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Prebuilt Upgrade

Last response: in Systems
April 27, 2012 3:32:06 PM


I'm asking this on behalf of my friend who wants to get into PC gaming however fell into the trap of buying a prebuilt ( A Slimline to make it worse ) and has intel integrated graphics. Anything he attempts to play is unplayable with his current setup so I suggested getting a new graphics card which then snowballed into bigger problems. The PSU is a no name 220W and an odd shape, so the upgrade there is limited as an ordinary ATX PSU won't fit. So I then told him to look into a new case to house the new card and psu. However with alot of the parts all being odd shaped i'm wondering if the motherboard will also be a strange shape.

The current specs are as follows :
Acer X3950
i3 550 CPU
4GB DDR3 Ram
Intel HD GMA Graphics
220W Generic PSU

As for the motherboard I believe it is this but I'm not 100% sure.

The Upgrade would consist of :

Case -
I/O Plate as the current case has no plate.

He's on quite a small budget of around £150 and isn't too fussed about playing on ultra at 1080p, at the moment he has a 720p monitor so it shouldn't be as hard for the build to handle.

Hopefully somebody can help me out and make sure he is getting the best for his money and everything will fit/be compatible.


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April 27, 2012 11:11:36 PM

Suggest you do not do the case transplant.

A low power video card will make a huge improvement in their current slimline system. Stuff in a Radeon HD 6670 (66w TDP). That should run even with the 220w PSU.

Or wait a bit to see the much stronger HD7750 (55w TDP) comes in a low profile to fit the slimline case. I think they are only full size now.

Either way, if your friend decides they like gaming then steer them to a new PC with sandy bridge CPU, not the older i3-550, a power supply in the 400w range and room for a $150-$200 video card. Until then their current PC with the <$100 video upgrade will game just fine.

p.s. a good mouse is nice to have for gaming.