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Can I update my graphics card?

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a b U Graphics card
October 11, 2009 4:30:47 PM

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....

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a c 178 U Graphics card
October 11, 2009 5:15:15 PM

Take the side off the computer and take a look inside to see which slot/s are there, you may find this helpful in identifying which your system has:

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.
a b U Graphics card
October 11, 2009 7:50:18 PM

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....
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a b U Graphics card
October 11, 2009 9:26:32 PM

Ok I got some pictures, and the information from CPU-Z as you requested here they are...

Manufacturer - Acer
Model- E946GZ
Chipset Intel- 946PL/GZ
SouthBridge Intel 82801GB (ICH7/R)

Brand - Phoenix Technologies LTD
Date 6/01/2007

Type DDR2
Size 2048 MBytes
Channels# Dual
DC Mode Symmetric

DRAM Frequency 333.4MHZ
CAS#Latency (CL) 5.0 clocks
RAS# to CAS# Delay(tRCD) 5 clocks
RAS# Precharge 5 clocks
Cycle Time (TRAS) 15 clocks
Command Rate 1T

Memory Slot Selection
Module Size - 1024 MBYTES
MAx Bandwith pc2-5300 (333 MHZ)
Correction - None

Timings Table

Frquency 200MHZ
CAS#Latency 3
RAS# to CAS# 3
RAS# Precharge 3
tRAS 9
tRC 12
Voltage 1.8V

Frquency 266MHZ
RAS#to CAS# 4
CAS#Latency 4.0
RAS# Precharge 4
tRAS 12
tRC 16
Voltage 1.8 V

Frquency 333MHZ
CAS#Latency 5.0
RAS#to CAS# 5
RAS# Precharge 5
tRAS 15
tRC 20
Voltage 1.8V

Intel (R) 946GZ Express Chipset Family
Revision 2
Memory Size 384 Mbytes

So is it possible to upgrade or not :) 

a b U Graphics card
October 11, 2009 9:47:04 PM

on cpu z on mainboard what does it say in graphics interface
October 11, 2009 9:49:05 PM

250W PS I believe.

Finding a decent card to upgrade to with that will be.....irritating.
a b U Graphics card
October 11, 2009 10:51:45 PM

obsidian86 said:
on cpu z on mainboard what does it say in graphics interface

it dosen't say anything its just whited out :l
a b U Graphics card
October 11, 2009 10:54:56 PM

so now what do I do guys??
October 11, 2009 11:09:19 PM

Looks like it supports PCI Express, you probably will need a new power supply though.
a c 178 U Graphics card
October 12, 2009 9:31:13 AM

@ 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.
a b U Graphics card
October 12, 2009 7:23:41 PM

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....

any feedback would be appreciated...
a c 178 U Graphics card
October 12, 2009 7:58:47 PM

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.
a b U Graphics card
October 12, 2009 8:09:54 PM

can you give me the link to the graphics card then please? because I searched it up and it says that it needs 400 Watts =/ I don't mind if it dosen't play on maximum settings as long as it works