Solved How far can I push this heck of a deal Gateway desktop

Acer Gateway sx2370 desktop computer - a...
February 3, 2012 at 20:00:10
Specs: Windows 7, Amd A6-3600/16gig
I read a simular thread here and didn't want to hijack it.

I got a heck of a deal on a Gateway SX2370 ($380 after tax and shipping) and want to use a
ATI Radeon HD 5570 1GB card in it. I understand the PSU is only 220w and that this card should do ok? I already ordered 16gigs of ram for it from Crucial :-). I know this will never be an awesome gaming rig. I am not expecting it to be.
Just want to beef it up to its max!
Supposedly it is compatible to do a hybrid crossfire. Would the HD5570 be able to do this with the integrated HD6530D Graphics with the existing PSU? Would it be able to do crossfire even if I upgraded the PSU?



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February 4, 2012 at 13:19:23
OK, so you want to "beef it up to its max" despite it's limitations? Fine with me, it's your money. You can find higher wattage mini-ITX PSUs but the selection is slim. Here's a 400W for $75 after the promo code:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

The graphics card you can use for Radeon Dual Graphics (the new name for APU Hybrid Crossfire) depends on the APU. Your HD 5570 won't work, you'll need a HD 6670, HD 6570, or HD 6450. Here's that info & the site it came from:

"the graphics controllers on the A8 (HD 6550D IGP) and A6-series (HD 6530D IGP) processors are compatible with any AMD graphics card based off of the Turks and Caicos cores (HD 6670, HD 6570 and HD 6450)"

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/foru...

Since you want the max, you'd want the HD 6670. Here's 2 to choose from for about $100:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

I have no idea what you paid for RAM. Did you get 2 x 8GB or 4 x 4GB? Either way, I'm sure you paid $200 or more. Tally it all up & you're up to $755.



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February 4, 2012 at 03:06:43
"PSU is only 220w "

That's nowhere near enough for the latest hardware devices and games-capable video cards. You need at least a 400w PSU.


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#2
February 4, 2012 at 03:37:39
I am not so sure about that. I have recently bought a Dell Inspirion 620 and that only has a 300 watt PSU. Admittedly it is using the built in graphics of the i3 CPU and not an add in graphics card but it does run Flight Simulator X at max settings.

The reason I say this is because I have a power monitoring device that latches onto the main power input cable and monitors electricity consumption. Previously with my old computer, an Intel Celron that was well past its best, I was using 250 watts and hour with just the computer turned on. Since getting the Dell the hourly rate has gone down to 150 watts per hour, a little more when it is working hard. That is quite a saving on electricity consumption.

Although the computer itself is a lot more powerful, it seems to be more efficient at using the power available. This is also born out by the CPU temps which really struggle to get above 40C.

Stuart


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#3
February 4, 2012 at 06:33:07
Sorry to burst your bubble, but did you consider the downside to this system before you bought it? It has limited upgradability due to the case design & it also has poor cooling characteristics. The video card is at the very top of the case which is the worst possible place for it, plus the case doesn't appear to have any cooling fans (at least not that I can see in the pics). It also appears the video card will have to be "low profile" which will limit your selection considerably & the power supply is a Mini ITX which will limit its upgradability as well. Click on the picture in this link to open the image gallery & you'll see what I mean about the case design:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

It also has a "slow" 5400RPM HDD:

http://us.gateway.com/gw/en/US/cont...

Upgrading the RAM amount to 16GB is the last thing you should have done, not the 1st, & it probably wasn't even necessary. Have a look at this article regarding RAM upgrades:

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


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February 4, 2012 at 11:14:50
Your not bursting anyones bubble. I already know what I got. Did you even read the question? and I Quote:
"I know this will never be an awesome gaming rig. I am not expecting it to be.
Just want to beef it up to its max! Supposedly it is compatible to do a hybrid crossfire. Would the HD5570 be able to do this with the integrated HD6530D Graphics with the existing PSU? Would it be able to do crossfire even if I upgraded the PSU?"


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February 4, 2012 at 13:19:23
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OK, so you want to "beef it up to its max" despite it's limitations? Fine with me, it's your money. You can find higher wattage mini-ITX PSUs but the selection is slim. Here's a 400W for $75 after the promo code:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

The graphics card you can use for Radeon Dual Graphics (the new name for APU Hybrid Crossfire) depends on the APU. Your HD 5570 won't work, you'll need a HD 6670, HD 6570, or HD 6450. Here's that info & the site it came from:

"the graphics controllers on the A8 (HD 6550D IGP) and A6-series (HD 6530D IGP) processors are compatible with any AMD graphics card based off of the Turks and Caicos cores (HD 6670, HD 6570 and HD 6450)"

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/foru...

Since you want the max, you'd want the HD 6670. Here's 2 to choose from for about $100:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

I have no idea what you paid for RAM. Did you get 2 x 8GB or 4 x 4GB? Either way, I'm sure you paid $200 or more. Tally it all up & you're up to $755.


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February 4, 2012 at 14:26:35
I own one of them but I didn't do the crossfire deal. I read on one site that you have to use one of a few video cards only to get it to work. I think it was hybrid crossfire or such. Dunno.

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February 4, 2012 at 23:18:53
Thank you very much for the info riider! I really appreciate it. I didn't want to buy parts and have them not be compatible. Exactly the type of info I was looking for!
I got a deal on the ram with free shipping $22 bucks a 4gig stick (4 sticks) so it was just under $100 bucks for the ram after tax, And I might go with a lower priced card as long as it can do radeon dual graphics. Was hoping to not have to upgrade the PSU but obviously I have to, and finding the right one to fit the case is key.

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