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what graphics card can i use with my acer aspire xc600 slimline desktop

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October 6, 2013 2:57:38 PM

hi guys :) 

i have a very very big problem , i have a acer aspire xc600 low profile desktop with integrated gpu (intel hd 2000) that im not happy with as not much dedicated memory there for me to game on .......

Specs are:
i3 intel core 2100 processor
6GB DDR3 memory
windows 7 ultimate 64-bit
psu : 190W

i am not happy with this psu as i do not have nearly enough power to even run a 1gb :( ... i have looked about for low profile psu (at an average of 300w standerd watt , but cant seem to find anything in the low profile department ..... i dont want to take a chance of buying a 1gb and trying it as i know it will barley power the gpu and if it did it wont give me the performance i suspect from the gpu card



really need HELP !!! ....thanks goody123
October 6, 2013 3:14:15 PM

You would need to buy a psu and a gpu. If you are going to build a computer in the future, get a high wattage psu (600 - 850) If you aren't going to build a computer in the future, a 400 - 500w psu will suffice. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If you don't decide on this one, make sure it has high reviews.

You may be bottlenecked by your cpu, so a lower power graphics card will suffice. 7770 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

7750 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

650 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You may not be able to put any of these graphics cards on, do you have a pci slot on your motherboard?
Make sure you do, or your purchases wont be worth it.
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October 6, 2013 3:19:38 PM

hi ethanroxx ........ yes i have a pci express slot , and i cannot afford a 600 850 psu atm as budget is low ... and i wont be building a custom pc in the futre as i had paid 450 pound for this pc but just the gpu is letting me down :( 
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October 6, 2013 3:42:07 PM

You would need more than 190 watts to do anything substantial. 300 watts minimum. Then you could put a graphics card on. refer to my suggestions <
You dont need to get those exact brands. In order of power - 7770, 650, 7750. A 7750 will be most power efficient, granted that is is weaker than the rest.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7770-7750...
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October 6, 2013 3:45:26 PM

yes but how could i use a 300w without having the psu external out of my tower? ...i have looked about for days now and cant seen to find anything that hits 300w the most i found is 250w that i know it aint enough as you stated is there anywhere i can get a low frofile small form factor psu that hits 300w?
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October 6, 2013 4:03:54 PM

thats the thing tho im not sure this will fit into my tower without having the psu external form my desktop i dont mind using it like this but it will be a pain but the cpu fan is right in the middle of my tower so it is a space issue :( 
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a b ) Power supply
a c 156 U Graphics card
October 6, 2013 4:30:21 PM

goody123 said:
thats the thing tho im not sure this will fit into my tower without having the psu external form my desktop i dont mind using it like this but it will be a pain but the cpu fan is right in the middle of my tower so it is a space issue :( 

Unfortunately, you're screwed. That slimline PC you paid way too much for was never designed to be upgraded. Intel Graphics? REALLY? That PC was made for computer-illiterate people to check email and play farmville on. Nothing about it is standardized and it looks completely integrated. You'll need a new PSU at least, that's assuming that the games you want to play don't have very high hardware requirements. By purchasing this product, you have literally thrown your money away if you hoped to game with it. The amount of RAM isn't the issue here, the GPU itself is weak and riddled with bugs. In this case, that little sticker that says "Intel Inside" really means "Abandon all hope of gaming, ye who purchase this PC." because that's exactly what you got. Your RAM is shared from your computer so you have plenty of that. You just have a very weak GPU and all the RAM in the world won't change that. Your small ray of hope is that it appears to be a TFX form-factor and newegg does carry PSUs for it. Don't get too excited though because the best you can hope for is 350W. It's made by Seasonic and it's 80-plus gold certified so at least you know it will be a good one. It costs $60:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
With this, you can hope to use a weak graphics card that won't play anything major but will at least be far superior to the crap you're currently saddled with. Now since this is a very light computer with a very specified power envelope I would suggest that you could use an ATi Radeon HD 5450 1GB card in there with a 350W PSU, despite AMD's claims that it needs 400W or better simply because I believe that you save more than 50W of use just by having that form factor alone. I would recommend this card for $40:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
There are cheaper cards but this one is actively cooled with a fan while all the others just have heatsinks. Heatsinks take up room that you may not have and a small case like that will have horrible airflow. This is as good as it gets for you I'm afraid. Next time I do hope that you'll forgo a "brand-in-a-box" PC or if you get another one, make sure it is a full ATX case. That will make your life infinitely easier if you want to game with it.
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October 6, 2013 5:01:51 PM

thanks man think ill just save for a ps4 lol tbh at least there's not much messing about with that :L
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a b ) Power supply
a c 156 U Graphics card
October 6, 2013 5:53:18 PM

goody123 said:
thanks man think ill just save for a ps4 lol tbh at least there's not much messing about with that :L

I do believe that would probably be best. Thanks for the best answer! :D 
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December 8, 2013 8:24:30 PM

So to add a comment so late, but I just wanted to say, that if you had got the XC600 model with the GT 620 and the 220W psu, you could have atleast upgraded to the HD 7750 if you didn't like the GT 620, I have the XC600 with the 220W psu, and it runs the HD 7750 perfectly.
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March 3, 2014 12:23:22 PM

Hi Captain 75

I have recently bought a Acer aspire xc600 myself and was thinking of upgrading the GPU to the HD7750 , just wondered if you had any more info on this etc, have you had any issues since upgrading, is everything working ok, any more info would be much appreciated, cant make up my mind what GPU to go for
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March 5, 2014 12:56:00 AM

hayesw60 said:
Hi Captain 75

I have recently bought a Acer aspire xc600 myself and was thinking of upgrading the GPU to the HD7750 , just wondered if you had any more info on this etc, have you had any issues since upgrading, is everything working ok, any more info would be much appreciated, cant make up my mind what GPU to go for


No issues at all, just that you wont see the Acer boot up screen, it will just go straight to windows, the uefi(BIOS) menu doesn't pop up if I try to go in, just black screen, otherwise it works fine, no problems what so ever.
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