Upgrading a acer ax1700

ok i haven't been into pc gaming in ten years or so, i bought this pc at the beginning of the year http://www.dealtime.com/xPF-Acer-Acer-Computer-AX1700-U3700A-Desktop-PC i quickly realized this was not such a good pc for what i wanted.

i've been thinking of putting it in a mid sized case maybe this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156062 and upgrading the video card.

the question is would this be possible? would i be able to use a full sized video card with it? would this work or am i a silly goose for even thinking of it?

if i can't salvage this and make it a decent gaming pc i guess i'll eventually do a build myself but i was just looking for a quick fix atm.

if i put this in the wrong place i'm sorry.
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  1. Not worth spending money bringing up to gaming specs, look for a nice AMD Athlon x4 or Phenom II x3 or Intel i5 rig.
  2. Acer Ax1700 is a "capable" machine.

    It actually use exact same motherboard , MCP73T-AD, as Ax1800 and Veriton VX270 series. NVIDIA GeForce 7100 and nForce 630i capable of handling C2Q processor, such as AX1800. ( if you decide to do processor upgrade )

    As for the video card, depending on your budget or your definition of "game rig", you might not even need to change the case. There are Low-profile video card such as "SPARKLE SX96GT512D3L-NM GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card".

    Recently, I updated my AX1700 with AX1800 BIOS P01.A4 Date 11/19/2009. ( upgrade at your own risk ) and my stock PI CPU rating jump to 5.7 under Windows 7 64bit.

    p.s. if you flash your mobo to AX1800, expect to re-active your Windows 7 again, as it will detect as "another pc".
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