Hi everybody, I have an Acer computer with an 946GZ chipset its video ram is 256mb which is a decent amount along with 2GB of RAM with dual processors. The problem is that, I can't play any games like battlefield 2 because it doesn't have Pixel shaders, or anything I downloaded the latest drivers but even that didn't fix it.
My question to you is Can I upgrade it with a simple video card like NVidia or something? or would I have to change the whole motherboard because it is a chipset? thanks in advance...btw it's bus interface is PCI I assume that this is the graphics slot what card would you recommend also would there be any problems with uprading thanks in advance....
While the side is off, also take a look at the PSU, post back with the outputs on the rating label, although I suspect it will be very low
Also post the rest of the specs: Exact CPU, memory, case type- is it a normal ATX or slimline? and monitor size and resolution.
ok, I will open it up and take a picture because to be honest I don't know the exact CPU type and other things that are needed so maybe you could identify the perfect video card or equiptment that I need to upgrade it....
@ ultraslan1988: The MB has a PCI-E x16 slot, so that's OK.
Take a close-up shot of the PSU label, I can just see the ratings below the FSP logo but cannot make the figures out.
Why the upgrade? The reason I ask is that for HD or even normal video playback you can install a HD4550 (ATI) or 9400 (Nvidia) without problems, right now and see an instant improvement, but for games the upgrade will need to be more powerful, which my require a PSU upgrade.
The PSU is only 250W, that's why I am so limited I guess I just want the upgrade to play the occasional game and to run a more advanced video editor the current one I have isn't very good.
I don't have much of a budget, only £40 so I will probably spend most of it on a a video card and the rest on a PSU. would 400 be aequate enough to run ga
mes like battlefield 2 and GTA 4??? here are the ones I am thinking of buying....
I do not think either of those PSUs are suitable, they're both unknown makes and neither has a 8-pin motherboard connector, which I think you'll need-I would VERY strongly advise you to avoid them like they had the Plague and Man Flu.
The HD4650 draws a tiny amount of power, directly from the motherboard. I would say that it would run on your existing PSU (at maximum draw it takes 40Watts-less than 4 amps). It might run BF2 and GTA IV but it is a low-end card, do not expect it to run them at high settings and resolutions.
Ignore the 6200, you'd be better off sticking with integrated.