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April 9, 2010 5:15:56 AM

Hi, I have an Acer Aspire x1800. Specs: x64-based pc intel core 2 quad cpu q8300. It also has windows 7. I was wondering if anyone knows of a good video card that would be compatible for this computer, as it is a very small hard drive. I have about $300 max to spend. Thanks :) 

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April 9, 2010 8:25:08 AM

You can go for any video card with this pc. but looks like you might have to change your psu first , if possible try changing your system cabinet also .
i think ati 4850 will be a good choice. you can use this web site for further info
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April 9, 2010 3:55:40 PM

Your machine is a slim model, with only a 220W PSU. It isn't a standard ATX PSU, so you won't find one much more powerful.
This will severely limit the graphics card you can install. A HD5570 is probably it, like this one: which comes with a low-profile bracket.
The good news is that you'll spend only a fraction of your budget. The bad news is, it isn't going to be great for the latest games.
If you want to play games, a better choice might be to relocate the components of that PC into a regular mid-tower case (even a cheap one), put a 380W Antec Earthwatts PSU in it, then get a HD5750 graphics card. You'll spend around $200 for that option, mostly depending on the cost of the case. If you are entirely ok with spending the full $300, use a 500W Antec Earthwatts, and put in a HD5770.

April 9, 2010 7:45:15 PM

Best answer selected by GCodeman471995.
April 9, 2010 7:46:47 PM

Thanks so much everybody that helped a lot