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December 14, 2010 9:31:38 PM

hello lol i finally have the specs for my acer machine and idk what things i can upgrade to thisal be a lot of info so brace yourself Acer Aspire M3100-U3401A Specifications
Condition: Factory Refurbished
Operating Systems: Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium
Platform: PC
Orientations Allowed: Vertical
Form Factor: Microtower
Bays: 2 - 5.25" Drive Bays
2 - 3.5" Drive Bays
Internal Bays: 4 - 3.5" Drive Bays
Available 3.5" Drive Bays: 4
Available 5.25" Drive Bays: 1
PCI Slots (Total): 2
PCI Slots (Available): 1
PCI Express X1 Slots (Total): 1
PCI Express X1 Slots (Available): 1
PCI Express X4 Slots (Total): NA
PCI Express X8 Slots (Total): NA
PCI Express X16 Slots (Total): 1
PCI Express X16 Slots (Available): 1
PCI Express Slots (Total): 2
PCI Express Slots (Available): 2
PCI X Slots: NA
AGP Slots (Total): NA
CNR Slots (Total): NA
Expansion Slots: 4
PS/2 Keyboard Connectors: 1
PS/2 Mouse Connectors: 1
Serial Communication Ports: 0
Parallel Ports: 1
USB Ports: 9
FireWire Ports: 1
eSATA Ports: NA
LAN Ports: 1
Game/MIDI Ports: NA
Audio Out Jacks: 2
Line In Jacks: 1
Microphone Jacks: 2
Composite Video: NA
VGA Ports: 1
DVI Video: NA
S-Video Connectors: NA
Coaxial Connectors: NA
S/PDIF Connectors: NA
Processor Brand: AMD
Processor Class: Athlon 64 X2
Processor Number: 4800
Processor Speed: 2.40GHz
Processor Interface: AM2
Processors Supported: 1
Processors Onboard: 1
Additional Technologies: HyperTransport Technology
Dual-Core Technology
AMD Live!
Memory Type: DDR2
Memory Size: 2x512MB & 2x1GB
Total Memory: 3.0GB
Memory Speed: DDR2 667 (PC2-5300)
Memory Slots (Total): 4
Memory Slots (Available): 0
Maximum Memory Supported: 4.0GB - 32bit / 8.0GB - 64 bit
Interface: SATA II
Capacity: 320GB
Speed: 7,200RPM
Optical Drive Type: DVDRW/-RAM Dual Layer
Interface: SATA
Type: Media Reader
Capacity: 14-in-1
Media Types: MicroDrive
SecureDigital
SmartMedia
Memory Stick
Multimedia Card
Memory Stick PRO
xD
Compact Flash II
Compact Flash I
Audio Description: Integrated Audio
Audio Chipset: High Definition
Channels: 7.1
Graphics Description: Integrated Graphics
GPU/VPU: ATI Radeon X1250
Video Interface: VGA (15-Pin D-Sub)
HDMI
Maximum Resolution: NA
Communications Description: Integrated LAN Support
Interface Type: RJ-45 - Ethernet Connector
Chipset: Marvell 88E8056
Data Transfer Rate: 1000Mbps
10Mbps
100Mbps
Communications Description: 56Kbps PCI Modem
Interface Type: RJ-11 - Phone Connector
Data Transfer Rate: up to 56Kbps
Protocols: V.92
Power: 250 Watt
Mouse Type: Optical
Buttons: 3
Connection Type: USB
Keyboard Type: Multimedia
Connection Type: USB
Front Speakers: 2
Height: 15"
Width: 7.25"
Depth: 18.5"

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December 14, 2010 9:54:41 PM

I would look at a possible upgrade to a low profile graphics card (sounds like a small form factor case). Outside of that... you don't have much room to expand your system with the limits of it being an OEM.

Can you post a link to your actual computer??
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December 15, 2010 3:41:57 PM

First, what is the purpose of this rig?

Second, what is your budget?

First thought is to add a graphics card but that will most likely require you to upgrade your power supply as well.
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December 16, 2010 12:34:48 AM

lol i got a gt 220 i gig and my budget is 300.
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December 16, 2010 12:10:14 PM

If you already have a gt 220, then you probably won't need to upgrade the power supply. That card won't show much performance increase and it won't draw that much additional power.

I wouldn't spend $300 on a graphics card/PSU upgrade with only an x2 processor, I would probably grab an HD4850 or GTS 450 for around $100 and grab this 630W rosewill PSU. Its more than you need at the moment but you could use it in a later build if you wanted to. Plus, its only $60.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Since you didn't specify a need, I assume games is the main purpose. If it is for watching movies/multitasking/anything else I would recommend something different.

Also be sure to disable the onboard video in the BIOS after you add a discrete graphics card. That will save power.
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December 18, 2010 2:04:52 AM

so i know what mobo im going to get and this psu will fit in the case correct ?
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December 18, 2010 4:39:07 AM

I'm confused. Are you just updating the graphics card and PSU or are you building a whole new computer now. If you are planning on replacing the Motherboard, you might as well get a whole new computer for around $500.
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December 18, 2010 11:27:10 PM

well i trying to replace everything the system is kinda old but i dont know which system to get if i am going to buy a whole separate one
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December 19, 2010 4:05:04 PM

Well if your budget is only $300 that is going to be hard to do if you want this to be a gaming computer. Especially if you need an operating system too. There's $100 right there for win 7 home premium.
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December 19, 2010 5:20:56 PM

$300 is a bit low for a gaming system, especially if you are looking to build a brand new computer (not to mention that operating systems are also pretty expensive if you plan on getting new ones).
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