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March 12, 2010 4:36:59 AM

Hi there, I'm new here and don't know much about computers. So, I'm hoping you guys could help me with choosing a computer.

I'm currently considering buying one of these two below and then getting a good graphics card and replacing the power supply.

But I need help identifying their form factor:

Acer Aspire AM3300-U1332
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/672275-REG/Acer_PT_SBT02_002_Aspire_AM3300_U1332_Desktop_Computer.html#specifications

Gateway DX4300-17
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/672571-REG/Gateway_PT_G8302_005_DX4300_17_Desktop_Computer.html#specifications

I'll need to know what power supply and graphics cards can fit in there. I will be using the pc primarily for graphics stuff and some gaming too, though not heavy gaming.

Note: Newegg doesn't ship internationally unfortunately, so I can't buy from there.


Thanks :) 

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a c 144 ) Power supply
a b U Graphics card
March 12, 2010 6:01:40 AM

Form factor usually refers to the motherboards. I'm guessing that they both are mATX.

The cases look like standard mini-towers so the standard PSU's should fit. Graphics cards? Don't know. The physically shorter cards should fit.
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March 12, 2010 9:33:18 AM

jsc said:
Form factor usually refers to the motherboards. I'm guessing that they both are mATX.

The cases look like standard mini-towers so the standard PSU's should fit. Graphics cards? Don't know. The physically shorter cards should fit.



looks can be deceiving. I had a gate way PC once, case looked like a mid tower atx case you could get anywhere, but the PSU slot could only fit proprietary PSU's. Mind you that was ten years ago, maybe now adays they stick with ATX with the exception of slim models.
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a b ) Power supply
March 12, 2010 11:03:19 AM

yeah I could nearly bet its a mATX case. Strangely enough I'm using an old Compaq one at the mo and it's fine for my Q6600 and ATI HD 4870, but the powersupply is a bit too cramped in there (originally it was a 300w and now I've a 750w). But I've had my share of mATX cases that wont fit the full length Graphics card or powersupply
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