-X1300-X...-3GB-320GB.html

This computer has a very small case, and a weak power supply (225W)

I am looking for maybe somebody that has this computer or is familiar with it, I want to upgrade the video card and stay with Nvidia. Any help whatsoever would be appreciated.

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Posted 22 July 2010 - 11:39 AM

Hello and welcome to Bleepingcomputer.

I checked the link you provided above.

I am providing you with a link to the Acer Aspire X1300 desktop.

http://support.acer.com/us/en/acerpanam/de...reX1300nv.shtml

First of all I would invest in a power supply that has a higher output rating.

Below is the specifications on your system.

http://support.acer.com/acerpanam/desktop/...eX1300sp2.shtml

What you need is a low profile PCI-E video card. Here's your specs. PCI Express® 2.0 x16 graphics card support (low-profile)

Here is a link to newegg for low profile graphics cards, you can look through the cards on this page for ideas.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList....e+graphics+card

Here is a link to newegg for ATX power supplies, you should pick one that has a minimum of 550 Watts or more rating.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList....p;x=14&y=31

You should be looking at what you can afford in your budget for whats listed and then ask for recommendations on what you feel you can afford.

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Posted 22 July 2010 - 02:28 PM

Thank You for your input. I will take a look at what you have told me to look through. My problem is the power supply currently installed is very small and long and looks like none of the ones on the page will fit. I think this might be a propritary power supply?

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Posted 22 July 2010 - 09:39 PM

You are correct, that is not an ATX spec PSU. Try a "Mini ITX". Finding a mini ITX with any decent power will likely be a chore.

I know you don't want to hear this, but upgrading this system may not be worth it. Is the onboard video just too weak to cope with the graphics, or is there another problem, like memory, slugging it down?

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Posted 23 July 2010 - 07:50 AM

Thank you for your help. I have never installed a video card or even opened up a PC before. After finding out Best Buy and Staples wanted $69.00 to install it I decided to go ahead and try myself. I have purchased a Nvidia Geforce 220. Last night after watching a video on YouTube I installed it with success. This was actually very easy. $69.00 bucks what a rip off. Turned the computer on hoping I didnt blow anything up and viola started right up and automatically installed itself. The 220GT lists a system requirement of a 300watt power supply, mine is a 250 watt power supply. So far I have not had any problems, I just wanted to thank you all for your help and support.

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Posted 23 July 2010 - 08:01 PM

The 220GT lists a system requirement of a 300watt power supply, mine is a 250 watt power supply. So far I have not had any problem

Cutting it close, I'd say. Moreover, I'm guessing this is the generic 250W PSU that came with the case?

Edited by ReviverSoft, 23 July 2010 - 08:01 PM.

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Posted 25 July 2010 - 01:19 AM

Cutting it close, I'd say. Moreover, I'm guessing this is the generic 250W PSU that came with the case?


I would assume no.

This computer has a very small case, and a weak power supply (225W)


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Posted 25 July 2010 - 03:11 AM

^ Whoops, missed that.

Anyway, the official specs rate it at 220W. :thumbsup:

Edited by ReviverSoft, 25 July 2010 - 03:12 AM.

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