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June 11, 2012 11:59:19 PM

My gaming experience. Im thinking of getting a new graphics card but i dont know if mine can be swapped and im on a limited budget of $50.

I have an Acer Aspire Slim Tower x3810 with a Pentium (R) Dual Core CPU E5200 2.5 GHZ with a 64 bit operating system

Im running windows vista home premium.

Any ideas? Thanks!
a b B Homebuilt system
June 12, 2012 12:04:10 AM

Be sure to get a low profile one with the included mounting bracket. Mine came with two brackets. Here's one within your budget: http://www.amazon.com/HIS-Radeon-128bit-Express-9H657HS.... It comes with an extra low profile bracket. It should work with your acer power supply. Newegg has it for less, but my newegg links aren't working today.
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June 12, 2012 12:06:36 AM

For $50, there is not much you can do. You can get a new GPU but for that price, current games would be abysmal to play.

What do you mean by it cannot be swapped? What is your GPU? Please put up your PC's specs so we can better help you.
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a b B Homebuilt system
June 12, 2012 12:07:21 AM

What do you have for a video card now?
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June 12, 2012 12:08:38 AM

Im not sure if its integrated or not. I know very little about computer tech, i put in the model and processor info hoping that you guys can help me out. I have the basic/standard video card.
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June 12, 2012 12:26:56 AM

$50 won't get you much of a video card and what games are you trying to play or want to play.

EVGA 01G-P3-1335-KR GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
$49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For $50 this is the best video card that you will get and it's low profile so it will fit your computer case. Your best bet is to look at the minimum requirements of the games you want to play and see if this card is in the mix. Here is a video chart so you can see where this card is and what other cards are around it so when you look at the minimum spec's you will be able to tell if this card is in the mix.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...
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June 12, 2012 12:55:51 AM

Will this video card perform better than the standard one? Will it reduce lag?
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a b B Homebuilt system
June 12, 2012 1:28:31 AM

You would have to determine if the lag your experiencing is because of your network connection or the video card and one way to find out is to play the single player mode of the game where your not going online to play. A video card will not get rid of lag that is from your internet connection.
If what you have now is intergrated video then the addition of a video card will give you better performance. Here are the spec's of the Pc that you have and the one thing that's going to throw a wrench into the whole thing is the power supply.
220w. The video card that I listed requires a 300w power supply to be in your computer and I don't know if the 220w is going to be close enough to the requirements to run the card. The one thing to consider is that card makers will usually say a higher wattage then what's actually needed to give themselves a cushion.

http://www.retrevo.com/search?q=Acer+X3810&rt=sp&modeli...

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=N82E168...
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