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October 31, 2008 5:11:26 AM

Hi, I'm in the process of upgrading my Computer and wasn't too sure what graphics card and PSU I should get. First off, these are my specs:

Manufacturer and Model - Acer Aspire T180
OS - Windows Vista Home Basic SP1 32 Bit
CPU - AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3800+, 2.41 GHz (Single Core)
Graphics - Nvidia GeForce 6100 nForce 405 256 MB Chipset
HDD - 160 GB Serial ATA
RAM - 2 GB System RAM (1 GB Kingston DDRII, 512 x2 Acer DDRII)
Motherboard - Acer
Monitor - 17'' Widescreen Acer LCD, Native Resolution 1440 x 900
PSU - 250 Watt Max output (Yes, that stinks, I know.)

What's a mid-high range (doesen't have to be the absolute best but what's good for gaming) card/PSU that you would recommend? This chipset has to go as well as the PSU. I looked around on sites 'n forums but can't get a good answer. I also have PCI-E x16 if that helps as well as AGP slot on the motherboard.

I purchased this system in September 2007. Any help is appreciated. (Made this thread at like 2:11am, -8:00 but will post back after I have slept. Also didn't know where to post this but hope this is right.)

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October 31, 2008 5:20:32 AM

A 9800GT can be had for about $90 now, and a $30 Antec PSU would be plenty to power it and your system.
a b U Graphics card
October 31, 2008 5:30:59 AM

9600GT, 9800GT, 8800GT or the economical 4800 series ATI cards in the 80 to 120 dollar range. Also, a corsairor pc power & cooling psu is the best choice. There are a few others that will do. Paste a link here if you find one your not sure about and the guys will gladly shoot it down for you if its not good...
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October 31, 2008 1:43:31 PM

Thanks for helping out.

Woah nice those are great. Is there a specific site to get them from or just this one? Either is fine.
a c 143 U Graphics card
October 31, 2008 2:14:13 PM

You could try this for example:

HIS Hightech H485F512P Radeon HD 4850, $125 after shipping and rebate
Earthwatts 500W, $50

There's also a combo with that Earthwatts PSU and a 9800GT for $160. That's $15 less, same PSU, and the video card is almost as good.

The 9600GT, 8800GT, HD 4670 are also good choices - less performance than the two above but less money too.

November 1, 2008 8:03:24 PM


I think I'm gonna give the Antec PSU and 9800 GT a go.

Thanks for the help all.