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Windows 7: AMD 7770 HD in ACER Aspire M3910

13 Mar 2013   #1
digitalfunction

Windows 8 64bit
 
 
AMD 7770 HD in ACER Aspire M3910

Hi, I have an ACER Aspire M3910, the spec from the web site:

Processor: Intel Core i5 (650) 3.2GHz 4MB (L3 Cache)
Package: LGA1156
Chipset: Intel H57 Express
PCI 32 bit: 1 x PCI Slots
PCI Express Slot: 1 x PCI Express x16, 2 x PCI Express x1 Slots
Integrated Network: Yes
Integrated Sound: Yes
Memory (Maximum): 4096MB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM
Memory Slot: 4 x DIMM
Hard Disk: 500GB (1 x 500GB) 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive
Graphics Device: NVIDIA GeForce GT 320 1024MB Dedicated
Optical Drive Type: DVD±RW
Keyboard: Wired keyboard
Pointing Device: Wired Optical Mouse
Sound Card: High-definition audio support
VGA Port: 1 x 15-pin D-Sub
HDMI Port: 1 x HDMI
USB Ports: 10 x USB 2.0
RJ-45 Ports: 1 x RJ-45
Audio Line In Ports: 1 x Line-In/Line-Out/Mic-in
Headphone Ports: 1 x Hi Definition Headphone Port
Microphone In Port: 2 x Microphone In
Keyboard Port: 1 x PS/2
Mouse Port: 1 x PS/2
Removable Flash Memory Adaptor: Multi Card Reader
Wired Network: Yes
Network Interface: Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000Mbps Integrated

I have upgraded the RAM to 11GB (added x2 4GB), also added a 7200rpm SATA hard drive internally.

The power supply has a label that reads 300W.

I recently purchased this XFX AMD 7770 HD graphics card:
XFX HD 7770 Core Edition 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDMI.. | Ebuyer.com

The card is installed but I now realise I need a 6 pin power lead to connect to the card :-O

I read somewhere that the card does not draw a lot of power and that my computer should be able to power it?

I've taken a video which hopefully can show off what's inside the computer: http://db.tt/hjbHfVSx

The question is, can I power the card using my existing setup? I've seen 6 Pin PCI-E to 2 X 4 Pin Molex Power Cables, could one of these be used? maybe split from an existing cable :-/

Ideally I'd like to use my existing setup, failing that I guess I would have to buy an upgraded PSU? Something I probably won't bother with as I expect that would open another can of worms?

Unless there is some sort of external power supply method?

Hoping someone could please offer some advice? :-)


My System SpecsSystem Spec
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14 Mar 2013   #2
Chalky Emultion

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by digitalfunction View Post
Hi, I have an ACER Aspire M3910, the spec from the web site:

Processor: Intel Core i5 (650) 3.2GHz 4MB (L3 Cache)
Package: LGA1156
Chipset: Intel H57 Express
PCI 32 bit: 1 x PCI Slots
PCI Express Slot: 1 x PCI Express x16, 2 x PCI Express x1 Slots
Integrated Network: Yes
Integrated Sound: Yes
Memory (Maximum): 4096MB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM
Memory Slot: 4 x DIMM
Hard Disk: 500GB (1 x 500GB) 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive
Graphics Device: NVIDIA GeForce GT 320 1024MB Dedicated
Optical Drive Type: DVD±RW
Keyboard: Wired keyboard
Pointing Device: Wired Optical Mouse
Sound Card: High-definition audio support
VGA Port: 1 x 15-pin D-Sub
HDMI Port: 1 x HDMI
USB Ports: 10 x USB 2.0
RJ-45 Ports: 1 x RJ-45
Audio Line In Ports: 1 x Line-In/Line-Out/Mic-in
Headphone Ports: 1 x Hi Definition Headphone Port
Microphone In Port: 2 x Microphone In
Keyboard Port: 1 x PS/2
Mouse Port: 1 x PS/2
Removable Flash Memory Adaptor: Multi Card Reader
Wired Network: Yes
Network Interface: Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000Mbps Integrated

I have upgraded the RAM to 11GB (added x2 4GB), also added a 7200rpm SATA hard drive internally.

The power supply has a label that reads 300W.

I recently purchased this XFX AMD 7770 HD graphics card:
XFX HD 7770 Core Edition 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDMI.. | Ebuyer.com

The card is installed but I now realise I need a 6 pin power lead to connect to the card :-O

I read somewhere that the card does not draw a lot of power and that my computer should be able to power it?

I've taken a video which hopefully can show off what's inside the computer: http://db.tt/hjbHfVSx

The question is, can I power the card using my existing setup? I've seen 6 Pin PCI-E to 2 X 4 Pin Molex Power Cables, could one of these be used? maybe split from an existing cable :-/

Ideally I'd like to use my existing setup, failing that I guess I would have to buy an upgraded PSU? Something I probably won't bother with as I expect that would open another can of worms?

Unless there is some sort of external power supply method?

Hoping someone could please offer some advice? :-)
Upgrade your PSU. An HD 7770 requires at least a 500W PSU...
Your 300W PSU is not enough...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Mar 2013   #3
digitalfunction

Windows 8 64bit
 
 

Thanks :-)

I sort of expected that might be the case; I've been looking into just that and think I've found a PSU that fits the bill, fingers crossed it doesn't seem like it will be that hard to fit either.

I did see a few other solutions: one involved using another PSU and running a cable through the back of the tower into the gfx card; the other was an internal additional power supply that fitted into a 5.25 bay, both interesting, but looked like they'd probably be more hassle in the end.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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14 Mar 2013   #4
Chalky Emultion

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by digitalfunction View Post
Thanks :-)

I sort of expected that might be the case; I've been looking into just that and think I've found a PSU that fits the bill, fingers crossed it doesn't seem like it will be that hard to fit either.
With these components you need a good PSU. Whay PSU did you find?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Mar 2013   #5
digitalfunction

Windows 8 64bit
 
 

I went for this: OCZ 500W CoreXStream PSU | Ebuyer.com

I googled for reviews and all seemed favourable, it's ordered so I hope it is decent?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Mar 2013   #6
Chalky Emultion

 

It's not really good, but it's more than decent...

With this PSU you will be fine... OCZ is a good trademark, the important thing is to avoid bad trademarks (like Nilox... I own a Nilox 600W PSU... It burned my Radeon HD 4870 X2 )
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Mar 2013   #7
digitalfunction

Windows 8 64bit
 
 

Phew, that's good enough Thanks for your advice
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Mar 2013   #8
Chalky Emultion

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by digitalfunction View Post
Phew, that's good enough Thanks for your advice
You're welcome enjoy your new HD 7770
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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