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November 13, 2009 2:31:49 PM

Urgent Help needed!
I need to upgrade my com(Acer Aspire E560) for gaming use!My computer now is kinda slow and and the graphic cannot support new game.When playing online game,the computer will also lag.Not due internet problem as i can play online game with laptop unaffected. I had never upgrade the computer before.
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November 13, 2009 3:07:03 PM

Have you upgraded the RAM yet? It comes with just 256 MB but you need more than for gaming. It can handle up to 4 GB's. if you haven't upgraded the RAM yet, I'll give you my recommendations for which RAM to get.

Next, your PSU is just 250 watts with no PCI-e power connector. That will not support any modern cards but the absolute lowest end (which won't be much better than the integrated solution you have now).

What resolution is your monitor?

I'll provide my recommendations when you've relayed this information.

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November 13, 2009 3:46:08 PM

E560 is not enough detail as I found multiple different E560's with different cpu types, amounts of ram or videocard.

For example
Aspire E560-PE74 - MT - 1 x Core 2 Duo E4300 - RAM 2 Go - Disque dur 1 x 300 Go - DVD±RW (+R d ouble couche) - Radeon X1650 SE HyperMemory jusqu'à 512 Mo - Gigabit Ethernet - Vista Familiale.

Aspire E560-HE7L , intel core 2 duo E6300, 250GB SATA , 2GB DDRII , dvd rw dual

You have an Aspire E560-XXXX
What is XXXX please :) 
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November 13, 2009 4:49:32 PM

My E560-SB74 came with a pentium D 915 and 1 GB RAM. I have upgraded it sligtly by adding another Gb of RAM (2Gb is max RAM on this motherboard), and a cheap graphics card, XFX Geforce 8600 GT, 512Mb.
This allows me to run Call of Duty 4 and Command & Conquer, Kanes wrath without problems. Do not ask me about frames per second, I have no clue.

I am now in the process of doing a second upgrade.

According to Acer at http://www.zandparts.com/acer/index.php?cPath=303_307_4...
the best CPU my E560 motherboard will support, is the Intel Core2 Duo E6400. The E6400 is a significantly more powerful CPU than the D915. As I understand it, the list is valid for all variants of the E560.
Among the three listed E6400's on Intels CPU finder page, it is the one with sSpec# SL9T9 we are looking for, if I have understood the specs correctly.

With the E6400, I intend to use a Sparkle GeForce 9800 GTX+, which you can get new at $150. No need to go for anything better, because the CPU can not keep up with a more powerful graphics card

The E6400 sells at 40-50€ on eBay.de However, it is the sSpec# SL9S9 that is most common on eBay in Germany where I am searching.
It has the same FSB speed as the SL9T9, but a different stepping. I don't know if another sSpec# than the one listed from Acer can be used. Maybe some on the forum have a clue?
November 14, 2009 4:20:37 AM

TheViper said:
Have you upgraded the RAM yet? It comes with just 256 MB but you need more than for gaming. It can handle up to 4 GB's. if you haven't upgraded the RAM yet, I'll give you my recommendations for which RAM to get.

Next, your PSU is just 250 watts with no PCI-e power connector. That will not support any modern cards but the absolute lowest end (which won't be much better than the integrated solution you have now).

What resolution is your monitor?

I'll provide my recommendations when you've relayed this information.


Well,my Ram have never been upgrade before. Currently only 512Mb and also my com run on Pentium D,Radeon X1300 series and resolution of 1440 by 900 pixels.
November 14, 2009 4:24:09 AM

C00lIT said:
E560 is not enough detail as I found multiple different E560's with different cpu types, amounts of ram or videocard.

For example
Aspire E560-PE74 - MT - 1 x Core 2 Duo E4300 - RAM 2 Go - Disque dur 1 x 300 Go - DVD±RW (+R d ouble couche) - Radeon X1650 SE HyperMemory jusqu'à 512 Mo - Gigabit Ethernet - Vista Familiale.

Aspire E560-HE7L , intel core 2 duo E6300, 250GB SATA , 2GB DDRII , dvd rw dual

You have an Aspire E560-XXXX
What is XXXX please :) 


I am not sure if this is correct-Aspire E560 X86 based PC. However, the computer run on Pentium D CPU 3.00Ghz, 512Mb of Ram and Radeon X1300 series.Is this sufficient?
November 14, 2009 4:37:54 AM

Oh.It is E560-925MR16
November 14, 2009 8:26:57 AM

At your information, I have found out since yesterday that the E560 motherboard can support up to 4Gb of RAM.
November 14, 2009 11:29:18 AM

ok..thanks.So upgrade ram is one!
November 15, 2009 12:52:25 AM

TheViper said:
Get these in the following order:

RAM:
Crucial 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 667 - $44.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply:
Corsair CMPSU-450VX 450W - $49.99 after rebate ($64.99 before rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card:
Sapphire HD 4670 - $64.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


These upgrades will breathe a new life into your system.

Alright..thanks alot!
November 15, 2009 1:20:01 AM

overheating promblem solve?
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November 15, 2009 4:02:19 AM

Are you saying the current system overheats?
November 15, 2009 10:04:41 AM

to sir viper. can i ask how will i know the complete model of my mother.. i only know that my motherboard model is acer aspire E560 also.. i dont know what is the exact because as i read this forum one of the forumer ask the exact model of the board.. help me please because i also want to upgrade my ram to 2gig but im doubt to buy one because i dont know if will going to fit on my board. thanks.. here is my email. kevinrherrera@yahoo.com thanks sir hope to read my message..ty
November 15, 2009 1:30:24 PM

TheViper said:
Are you saying the current system overheats?

there is no overheating issue..just worried.Anyway,Heard of Andyson Silent G series 480W?that what my friend recommended.But orgin from Taiwan.Cheaper but unproven?
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November 15, 2009 3:05:18 PM

kevinrherrera said:
to sir viper. can i ask how will i know the complete model of my mother.. i only know that my motherboard model is acer aspire E560 also.. i dont know what is the exact because as i read this forum one of the forumer ask the exact model of the board.. help me please because i also want to upgrade my ram to 2gig but im doubt to buy one because i dont know if will going to fit on my board. thanks.. here is my email. kevinrherrera@yahoo.com thanks sir hope to read my message..ty

Download CPU-Z and check the Motherboard tab. That will give you the model of your Motherboard.

kohweijie said:
there is no overheating issue..just worried.Anyway,Heard of Andyson Silent G series 480W?that what my friend recommended.But orgin from Taiwan.Cheaper but unproven?
http://forums.hardwarezone.com.sg/showthread.php?t=2292...

Taiwan is where more than half of your computer components come from anyway.

The Andyson isn't bad but it's efficiency is lower than I recommend and it doesn't have active PFC. I likely won't kill your system either.
November 15, 2009 8:27:32 PM

kohweijie, your slow Pentium D925 will probably bottleneck your system. Check the performance on you CPU here, http://www.cpubenchmark.net/common_cpus.html and compare with the E6400 which your motherboard can host. There's a typo in the list btw, the E6400 I'm thinking of is listed as Intel core2 6400 @2,13GHz. The correct name is Intel Core 2 Duo E6400.

Since my last posting on this tread, I have tried Command and Conquer, Kane's wrath again, this time with 4 players on the map. It lags after a while, when the map is getting busy.

I have now recieved my Geforce 9800 GTX+. Next is to get an E6400, sSpec number SLT9T from eBay, and buy 4 Gb of DDR2 667 RAM, then I should be good to go with C&C without lag. :D 

I ran CPU-Z as TheViper suggested. It identified my motherboard to be E415SM.

More info on your E560:
http://www.fixya.com/support/t589514-acer_boards
November 16, 2009 12:08:11 AM

getting a 4850 require a more power supply?
November 16, 2009 12:20:04 AM

or should i even get a 4870?you advice will be greatly appreciated!
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November 16, 2009 12:33:31 AM

Either card will require a new power supply. See the one I suggested above.
November 16, 2009 6:32:52 AM

Ah, yes, to confirm TheViper statement about the power supply, the stock PSU (250W) proved to weak even for the GeForce 8600 GT that I currently run in my E560. I replaced it with an el cheapo (16$) 480W PSU, which have done the job flawlessly for a year now. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000N519KC/ref=ox_ya_o...

However, for the coming upgrade, I am right in line with TheViper's choise of brand, and will put in a Corsair PSU.
November 17, 2009 3:09:15 AM

to sir viper.. thanks for giving me the information on how will i get the exact model of my board.. by the way here is my motherboard model,acer aspire E560 E415SM follow up question, do this board supports a pc800 ddr2 2gig ram?if not what should i be bought to upgrade my memory. currently im using 512mb pc5300 ram, but here in my country this model is not longer in the market, the available is pc800, 6670 ddr2 model..i want to upgrade this because im using windows vista which it needs a lot of memory. thanks in advance sir.
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November 17, 2009 3:33:58 AM

After researching I've found a distributor that sells parts for all the major computer manufacturers. I tracked down you motherboard and on their list of compatible memory is DDR2-800 (PC2-6400). You can install 2 sticks with 1 GB each.

http://es.eetnordic.com/guides/products.aspx?m=993112

I suggest calling Acer just to verify that you can use DDR-800 and which brands are compatible. Just to be safe.

November 30, 2009 11:00:21 AM

C00lIT said:
E560 is not enough detail as I found multiple different E560's with different cpu types, amounts of ram or videocard.

For example
Aspire E560-PE74 - MT - 1 x Core 2 Duo E4300 - RAM 2 Go - Disque dur 1 x 300 Go - DVD±RW (+R d ouble couche) - Radeon X1650 SE HyperMemory jusqu'à 512 Mo - Gigabit Ethernet - Vista Familiale.

Aspire E560-HE7L , intel core 2 duo E6300, 250GB SATA , 2GB DDRII , dvd rw dual

You have an Aspire E560-XXXX
What is XXXX please :) 





Hey i am using aspire e560-43mr16 i tot of buying XFX ati hd4670 will it support??? or could u give me any suggestions? thx
December 18, 2010 9:42:47 PM

can i put a ddr2 800 on my e415sm motherboard?
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