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Need to upgrade older, small computer

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
July 21, 2012 6:08:32 AM

So, I have a Gateway sx2311 computer that has an integrated graphics card (Nvidia GeForce 9200) that I need to upgrade. What I was wondering, is if I buy a bigger case with about a 500 watt power supply on craigslist, will I be able to run a video card like the HIS H667FN1G Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 so long as it fits? BTW my hopes are to run games like league of legends and sc2 with medium to high setting with 40 plus fps, if that's possible.

Some computer specs:

Computer: Gateway SX2311-03 ( here it is
AMD Phenom II *820 Processor (4 CPUs), ~2.8 GHz
Memory: 4096 MB RAM
4GB Ram DDR3
Integrated Nvidia GeForce 9200 Graphics

Sorry if the answer's obvious, I'm a bit new to the stuff myself.



July 21, 2012 6:13:46 AM

Also, if you have an idea of a better graphics that'll work for under 100 bucks, please tell.
a b U Graphics card
July 21, 2012 6:16:56 AM

If possible, can you post the current PSU? If it's above 400W, then the HD 6670 would work fine without a need to upgrade the PSU.

You would also be able to play those games on high settings with good FPS.
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a b U Graphics card
July 21, 2012 6:19:06 AM

Gateway uses propriety motherboards in most of their models, which don't fit in standard cases (not all, but most will not). Pretty sure yours is one of these that will not fit a standard case.
The motherboard does have one pice-e x16 slot, so you can fit a a small video card in there. I would recommend a low power card, like a 6670 or a 7750. Now I think the standard cards will squish in, if not look for low profile models.
July 21, 2012 6:24:09 AM

Yeah, I was looking at a larger case on craigslist with a 450 watt power supply (current is about 220). The motherboard fitting in may be a problem, however.

Thanks for the help though!
a b U Graphics card
July 21, 2012 6:40:19 AM

It would be better to just get a new PSU as most likely the mobo will not mount correctly in the new case. Should be cheaper and less headaches. Also, if possible, buy more fans to increase airflow inside of the current case to better cool the components.