Hi again guys. I've been appreciating the help so far and I am three days away from getting the funds to purchase my new card. I have been intently looking at the GTX 460 (ENGTX460-PCIE-1GB-CO-R), and I'd like to know how to check my PC to make sure I'm gonna be good to install this.
Again, my build is:
Acer Aspire AM3470G-UW10P
2.2 GHz A6-3620 AGP (2.5 GHz Turbo Boost)
Onboard Radeon HD 6530D
300w OEM PSU
Yes, yes, yes, the PSU is coming out as well, definitely gonna get at least a 450w if not more. But I want to make sure my PC can support all these requirements that are listed. Again, I'm new to this so I'd appreciate any help as how I can check and make sure everything is on the up and up.
•Two (2) available rear expansion slots (Does this mean two of those little filled in slots with nothing in them? If so, I'm good, I have 4 of those empty.)
•Available PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot with available adjacent slot (I know there is a PCI-e x16 slot on the mobo, but it doesn't specify in the specs whether it is 2.0 or not. I've hear that PCI-e is backwards compatible? Also, this "available adjacent slot"? Does that mean this is gonna need two PCI-e 2.0 x16 slots or is this gonna cover up another slot? This is my biggest question mark.)
•Two (2) 6-pin PCI Express power connectors (So I need to find a PSU with two of these available?)
•DVI or HDMI display (Check.)
Thank you again everyone. If you need any more info, please ask. I'll do my best to answer so I can get a good idea of what I need.
Let me go through your checklist
1) Yes it means the slots on the rear of your case.
2) Yes it means it will cover up another slot.
3) Yes you need 2x 6 pin connectors. So yes you need to find a psu with 2 of these available.
I only wonder if your CPU would bottleneck the gpu.
I'm actually afraid of this as well, but I plan to build my own PC early next year (tax time!) so I could just yank this out and throw it in there with a better CPU in my custom rig, right? Thanks for the answers. If all it is gonna do is cover another slot, then I guess I don't have anything to worry about, because I don't plan to utilize any other slot at the moment.