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Upgrade Intel G45/43?

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May 30, 2010 4:45:44 PM

So, I've got a few questions here to ask. I'm a new person at Tom's hardware so bear with me =)

So I game, and I want a graphics card that can play Starcraft 2, Bio-shock, COD 4, etc Smoothly at around the middle-sh settings... I'm kinda low on money, but whatever works is okay.

I have a Acer Aspire x3810. Pentium(R) Dual-Core E5300 @ 2.6GhZ. 3GB DDR3 RAM. Intel G43/45 Express Chipset. I have looked at the manual, and it said it has a 220Watt PSU.

Also, I am wondering if it is possible for me to overclock my system... Or if it is even possible to install a new graphics card. I have searched around and people say you cannot do either one of them. In the manual though it said

"Spread Spectrum. Clock Enables or disables the reduction of the mainboard’s EMI.
Note: Remember to disable the Spread Spectrum feature if you are
overclocking
. A slight jitter can introduce a temporary boost in clock
speed causing the overclocked processor to lock up."

So does it mean I can overclock my system?

I have a W2042TQ Flatron Monitor that supports 1680x1050. I would be okay to go to 1280x1024 or 1024x768 if it helps make it extremely smooth.


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a c 358 U Graphics card
May 30, 2010 5:09:21 PM

Doubtful that you can overclock since brandname PCs generally have motherboards that lack such features. Also a 220w PSU is weak and OC'ing with that is not recommended.

At best, I would recommend the Radeon HD 5570 due to the weak PSU. It is about as powerful as the HD 4670, but uses much less power.
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a c 358 U Graphics card
May 30, 2010 11:58:05 PM

Download CPU-Z to be certain you have a PCI-e slot.

http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html


HD 5570 consumes less power than the HD 4650, but it's about as powerful as the HD 4670. Due to the lower power consumption, it has a better chance of running on your PC than the HD 4650.
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a c 358 U Graphics card
May 31, 2010 12:04:34 AM

I would get the following HD 5570 especially since it comes with a low profile bracket. I am guessing you have a "slimline' PC which is not wide enough to fit a full size video card.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A full size card's bracket is about 5.25" wide or height depending on how you look at it.
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May 31, 2010 2:51:10 AM

jaguarskx said:
Download CPU-Z to be certain you have a PCI-e slot.

http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html


HD 5570 consumes less power than the HD 4650, but it's about as powerful as the HD 4670. Due to the lower power consumption, it has a better chance of running on your PC than the HD 4650.


Okay. I got it. I looked around and I'm not sure where to find the slot. The SPD/Memory Slot Selection doesn't say any PCI-e slot anywhere.
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a c 358 U Graphics card
June 7, 2010 12:28:06 AM

You need to purchase a low profile video card. A full height video cards (measured by the height of the backplate or bracket) is around 5.0" to 5.25".

Below link is the cheapest low profit HD 5570. From the picture it appears to have to full height bracket installed, so you will need to exchange it with the included low profile bracket.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Again, due to the low output of your power supply, the HD 5570 may not work.
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June 7, 2010 9:44:56 PM

Is it possible for me to install another PSU? Or would I have to remove the whole motherboard? Or would it just cost me less money and trouble to buy a new computer?

EDIT: I basically read this whole topic... http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/262320-33-upgrade-gra...

So... would a HD 5570 be more worth it than a HD 4650? He basically has about the same computer as me...
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