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January 8, 2011 12:59:14 AM

Hi guys I must say that becoming a member of this site was one of the best decisions I have made. Thanks for having me.

Now my dilemma is I was given an Acer Aspire Model M1641-U1521A PC with an E1280 processor. The processor is 2 ghz. It is a 64bit pc and uses 2gb of ram and a maximum of 4gb. It is a Nvidia Geforce chipset and uses a Nvidia Geforce 7050 card. I would like to improve its performance with an upgrade leaving the processor as is.

My questions are can I use an ATI graphics card on this type of chipset without experiencing any problems and is it ok to max out the ram to 4gb.

I am using a 1080p display and would like the best video quality I can get from this machine, do u have a gpu recommendation for me. The recommendations that I have been given are Geforce GT9500 GT240 or a 55xx series ATI card. Oh I would really like the highest rated DDR2 compatible card available that can perform with the given specs of this pc. Finally will a 500 watt PSU be ok. I plan to use Vista OS

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a c 1401 U Graphics card
January 8, 2011 12:59:20 PM

You can use ATI cards no problem. With your 250watt PSU you should be able to run a HD5570 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168.... anything more powerful like HD5670 or GT240 would be at the limit of that PSU but if you go with a PSU upgrade you could go up to cards like GTS450 and HD5750 on a quality 450 watt PSU.
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January 9, 2011 1:01:48 PM

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January 9, 2011 1:37:39 PM

Thanks rolli59 and based on the GPUs you recommended are you saying that I am not limited to use a DDR2 card but can even use a DDR3 or DDR5 vidoe card? And would this PC specs live up to the performance of such a GPU? Once you respond I will go to newegg and buy one lol.

Thanks again
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a c 376 U Graphics card
January 9, 2011 1:44:17 PM

You say you want "the best video quality I can get." Are you talking about gaming or just playing video?
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January 9, 2011 1:54:56 PM

jyjjy said:
You say you want "the best video quality I can get." Are you talking about gaming or just playing video?

I watch a lot of bluray movies and some gaming but i know the pc is on the low end for gaming especially for the games of today so preferably movies but if you have a recommendation that can give me the best upgrade possible I am all ears.
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Processor Intel Pentium D 2 MHz
Installed Memory 2 GB (DDR2 SDRAM)
Operating System Microsoft Windows Vista Home
HDD Size 320 GB
Optical Drive Type DVD-ROM • DVD Burner • CD-ROM • CD Burner
Recommended Use Home Use
Processor
Processor Number E2180
Processor Type Intel Pentium D
Processor Speed 2 MHz
Processor Manufacturer Intel
Motherboard
Bus Speed 800 MHz
Video Output Interface PCI Express
Memory
RAM Technology DDR2 SDRAM
Installed RAM 2 GB
Max Supported RAM 4 GB
Number of Memory Slots 2 x DIMMs
Supported RAM Speeds 667 MHz
Installed Cache Memory 1 MB
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a c 1401 U Graphics card
January 9, 2011 1:57:48 PM

hemanhall said:
Thanks rolli59 and based on the GPUs you recommended are you saying that I am not limited to use a DDR2 card but can even use a DDR3 or DDR5 vidoe card? And would this PC specs live up to the performance of such a GPU? Once you respond I will go to newegg and buy one lol.

Thanks again

The Vram on the card is totally separate from the system ram and all types are compatible.
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January 9, 2011 2:02:18 PM

Grrreeeaaaatttttttt
Thanks :D 
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a c 376 U Graphics card
January 9, 2011 2:50:40 PM

Your onboard graphics is likely pretty capable for A/V stuff. If you want an upgrade that is capable of playing current games at modest settings and low resolutions then the HD5570 or HD4650 would be good choices.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The PCI-E 2.1 cards occasionally have issues with older 1.0 motherboards so the HD4650 may be the better choice.
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January 9, 2011 3:50:46 PM

Question I just went to newegg and I saw this G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL on the same page as a good choice to be used with the HD4650 gpu you recommended. I like them but will they do as replacement RAMS or is there no difference between DDR2 and DDR3 rams either as long as the pins match up and what about the different speeds.
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a c 272 U Graphics card
January 9, 2011 3:52:53 PM

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