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Can I upgrade my ACER Aspire's GPU?

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October 8, 2012 8:43:05 PM

model: AX1470-EW10P

I looked everywhere and can't find the info... can I upgrade my video card to a new low profile card?

thanks in advance...
a b U Graphics card
October 8, 2012 9:12:17 PM

It has a PCI-E x16 slot, but it also only has a 220W PSU, which is going to limit your options considerably to basically only lower end cards that can be powered off the PCI-E bus alone.
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October 8, 2012 9:55:33 PM

Thanks Looniam I appreciate the response what would be the number one best performing card to buy then for the system? Also the two comparions between them would make my choice quick simple and convincing... thanks again...
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a c 117 U Graphics card
October 8, 2012 10:06:17 PM

with your system specs i would say yes.

i hope you understand that this is not going to get you to play BF3 or crysis2. maybe a decent frame rate in D3 on low settings . . .
October 8, 2012 10:19:49 PM

Can I upgrade the power supply?
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a c 117 U Graphics card
October 8, 2012 10:33:37 PM

sure, though before you go too far down that road and trying not to sound harsh; what you have is an entry level PC set up, it does a great job running desktop applications, web browsing, watching videos and some very light gaming.

so upgrading the PSU in hopes of getting a big honking graphics card to play high end games would a waste of money.

now if you want to get a 350-450 watt PSU to add a 7770 card and have a little room to add a bluray drive and some hard drives for media storage, that would be reasonable.
October 8, 2012 10:41:05 PM

Nope I pretty much want it to play shogun 2 total war....don't care to watch blurays on my computer and have 1.5 TB and have trouble even filling 50 gb worth of data...
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a c 117 U Graphics card
October 8, 2012 10:50:10 PM

flemw1234 said:
Nope I pretty much want it to play shogun 2 total war....don't care to watch blurays on my computer and have 1.5 TB and have trouble even filling 50 gb worth of data...

it would squeek by:
http://www.game-debate.com/games/index.php?g_id=1091&ga...
October 8, 2012 10:57:45 PM

Well according to the chart...it's better then the recommended category....upgrading the video card might help significantly....
October 8, 2012 11:16:47 PM

What power supply would you recommend?
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a c 117 U Graphics card
October 9, 2012 3:51:52 AM

that chart is if you get just the 6570 which your PSU right now can handle.

actually finding a small sized PSU to upgrade for using a better card ,that would need a PCI power connection, is more difficult than i thought and expensive too.
Athena Power AP-TFX40 400W $119.99
btw, i did notice you are in canada . .right?

that PSU is for a slim line case though you might have a ATX (usual size) but put on its side, by chance would you be able to tell?
a b U Graphics card
October 9, 2012 4:22:20 AM

It's always a crap shoot if you can upgrade a slim case power supply. Sometimes they are odd shapes. I had a Compaq slim case with a triangle shaped one and another that was L shaped.

I'd also seriously wonder if a 6570 could be run reliably on a 220w PSU.
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a c 117 U Graphics card
October 9, 2012 5:58:11 AM

its a ~45 watt card


less than 130 watt total, its fine.
October 9, 2012 11:41:43 AM

Anonymous said:
that chart is if you get just the 6570 which your PSU right now can handle.

actually finding a small sized PSU to upgrade for using a better card ,that would need a PCI power connection, is more difficult than i thought and expensive too.
Athena Power AP-TFX40 400W $119.99
btw, i did notice you are in canada . .right?

that PSU is for a slim line case though you might have a ATX (usual size) but put on its side, by chance would you be able to tell?



looniam....I could measure the psu in inches if you'd like if that could help my situation....and yes I live in canada although I don't really know what that has to do with anything?...I basically know nothing about the current gen of computers I knew pretty well everything from the old Athlon XP's and back I used to be a tech for an ISP I gave up on computers because I just got tired of trying to keep up with everything and other things in life came my way....

October 9, 2012 12:56:40 PM

I opened it up and this is the info I could gather....it's a Delta Electronics Inc, Switching PSU (model DPS-220UB-3A, REV 00F).....shaped like a rectangular cube, with the frontal corner cut out of it like a staircase step, out of the cut out corner is the mass of wired connections.....the psu is roughly 2.5" high (top to bottom), 3.5" deep (towards the mobo inside of the tower), and under 8.5" long....I don't know if it's ATX I'm thinking no....it doesn't look like any ATX I've ever seen....mini-ITX or TFX needed most likely...I just want one that fits and provides the needed power for a powerful low profile such as an AFOX 7850. 6850, or AMD 7750...

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a b U Graphics card
October 9, 2012 3:21:21 PM
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THat doesn't sound too oddly shaped. It is probably a TFX sized power supply.

This is the highest wattage (400W) power supply of that size I could find: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or this is a better quality one at 350W: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

TFX is 3.4"x2.5" standard, so that's probably what you have.

Either should run a 7750 just fine. Those AFOX cards are hard to find and are probably too long for your case.
October 9, 2012 4:01:07 PM

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October 9, 2012 4:09:35 PM

Thanks twelve...having the number three selected low profile card is fine by me.....although how do you know if the AFOX's are too long?? I also assume the 7770 doesn't have a low profile variant?
a b U Graphics card
October 9, 2012 5:03:21 PM

flemw1234 said:
Thanks twelve...having the number three selected low profile card is fine by me.....although how do you know if the AFOX's are too long?? I also assume the 7770 doesn't have a low profile variant?


I don't KNOW they are too long, but I suspect they are. You have a small form factor case and long cards sometimes have problems even in big mid tower ATX cases. You'd have to measure the space in your case, factoring in any drives and case elements that would get in the way. As far as I know, nobody sells them in the US and they are extremely expensive to import.

I've never seen anything better than a 7750 available in low profile at any of the normal places to shop.


Just as a note, if you are serious about getting a better gaming card, you might consider gutting your Acer and using most of the parts to build a new rig with a standard size case and power supply. I am not sure if your motherboard would mount in a normal case, but everything else should, and you were going to buy a new PSU and GPU anyway. It might end up being better in the long run.
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