upgrading or replacing

Acer / Aspire x1400
December 17, 2011 at 15:37:21
Specs: windows 7, 2.8 GHz / 2815 MB
hey there. im thinking of either buying a new computer or uprading the one i have now so i can play some of the games i have including starcraft 2, borderlands etc... im not very good with computer so links are always helpfull. i was just wondering what i could upgrade to play these games and if not what type of computer that is realativley cheap should i get thanks!

system specs:

Manufacturer: Acer
Model: Aspire x1400
OS: windows 7
CPU/Ram: 2.8 GHz / 2815 MB
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430
Sound Card: High Definition Audio Device

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December 17, 2011 at 16:05:04
If you're specific as to what games you want to play, then you should think of a (likely new) machine to meet (actually exceed) the minimum requirements for those games:



For "high-end" games, the video, power supply and CPU are generally the most critical requirements. Most OEM machines have limitations on upgrading (especially concerning the power-supply), so it'd probably be best to start saving for a new machine, specifically one meant for gaming.

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December 17, 2011 at 16:26:07
Bad news
The board doesn't have pci-e x16 slot, the slot is used by video card.
U have two options
-Replace the current board OR
-Buy or build brand new system


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December 17, 2011 at 16:59:56
alright, thanks for the help, guess ill start saving.

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December 17, 2011 at 17:41:40
"The board doesn't have pci-e x16 slot"

It doesn't? Your link to the specs lists the graphics as a Radeon HD5450. Not a great card for gaming but it's definitely a PCIe x16 card, so the board must have a slot.

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December 17, 2011 at 19:01:15
@ riider

I would suspect the Raedon HD5450 GPU has been integrated in the motherboard rather than being a separate card. The board specs definitely do not include a PCIe x16 slot.

Note 4 at bottom of specs page seems to confirm this:
Shared system memory may be allocated to support integrated graphics, depending on system memory size and other factors. Actual system memory available to the operating system will be reduced by the amount of any memory utilized by the graphics solution and resources required by the operating environment.

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December 17, 2011 at 22:31:50
alright cool, any links or idea on what new machines i should look at, would be nice if they are realativley cheap but i would consider looking at more expensive.

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December 18, 2011 at 06:28:56
"I would suspect the Raedon HD5450 GPU has been integrated in the motherboard"

Look again at the specs:

"NVIDIA® nForce® 430 Chipset, supporting NVIDIA® GeForce® 6150SE Graphics"

The Geforce 6150SE is the integrated graphics. NVIDIA would NOT integrate ATI graphics. The only way the HD 5450 could be installed would be in a PCIe x16 slot.

@ cody826,

Before jumping the gun, please have a look at the back of your case & let us know where the monitor cable connects - to the motherboard or to an actual card. I assume you know the difference? Either that or open the case & have a look.

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December 18, 2011 at 06:34:30
U can build core i5 gaming system for under 500 bucks but technology changes frequently, when u have the cash come back here and start new thread.

Well i jumped to I/O expansion and i only found two slots. I think this is a acer fault, they should mention the PCI-e x16 slot even if it's used.

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December 18, 2011 at 15:55:04
@riider i opend the case and the moniter connection went to the mother board

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December 18, 2011 at 17:10:48
Seems weird that Acer would get a motherboard built with an Nvidia chipset specifically designed to operate with Nvidia graphics, then have an ATI GPU integrated, but that's exactly what they did. There is no X16 slot.

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December 18, 2011 at 20:18:14
There are some PCI video cards I believe still around, but I doubt that they would be up to gaming on.
"upgrading or replacing" -> If there is any resale value, sell it and replace it with something suitable for gaming.

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