Gateway SX 2370-US10P Power Supply Upgrade

March 30, 2013 at 13:46:03
Specs: Windows 7, AMD Vision A6 / 14GBs
I've noticed that several members bought this machine or at least considered buying this one. They recommended a power supply upgrade, like this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

But no one followed up saying that it was compatible. I use this box for school and I'm just looking for a basic video card upgrade. I'm not attempting to transform it into a gaming machine, I just want to improve the Minecraft, photoshop and Google Earth experiences. I've upgraded it to 14GBs of RAM, so now I'm looking for another boost.


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#1
March 30, 2013 at 14:19:54
What is the current power supply model or all the information on the label?

Below is a link to the specs for your unit. You have a slim case. You will need a low profile graphic card and probably a power supply upgrade. Geteway doesn't provide the specs of the PSU other than to say it is 220W.

We need the information off the label including the letters at the beginning. That is not an ATX PSU but I am not sure what it is without that info.


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#2
March 30, 2013 at 14:28:41
Can't see PCIe x16 slot from these pictures
http://www.microcenter.com/product/...

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#3
March 30, 2013 at 16:03:59
"I've noticed that several members bought this machine or at least considered buying this one"

I highly doubt any helpers in these forums would have recommended a system with a slim style case. As you're finding out, it has very limited upgradeability. From a review:

The downside here is that the slim case design of the system means that even though there is a PCI-Express graphics slot, the space and the very low 220 watt power supply pretty much only allow the most basic of graphics cards to be installed such that there is almost no benefit to adding a dedicated card.

http://compreviews.about.com/od/bud...


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#4
March 30, 2013 at 19:07:38
I guess I should have posted that in the first place... It's currently this Chicony CPB09-D220R 220Watt Power Supply http://www.ascendtech.us/chicony-cp...

Also this is the motherboard DAA75L - aParker http://www.findlaptopdriver.com/mai...

I just can't seem to find out the max power supply it can handle


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#5
March 30, 2013 at 19:57:07
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...
http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?In...
It may work with Chicony 220W power supply.

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#6
March 30, 2013 at 20:34:17
I've got about $200 to work with, I was thinking that a power supply upgrade would run about $70 to $90 and then I could drop the rest on a decent graphics card. It wouldn't be a huge upgrade, but would satisfy my casual gaming(minecraft, elder scrolls, etc) But would it be more beneficial to buy a new case with a power supply and a new full size motherboard and transfer everything other and then spend $80 to $100 on a graphics card?

Case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ... -$30
Motherboard - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ... - $80
$90ish left over for a graphics card?

I'm kinda of thinking that going the second route helps setup the PC for better upgrades down the road, like a faster hard drive or a bluray drive or even more RAM.


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#7
March 30, 2013 at 23:32:56
Alone a good 480W PSU cost more than 30 bucks, don't buy system case with PSU as one. A good unit like Corsair 430W cost 45 bucks.
What are u going to do with gateway once u remove CPU, Ram, optical & hard drive?

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#8
March 31, 2013 at 08:03:45
I'm guessing you added 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 to the original 6GB. Tests have shown that DDR3-1333 bottlenecks the AMD A-series CPUs. Had you dumped the original RAM & replaced it with 8GB (or 16GB) DDR3-1866, it may have been all you need to do.

http://www.legitreviews.com/article...

The integrated HD 6530D is no slouch. Use the following chart as a guide. Make sure to go at least 3 tiers higher or you'll just be wasting your money. Try to find something that will work with your 220W PSU.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...

"I just can't seem to find out the max power supply it can handle"

There is no "max power supply". You could install a 1000W unit if you could find one to fit in your case. It will only produce as much wattage as needed by the system, no more. It doesn't produce 1000W continuously. The Athena that you linked to is garbage. If you feel you must upgrade the PSU, try to find something decent. It's not going to be easy due to the limitations of the slim-style/ mini-ITX design.


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