Upgrading the graphics card..is it even worth it?

Hello everyone,

A few months ago i bought a new Acer-X1700 (bad move i know),
thing is, it has pretty decent hardware except the videocard:

Processor : Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 @ 2333 MHz
Ram : 4096 MB (2 x 2048 DDR2-SDRAM )
Graphicscard : ATI Radeon HD 4350 (with fan)
Hard disk : ST375052 (750 GB)

I recently came across a Galaxy Gt9600 (512mb ddr3 256bit) low power/profile wich would fit in the case but the problem is that it has this custom 220w psu inside and im worried that it wont be able to handle the new card.

It would be a big step up from the crappy card it has now but im not sure if its even worth it, im considering to salvage what parts i can and use them for a new own-build pc (with a decent midtower case).

Any advice would be greatly appreciated
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  1. Get a Radeon 5750 HD instead
    It may feel expensive but you wont have to upgrade for, say, couple of years
  2. IMO , your a candidate for one of the new ati 5670. Needs no power connector and is about as low power as you can get, it might pull less than the 4350 at full tilt and will certainly game better. Its faster than the 9600 and would use less power than that as well.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-5670,2533-10.html

    Choose your poison
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&Description=radeon%205670&bop=And&ActiveSearchResult=True&Order=PRICE
  3. Wow, i didnt expect such a fast response :D

    Hmm yes the 5750 would appear to be the fast option (for now) i can even get it for a nice price at the place im doing my traineeship ;)
    I guess theres no hope left for the case and its crappy custom psu? should have never gotten that darn mini case..
  4. 5750 gives you good performance upto1920x1200
    Its newer and will be good for a couple of years or so
  5. mfarrukh said:
    5750 gives you good performance upto1920x1200...



    Not for a 220w PSU.
  6. jaguarskx said:
    Not for a 220w PSU.



    offcourse
  7. Thanks for the replies everyone ;) , ive looked at both cards and both of them are excellent cards (although neither would fit in this crappy case)
    I guess theres no other option then to get a new psu and case wich would make power consumption no longer an issue. After looking up the requirements a 600w psu would be more then enough to handle either card. At least i learned my lesson to never buy a slimcase pc again :p
  8. 500W would do pretty fine
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