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Windows 7: Graphics card upgrade for a small factor PC?

28 Mar 2011   #1
blazingfire

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Graphics card upgrade for a small factor PC?

I was just wondering if there was any GPU upgrades, any brand would do, btw, for my Acer Aspire AX3900 PC.

I currently have an ATI Radeon HD 5570, and my mother board is apparently a FIH57 model with a PCI Express slot. And my PSU is 400 watts I believe.

Thanks in advance.


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28 Mar 2011   #2
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

You do have the proper expansion slot, however you have a very weak power supply, I'm actually surprised it even supports the 5570 according to the specs I found you only have a 220 watt psu. You're really going to need quite a bit more to be stable with a more powerful graphics card.
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28 Mar 2011   #3
blazingfire

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maguscreed View Post
You do have the proper expansion slot, however you have a very weak power supply, I'm actually surprised it even supports the 5570 according to the specs I found you only have a 220 watt psu. You're really going to need quite a bit more to be stable with a more powerful graphics card.
Ah well. Could you recommended a less power hungry card in the event I do upgrade my PSU, say, to 500 watts?
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28 Mar 2011   #4
gazz9496

 
 

i gotta say i was really struggling to find a more powerfull psu that would fit in there.

i did find Scan.co.uk: FSP GROUP VR400A 400W Power Supply (PSU)

400 watt psu but i think your asking for alot from such a small machine.

i'd be mildly troubled by a larger psu in such a small space and would pretty much flag it as a fire hazard, my opinion ofc but i don't think the case has adequate cooling for anything larger.
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29 Mar 2011   #5
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by blazingfire View Post
I was just wondering if there was any GPU upgrades, any brand would do, btw, for my Acer Aspire AX3900 PC.

I currently have an ATI Radeon HD 5570, and my mother board is apparently a FIH57 model with a PCI Express slot. And my PSU is 400 watts I believe.

Thanks in advance.
You could try this;

DailyTech - ASUS Unveils External Graphics Card

Some other info;

http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/mobile/...elerators.html

if you search on "External Graphics cards", or similar, you will find plenty of info.

Regards....Mike Connor
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29 Mar 2011   #6
blazingfire

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mike Connor View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by blazingfire View Post
I was just wondering if there was any GPU upgrades, any brand would do, btw, for my Acer Aspire AX3900 PC.

I currently have an ATI Radeon HD 5570, and my mother board is apparently a FIH57 model with a PCI Express slot. And my PSU is 400 watts I believe.

Thanks in advance.
You could try this;

DailyTech - ASUS Unveils External Graphics Card

Some other info;

ATI Boosts Notebook Graphics Performance with External Graphics Accelerators - X-bit labs

if you search on "External Graphics cards", or similar, you will find plenty of info.

Regards....Mike Connor
Thank you for that!! So the ATI Mobility series is an example of external GPU's right?
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29 Mar 2011   #7
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

I haven't found the documentation for your system, but I expect that the AX3900 requires a low-profile graphics card. (That's normal for small form factor PCs.)

If so, the 5570 is about as good as it gets. High-powered low-profile cards aren't made.

ATI mobility chips are usually used in notebooks, although some may find their way into all-in-one desktops.
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