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February 24, 2009 8:12:27 PM

acer aspire m3201 8450 2,1ghz 95watts phenom triple core ,if I change the motherboard and cpu to 125watts and bios upgrade ,also upgrade from 250 watts oringinal to 450 watts to also run 4870 gddr5 ati radeon graphics card,overall to convert to 125watts=450watts to run this system thankyou antony roberts email address genesis345@hotmail.co.uk please email reply thankyou for your help
a c 113 B Homebuilt system
February 24, 2009 8:17:55 PM

What the heck, I'll take it.
February 24, 2009 8:25:34 PM

haha holy hell... what is that.
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a c 113 B Homebuilt system
February 24, 2009 8:31:35 PM

(E-mail sent.)

There are several unanswered questions here.

First and foremost, will the new motherboard and power supply fit into the Acer case you mentioned?
The case looks to be micro ATX in size, but I do not see any interior shots for it. So, I cannot say whether your new motherboard, which you do not list anyway, could go into it. Likewise for the power supply.

Secondly, what 450W power supply are you planning to use? They are not created equal or anything like equal. A cheap one will not work, a good one may.


a c 113 B Homebuilt system
February 24, 2009 8:33:20 PM

Pretty sure it's a redirect from the front page, where they have a little form now that says "ask the community". I sent him an e-mail and linked back to here.
February 24, 2009 9:21:49 PM

Proximon, I’m impressed! How did you decipher this post???
a c 113 B Homebuilt system
February 24, 2009 9:27:12 PM

Not sure I was successful ;) 
February 25, 2009 5:06:41 AM

I think proximon got it right :) 

Translation :

Currently I have an Acer Aspire m3201 with a Phenom X3 8450 (90w) processor, if I change the processor which uses 125w and a bios upgrade , as well as upgrade the 250W PSU included with the PC to a 450w PSU, would it run a Radeon 4870 gddr5 ati radeon graphics card?

I think it depends on the PSU. Certain no name brands certainly won't be able to handle it. But any decent brands like Corsair should be able to run it. Heck, it would be even possible on 350W good brand PSUs as long as it has enough amps on the 12v rails.
a b B Homebuilt system
February 25, 2009 3:43:59 PM

^+1. Yep, he did.

Edit: ...as usual.
April 24, 2009 1:18:16 PM

Which PSU fitted in the m3201? AS I have one and would like to up the power supply


Translation :

Currently I have an Acer Aspire m3201 with a Phenom X3 8450 (90w) processor, if I change the processor which uses 125w and a bios upgrade , as well as upgrade the 250W PSU included with the PC to a 450w PSU, would it run a Radeon 4870 gddr5 ati radeon graphics card?

I think it depends on the PSU. Certain no name brands certainly won't be able to handle it. But any decent brands like Corsair should be able to run it. Heck, it would be even possible on 350W good brand PSUs as long as it has enough amps on the 12v rails.[/quotemsg]
April 25, 2009 2:55:13 AM

That is a smaller mid tower case. Hopefully its ATX compliant.
April 25, 2009 2:57:45 AM

You are in luck! It is in fact a ATX PSU and that one that Proximon listed is a great power supply. The brand is reliable so is the product itself. Heres a picture of it.

Acer Aspire m3201 - http://images.tigerdirect.com/itemdetails/a180-8450/a18...

Do you guys think that a performance card like the 4870 will fit in this case? If it does it'll be pretty tight.

PS. Do you know what the processor your going to upgrade to is?

EDIT: Quote from Acer's support site.

"AMD Phenom™ quad-core processor (95 W)
AMD Phenom™ triple-core processor
AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 dual-core processor
AMD Athlon™ 64 processor
AMD Sempron™ processor"

Those are the CPUs that are supported. The 125W is not an option however.
August 3, 2009 11:56:00 AM

AKM880 said:
You are in luck! It is in fact a ATX PSU and that one that Proximon listed is a great power supply. The brand is reliable so is the product itself. Heres a picture of it.

Acer Aspire m3201 - http://images.tigerdirect.com/itemdetails/a180-8450/a18...

Do you guys think that a performance card like the 4870 will fit in this case? If it does it'll be pretty tight.

PS. Do you know what the processor your going to upgrade to is?

EDIT: Quote from Acer's support site.

"AMD Phenom™ quad-core processor (95 W)
AMD Phenom™ triple-core processor
AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 dual-core processor
AMD Athlon™ 64 processor
AMD Sempron™ processor"

Those are the CPUs that are supported. The 125W is not an option however.


Hey i respect your help towards others !, I also have a m3201 and I'm intrigued with the information you hold however my specs are slightly different,:

Specs- AMD PHENOM X4 9150e (65nm)
2GB DDR2 Ram 800mhz
ATI HD 3200 (IGP) ( I want to upgrade this to a 4670 iceq 1GB Edition)
Motherboard Acer RS780HVF
PSU- 250WATTS

My main question is whether my system can run the 4670 iceq 1GB edition with my stock 250watts psu, since the 4670 does not need to draw power directly from the PSU however the PCI-E Slot it self?
a b B Homebuilt system
August 3, 2009 12:17:50 PM

When you start your own thread, instead of trying to resurrect and hijack this one, I'm sure you'll get some useful answers.
August 3, 2009 12:20:17 PM

Onus said:
When you start your own thread, instead of trying to resurrect and hijack this one, I'm sure you'll get some useful answers.


Well sorry if I'm offending someone ? Is it a crime to own a similar PC and to get some help with a similar issue?
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