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January 11, 2011 3:30:32 AM

I am hoping to upgrade the video card in my Acer X1700 desktop. Mainly I use the PC for playing World of Warcraft and a few other (mainly older) games. The newest thing that I play is Starcraft2 but I don't play that a ton. I also watch Hulu on this PC. I run at 1440x900 resolution.

Currently am using the Geforce G100 that came with the PC. Power supply is the stock 220 W supply. The case does require a low profile PCI Express card, so size and power are going to be considerations.

Processor in the PC is an Intel Pentium dual E2220 running at 2.3 GHz.

I'd like to buy from Newegg. My budget is approx $150.

I am wondering what video card(s) the community would recommend.

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January 11, 2011 1:19:52 PM

That power supply is terrible... so hard to find something that will work in it. You can't go with any Radeon HD cards, or Nvidia GTX/GTS cards either.

Would you be willing to use part of that $150 to buy a new PSU? You could get a new PSU for $50 or even less and then spend another $100 on a decent card. Does your desktop use a standard PSU, or it it something special?

I think that will be your best bet, otherwise, you have to buy a video card that is 10 years old or something.
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January 11, 2011 4:45:49 PM

I am definitely open to upgrading the power supply. I believe that it's a mini-ITX type supply. The highest wattage rating that I can find on Newegg is a 300W supply (this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) for about $60. Any decent cards at around $100 if I upgrade to the 300W supply?
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January 11, 2011 4:54:13 PM

Also it looks like from this thread (http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/281091-33-acer-aspire...) that some folks have had luck with the 9600GT or 5570HD without upgrading the power supply as it appears the card's power requirements are actually lower than specified. Although the 9600GT seems to be out of stock, the 5570HD looks to still be available so maybe I will just go that route.

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a b U Graphics card
January 11, 2011 5:22:39 PM

Yeah, I've seen others recommend the 5570 for low power machines. I really don't understand it, but I guess what they put as the power requirement (400W) is not true. The card must draw very little power.

Go off what was recommended I would say. Hope it all works out.
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January 18, 2011 3:49:33 PM

Happy to report that I ordered an HD5570 from New Egg and despite the 220W power supply it works great!
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a b U Graphics card
January 18, 2011 4:23:35 PM

Awesome! Glad you got it working :) 
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January 18, 2011 9:49:04 PM

Well I have what I'd say is a rather modern mid-range gaming system and I haven't measured anything beyond 170W power draw at full load (excluding any monitors). But my parts were rather carefully selected for this aspect, and it depends a lot on what the other components like CPU are.

I found it quite easy to get data on GPU power consumption, as many reviews seem to measure those nowadays. Things have really improved in just 2-3 years. Also remember that PSU recommendations are a bit overspecced, just in case.
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