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    Intel(R) G45"G43 Express Chipset

    Hello all,

    I have a Intel(R) G45"G43 Express Chipset, and am looking to upgrade the graphics -

    I'm using an:
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    Processor: Intel(r) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q8200 @ 2.33 GHz 2.34 GHz
    Memory: 4.00 GB
    System Type: 64- bit operating system

    My card is the only thing holding me back from moving to a little newer range of games; can anyone recommend one that might work with my case / power supply? Or tell me if it is even possible to add a new graphics card to this set up?

    Thanks!

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    According to this link, you an OPEN-> Number of PCI Express x16 Slots 1

    Acer Aspire M5700 Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 4GB 750GB GBLAN Vista Premium 64BIT Desktop PC - DirectCanada

    Open the case and see how many watts your power supply is .
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    I believe I have a 300 W power supply - I was looking at a card along the lines of

    Galaxy GeForce 8400 GS Video Card - 512MB GDDR2, PCI Express 1.0 x16, Support for 1GB Memory, (Dual Link) DVI. VGA, HDTV, Low Profile at TigerDirect.com

    Is this a good idea?

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    If you plan on gaming, anything under a (nvidia) 9600gt or (ati) 4670 is a waste. Those are the bare minimum I'd suggest for a decent gaming experience. It's possible a 4670 would work with your PSU, but I'd probably still upgrade it.
    What's your budget for the upgrade? We could probably find ya a good deal somewhere on a combo.
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    Preferably under $150 - if possible - but I don't know how easy the power supply is to upgrade on my computer, if that is required. Was trying to find a card that would fall in line with my 300 W PS.

    Is the 9600 gt a go with a 300 W or would I need to upgrade to 400 or 450? I'm not very savy under the case - so its a little daunting to take on a lot of manual changes.

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    they'd need to know what the +12V Amp ratings were on your Power supply, before they can say for sure that it'd work, but knowing how most prebuilt PC's are and given its a 300W unit, I'd say it might not handle it, or if It could I wouldn't chance it. if the PSU can't handle the load it could die and take most of your system with it.

    $40 can get you a decent quality brand PSU that can handle the load, and another $60-70 for a decent budget gaming card.

    Looking at the case, it looks, note I said looks, like it should take a standard ATX design PSU, but with out some measurements or at least some images of the PSU and back of case, couldn't say for sure.

    most likely though it should have a standard ATX design or at least Micro ATX Power Supply.


    Just as an example:

    Newegg.com - Antec Basiq BP430 430W Continuous Power ATX12V Version 2.2 Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies

    Listed from Least to Best in performance, the first should be bare minimum for any sort of gaming card, with the exception of maybe a Geforce GT 220, which should perform similarly to the version of the 9600GSO listed here (this one is a version that only has 48 Stream Processor cores, the regular GSO has 96)

    Newegg.com - EVGA 01G-P3-N964-LR GeForce 9600 GSO 1GB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

    Or...

    Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100295HDMI Radeon HD 4670 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

    Or...

    Newegg.com - XFX PVT96GYGF3 GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
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    LOL, Thinking on same wave length I see, same suggestions for the cards and PSU today

    was editing mine to add the links (newegg and some other sites seem to be running slow today... :rolleyes), when you posted.


    As I mentioned the GSO model, we both linked to, is the stunted growth 48 Stream Processor model, between that and a GT 220, those would be the absolute minimum I'd suggest for a gaming card.
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    Got it all worked out - bought a 450W PSU and an ATI Radeon HD 4670 - replaced it all yesterday.

    Thanks for all the help guys.

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    what 450W PSU did you buy?
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