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Newb Upgrade Computer - Graphics + Ram

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June 28, 2011 9:56:31 AM

Hello, I have a eMachine ET1331-45 (I know, its a killer machine...), basically any game I try to play it barley moves. So...was on tigerdirect.com and looking to buy RAM and new Graphics Card, but I dont know what to buy because I dont know what will fit with what I have. If anyone can post up some links to graphic cards that will work with that computer to run Starcraft II that would be great. THANKS!!!
a b Î Nvidia
June 28, 2011 12:34:02 PM

That PC was built for productivity and uses an integrated graphics solution (Nvidia 6150SE). This is why it doesn't game well.

According to this site, you have 1 slot available for a video card:

http://www.calibex.com/Acer-Emachines-Et1331-45-8251877...

If I were you, I'd be concerned about the power supply first. If you want a decent mid-range graphics card, you're going to have to be sure you know what kind of power you're working with. Does the power supply have a sticker on it indicating available power and Amps available on the 12V rail? If not, I would suggest you get a lower-end good supply such as a Corsair you can trust:

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

This will open up your options. Otherwise, I wouldn't trust using a decent discrete video solution in that system.

What is your budget for a new video card?
a b Î Nvidia
June 28, 2011 6:37:54 PM

It definitely will game better than your current setup. For $100 that's a decent card. That CX500 will have enough juice to power your system and the card.

Here's another review of that card to give you an idea of what to expect:

http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-460-se-review...

Did you check out your current power supply?
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