I need help upgrading my graphics

i have an acer aspire x1200. its a mini tower. It has integrated graphics geforce 9200. It plays world of warcraft pretty well but wont run swtor. I want to upgrade my card but the shell is small and its sporting a super-small 220w power supply. I will definately need a low profile card that will fit in the tower and run off of the low power supply. help please.
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  1. Would you be interested or able to upgrade the power supply, because to get a video card that works with a 220w power supply might not be able to play Swtor.

    ASUS ENGT430/DI/1GD3/MG(LP) GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card
    $55.99 and a $20 rebate makes it $35.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121471

    PNY VCGGT4301XPB GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Video Card
    $64.99 and a $20 rebate makes it $44.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133356

    These cards are at the low end of minimum requirements and they require a 300w psu to be in the computer. I think that to get a video card for your game you will also have to get a power supply. Is the computer a slim case model and does the power supply look like this;

    Athena Power AP-TFX40 400W TFX12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    $83.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817338082
  2. Athena Power AP-TFX35 350W TFX12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply for many HP Slimline System Upgrades/Replacement - OEM
    $65.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817338064

    SeaSonic SS-300TFX Bronze 300W TFX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - OEM
    $42.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151090

    Here are a couple more to look at and keep in mind that the larger the power supply the better the video card that you will be able to get. Also can you please list the exact model number of the computer so I can see if you have an available pci-e slot.
  3. well i would definately be nterested in upgrading my power supply, but the tower is incredibly small. would i be able to find one that wouldnt heat the pc up/vent properly/fit properly?
  4. i believe the model number is:
    ax1200-b1781a

    in every forum ive checked power supplys r an issue with this tower.
  5. Ok the good news is that you do have an available pci-e slot for a video card. When you checked the forums was the issue with the power supply the fact that it was too small?
    It looks like the choice will be your to make if you want to go ahead and upgrade the power supply as well as the video card. Did you look at the links that I provided of the power supplies and if they match in size and shape as to what you have inside your case? The power supplies cmoe with a fan inside so they will blow heated air out.
  6. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/295972-28-want-upgrade-video-card-power-supply-acer-aspire-x1200


    theres some pictures posted here if you scroll down alittle. It shows you just how cramped it is in there. i looked at the ones you showed me, i just cant really tell if theyd fit. i know nothing about power supplys
  7. Ok those power supplies that I had listed will fit in there but it will take some time to do it because it is very tight , so it will be up to you if you want to go through with this or not , first you will have to choose which power supply you want to go with and then you can choose what video card that you want.
    The good thing is that those power supplies don't have a lot of wires for connections so it shouldn't be overly complicated. You could take pictures of the inside of your case so you would have a reference point to refer to if you forget something or are unsure.
  8. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102934
    SAPPHIRE 100323L Radeon HD 6570 1GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
    $69.99 and a $10 rebate makes it $59.99

    This would be the high end since it requires a 400w power supply. You will notice that all the cards that I have suggested are low peofile and with that case being a slim line case it is what you have to get for video cards.

    ASUS EAH6570/DI/1GD3(LP) Radeon HD 6570 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card
    $69.99 and a $20 rebate makes it $49.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121441

    These cards also come with extra brackets so you can change from regular to low profile.
  9. Thank you very much for all your help. this is a project i think im going to embark on. One thing that concerns me though is the heat. Do you think that over-heating will be a problem if i upgrade the power supply? what would determine that? the position of the fan? the location of the vents on the shell? things like that? i definately dont want my computer to fry, i cant afford another one haha.
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