I've got a new Acer 1641m Desktop and I want to up the graphics on it. It does have PCI express but I'm not sure about the x16 I keep seeing on nvidia's cards. I picked the 1GB zoltac 9800. I'm going to up the power supply as well to 400w or so. My question is, will this card fit or do I need to go with (shudder) ATI? Thanks guys and gals.
Hy chpher i have the same model Acer m1641 and am running the zotac 9600 gt with no probs the heatsink version ( no fan so nice and quiet) have also upgraded the power supply to a 550 watt the 9600 takes its power from the MB and all sems to be stable so far!!
Thanks Firepin. So that 16x is just the architecture, I won't have a problem physically putting it in?
I Had no probs as i was not using the other 2 pci slots and the heat sink on the 9600 is a whopper but it in fitted very comfortably you will not be running multiple video cards in SLI. You are NOT going to be doing that on your MCP73VE, which is a microATX motherboard with just one PCIExpress 16x slot.
Just a good-quality 400W PSU will already be more than enough to power anything you can possibly ever stuff onto that tiny micro ATX motherboard.
A bigger PSU is NOT always better. PSUs run most efficiently when loaded to 60-70% of their rated output. At less than 60% load, A PSU is less efficient, which means extra unused capacity actually just generates extra waste heat.