I have read through just about every thread I could find on Gateway SX pc upgrades, and other similar slimline computer upgrades on this site, I have narrowed down the exact things I am looking for for a video card for my PC.
I have a Gateway sx2840, it is relatively small form factor, has 6gb ram, 1tb harddrive, and i3-530 processor, and integrated graphics. There are 2 open pci-e slots, one of which I put in a wireless network card, and now I am looking to use the other for a video card.
I am not interested in changing the case of the computer, and I'm kind of newb, but figured out how to install cards. I'm also not really interested in changing the psu although it is very small (only 220w), if there is a cheap and easy psu, that can be installed with minimal effort (less than 30 minutes of work) I might be open to it, but it would have to cost $50 or less.
I mostly use my ps3 for gaming, but I want to play Starcraft 2 when that comes out, I don't need like 60fps Crysis or whatever, but some graphic power is desired.
So video card needs:
very low profile
very low amount of heat (or psu required)
512md-1gb ddr3 would be nice
What do you guys think?
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Okay well, how difficult is it to change out the PSU? I find this whole process pretty fun, but I dont want to get over my head. It sounds like with these small form factor PCs, that they are obviously limited in their upgrading capabilities. Does anyone know of a PSU upgrade that would fit this type of computer?
Also, keep the video card recommendations coming as well, I think low-heat, low profile is going to be my need.
Just to follow up , I wnet with an ATI Radeon HD 5570 and it runs like a champ. Play SC2 all the time and no problems, no over heating. It only got really hot during the campaign mode. This card does not seem to zap the power supply and paired well with the machine.