Current system: 4GB RAM, 1.3Ghz Processor, DVD-RW drive, Windows 7 64 bit. It is a typical question. The issue I have is the 220w PSU and the integrated Radeon 6300 graphics.
There is a PCIe x 16 expansion port and I wish to upgrade my graphics by adding a new card. I do not need a top of the range but I want as good a card as I can afford. However,I know that the 220w power supply is very limiting.
I would rather have the best card I can get without increasing power but if I have to do it I need to know the most compatible items to install.
Can anyone kindly let me know of the most appropriate Graphics Card for my system to keep within 220w and a reasonable card and power supply if I need to go further?
also be careful that if you have an older PCIe 1.0 slot some 2.1 cards will have problems running in the older slot
if possible go to Acer support website and see if a BIOS upgrade is available
since that can help
Although... I am reading the AMD page on that card and it suggests 400w requirement, which seems at odds with the power consumption review you posted. Am I right in thinking the AMD page is referring to something like a 2GB version at the top most usage? None of the other product pages seem to state the power usage. I am eager for the 6450 to be the right one!
Card makers will always specify much higher wattage than the card really uses for safety and liability reasons
Please do realize that while this is a very low wattage card (approx 30w at max load)
that adding a GPU will increase stress on PSU
TBH the Acer wasnt really meant to have a discrete GPU
you will be pushing the PSU close to its limits
it is a risk you have to decide if you want to take
I personally use a HD 5670 (64w max load) on a Dell 280w PSU
I understand that I am possilbly risking my PSU but so far has been fine running
24 hours 7 days a week since May 2011
Upgrades can carry risks
King SMP, you have been a great help so far. These were wheedled out by looking for 128 bit, low profile cards but I keep worrying over the power costs and compatiblity. Any opinion on these, from anyone, would be helpful.
Actually as an experienced member I say you did perfect
Graphics is the section to ask about video card compatiblitiy with system
also you put it under Radeon
and you are buying a Radeon card
So I think you did fine
If there was a problem a moderator wouldve moved you to the appropriate section
this question might of fit in the OEM section under Acer but the problem is
that is a quiet section while Graphics is much busier
You did well
no apologies needed in my humble opinion