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Upgrades for my sons Acer Aspire Predator G5900

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December 12, 2012 8:23:17 AM

I'm looking to upgrade my sons Acer Aspire Predator G5900 Desktop PC for Xmas. See here for he specs.:
http://www.simplyacer.com/Acer_Predator_G5900_1081411.h...

We are not looking at doing anything too major or spending too much as the games he plays mostly run OK, just some minor graphic problems and I think the money would be better spared to put to a better computer in a year or so.

He has already done a little bit of research and was looking to add 4GB (2GBx2), 240-pin DIMM, DDR3 PC3-10600 memory module.

And EVGA GTX 650 1GB GDDR5 DVI Mini HDMI PCI-E Graphics Card .

He hasn't got as far as researchng the PSU but if I've worked it out right, he'll need 600w +

Before I buy I just want to check we're on the right track with the graphics card? Can we do better for similar price?

and what should I be looking for in a PSU?

Any advice would be most welcome.
December 12, 2012 8:48:25 AM

You haven't really give a price range or specific vendor but I'll just say that a GTX 650 will be a somewhat decent improvement over the GT 440 of that desktop. It'd be more worthwhile to invest in at least a GTX 660 or AMD's 7870; both of which perform much better and are significantly more futureproof than the 650.

Are you saying that you're adding 4GB RAM/memory to the 4GB already present? If so, be careful as using two different memory modules models would most certainly cause problems.

As for a PSU, a 550W unit would suffice; you could up it to 650W if you think you'll ever upgrade again after this. Don't cheap out on whatever you choose, you wouldn't want any electrical problems. For brands that are trustworthy and reliable, Seasonic, Corsair (some of which, Seasonic manufactures for them), XFX, Antec, Enermax are highly regarded.
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December 12, 2012 9:31:13 AM

At the low end, I'd recommend a Radeon HD 7770 instead of the GTX 650. If you can step up to a Radeon HD 7850 you've got a pretty solid card for the next few years.
December 12, 2012 11:21:43 AM

Thank you both for your answers.

The memory is an additional 2 x 2GB to add to the 2 x 2GB already present. I think my son used the Crucial System Scanner and this was one "Guaranteed-compatible" options it came back with, so I was trusting them.

He was looking at this graphics card on amazon:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nvidia-GTX550Ti-192-Bit-Ready-G...
when he noticed the GTX650 "newer model" link underneath (£92 on ebuyer)

I've looked at both GTX 660 and AMD 7870 and they are around twice the cost of the GTX650, however I did see this one:
http://www.ebuyer.com/390921-sapphire-hd-7850-oc-2gb-du...
£149, only £57 more! Worth it if it adds another couple of years.

I'll hav a look a the PSUs later, got to get back to work now.
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