My computer is a Gateway SX2801-07e
with Windows 7
Intel Pentium processor E5700
Intel GMA X4500 graphics (Intel(R) G45/G43 Express Chipset) and
6GB DDR3 RAM
I'm not sure what kind of video card slot is in this thing; I'm more of a software kinda gal and not too keen on the hardware part.. I opened up the case and couldn't really see anything identifiable as PCI-E or AGP (to me) except a long black slot (but I'm not sure what that's supposed to be), but GPUZ is telling me that its only PCI, which I presume is pretty much outdated?
However, I would like to upgrade the graphics for gaming (Like Portal 2, Left 4 Dead 2, Team Fortress 2, etc.) since the graphics card keeps crashing on launch of Portal 2. Team Fortress 2 works fine on recommended settings (mostly medium and a few lows) with minimal lagging.
I also took pictures of the motherboard to see if anyone else could identify the video card slot,
I also labeled the front and back ends of the case just in case it was relevant:
Ok I just looked at your pics (helped alot) and that certainly looks like a PCI-e slot. It doesn't have the locking tab in the front but the layout is correct for PCI-e and backwards for standard PCI. I also just checked an old system with an AGP slot and it is totally wrong for that as well. The pic you took has to be a PCI-e slot. That is your good news. Now for the not so good.
Just like Demar said your power supply is completely inadequate for a good video card. 220 watts max is REAL low. Also based on the picture of your case you would have one heck of a time finding a video card that would fit into that area that would be worth spending money for.
You could go with a low profile card that is PCI-E 1X physically and that would defiantly plug into either slot. The back plate can be split in two so its half height and MUCH better than your onboard graphics. Your case looks short, as in a card longer than "6"?" would hit the DVD drive cage. Take some measurements from the back plate to the drive cage, that'll determine what you can physically install.
Also, does your BIOS have the option to select a primary video adapter?
The pictures aren't upside down XD The bottom of the picture is relative to the bottom of the case I also thought it was strange for the labels to be upside down like that..
Regarding the width of the case, I know that is around four inches wide, its one of those relatively new 'slim' standard cases. My monitor is taller than it is XD
So will I need to get a new case as well as a better power supply? Any recommendations on either of those?
Or would it be possible to tweak with the current one and somehow get it to take in for watts?..I know some electricians and other people who are good at that kind of thing. Or is that totally out of the question? Like I said, I don't know what I'm doing when it comes to hardware..
The BIOS comes up before Windows. It's all the old-fashioned looking text that appears when you first start your computer. There should be a note telling you what key to press to enter your BIOS settings, but it may go by quickly. Try delete (not backspace), pressing it repeatedly from power button to windows or until the BIOS comes up.
I have several friends/relatives with nearly identical systems form factor wise, also all made by Acer(who owns Acer/Gateway/Emachines).
And let me say, these are great so long as you don't want to actually ADD anything to them. The PSU's come with just enough cables for what comes with it. And sometimes aren't even enough to power what is included properly. I measured the Voltages from my stepmom's eMachines and they were all out of spec(Multimeter was used).