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March 17, 2012 8:15:39 PM

Hi. Here's a link to the computer I just got:
http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/model/PT.SDXP2.002

I want to upgrade the graphics card, and many people on here have suggested a 5670 for people with a 300W PSU, which I have and don't wish to replace.

Would this PCI-express x16 card be compatible? My computer has an x16 slot, but I'm confused if the 2.1 version matters.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thanks in advance.

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March 17, 2012 11:41:29 PM

C'mon, won't somebody help a noob?
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March 18, 2012 1:52:30 AM

First of all ^ bumping is illegal, and the moderators will come and find you.

Second, the Radeon 5670 would be great for a system like that. The version of the slot doesnt really matter compatibility-wise if its between 2.0 and 2.1. Sometimes there are issues though with 1.0 and 2.0, which is not your case. You will be able to play most games out there with that computer, save for very high end games like BF3 and Metro 2033. If money is no object, you can go for one of the new AMD Radeon 7750 cards. They also will run on a 300W PSU, and have very good performance.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

If I were to pick a 5670, I would go for this:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

It is a 6670, and there are only very marginal differences between the 5670 and 6670. This one is nicer because it comes with the GDDR5 memory onboard, which is faster than the DDR3 versions.
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March 18, 2012 10:58:44 PM

Thanks for the reply. Both of those suggested cards are listed as requiring a 450W PSU. But, that's ok? How do I know if they require a separate power cord/cable? I see that some cards specifically state that a separate cable needs to be plugged in.

Also, I upgraded my system to 8 gigs of DDR3 RAM. Does the video card RAM also need to be DDR3 or can it be any variety?

Thanks.
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March 19, 2012 2:16:36 AM

jparke78 said:
Thanks for the reply. Both of those suggested cards are listed as requiring a 450W PSU. But, that's ok? How do I know if they require a separate power cord/cable? I see that some cards specifically state that a separate cable needs to be plugged in.

Also, I upgraded my system to 8 gigs of DDR3 RAM. Does the video card RAM also need to be DDR3 or can it be any variety?

Thanks.


AMD just recommends that much just so they can say that when a card blows up and the power supply is not above their rated, they can say it was not a card problem and blame it on the PSU. I have put my fair share of 5670's and 6670's into computers with generic 300W PSUs. The card will run on that power supply and most people will be able to back me up on that.

Also, think of it this way. Your motherboard has a processor with DDR3 RAM, the video card is like its own processor with its own RAM, so they do not need to be the same.
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March 26, 2012 12:33:55 AM

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