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Upgrading an old computer

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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  1. Is it this one?
    http://www.cnet.com/products/acer-aspire-x1920-ur20p-p-e6700-3-2ghz/specs/

    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
  2. USAFRet said:
    Is it this one?
    http://www.cnet.com/products/acer-aspire-x1920-ur20p-p-e6700-3-2ghz/specs/

    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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    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.
  4. There's only one.

    Yea, i thought about that. Thanks, dude.
  5. 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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