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May 9, 2014 4:39:59 AM

My brother's old Acer X1920 wants to upgrade everything and turn it into a mid-range gaming rig. His budget is 200-350$. Any thoughts? Thanks.

http://www.acer.ca/ac/en/CA/content/model/DT.SG8AA.004

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May 9, 2014 5:21:07 AM

USAFRet said:
Is it this one?
http://www.cnet.com/products/acer-aspire-x1920-ur20p-p-...

If so, any upgrades are going to be hard.

1. Already at max RAM of 4GB
2. SFF case, limiting your choices of GPU
3. Small PSU
4. Only 1 SATA II port


My bro has the 2GB model so that's one.
We'd have to change the PSU then .-.
That 1 SATA breaks my heart.. but i guess, it'll be fine.
Can you recommend me a GPU that would fit in that thing?
The stock processor is LGA 755 and i don't think i can find any more of those things...am I right?
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May 9, 2014 5:30:36 AM

You'd have to open it up and see what PCI-E slots there are, and how much physical space there is for a new low-profile GPU.

But any new GPU will be hampered by the rest of the system.
Personally, I wouldn't put another penny into trying to make that thing 'good'. Have him save up for a whole new box.
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May 9, 2014 5:38:26 AM

There's only one.

Yea, i thought about that. Thanks, dude.
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May 9, 2014 5:40:06 AM

I agree with USAF, don't spend anything trying to make that computer good. just save up some more money and start from scratch. I have a friend that has a small prebuilt like that but from dell and he couldn't even fit a reference GTX 550 in it. Im also gonna take a guess that it only has 1333Mhz ram, and a 5400RPM HDD, since the one listed also has that.

But yeah, since he seems willing to upgrade himself, I doubt he would have that much of an issue building his own. So just start from scratch with a budget of 5-600 or something. It will cost more but it will be better in the long run.
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