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Upgrading an Acer Aspire x1700

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February 17, 2013 10:42:50 PM

I have been using an Acer Aspire x1700 for over 3 years now. It's been running great apart from the graphics card. My plan is to transfer everything to a larger case to fit a bigger power supply and a better graphics card (on the cheap, around $100). I've never done anything like this so I figured I should get some advice before I spend my money and/or blow something up. I've done a little research and here are the components I've been looking at on Newegg:

COUGAR Spike Black Steel / Plastic MicroATX Mini Tower Gaming Case

COOLMAX ZX Series ZX-700 700W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

EVGA 01G-P3-N988-RX GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card (Refurbished)

My questions are:
1) Will this work and will everything play together nicely?
2) Will I need to add or upgrade anything else?
3) The Aspire has a built in card reader in the front. What do I do about transferring that?
4) Any problems I might run into or any general tips on this sort of thing?

Thanks in advance.



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February 17, 2013 10:45:48 PM

Get an hd 7770. Its a million times better that the card you listed.

Get a 500w PSU from Antec, Xfx, Corsair, Seasonic. Coolmax is complete crap.

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February 17, 2013 11:18:28 PM

The HD 7770 needs a PCI Express 3.0 x16. My motherboard only has a PCI Express 2.0 x16. I assume that means it won't work right?

How about Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 for the PSU?
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February 17, 2013 11:19:44 PM

That PSU is fine and any 3.0 card is 2.0 backwards compatible with no performance loss at all. You're good to go.
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