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Upgrade information for my Gateway FX7029E

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I am looking for information on upgrading my Gateway FX7029E. The power supply is 400 watts, is it possible to upgrade the power supply in this machine? Also I can only get the upper 8000 series nvidia graphics card due to the motherboard only being a pci express board and not a pci express 2.0 board. I have a intel core 2 quad 2.5ghz chip, what would be the best motherboard to upgrade to as I also have vista 64 bit and would like to keep the option of the board to upgrade to 8gig ram, I have 4gig. It comes with a 500 gig hard drive, how high of a drive, or combonation of hd's can I get to reach a maximum limit? I would also like a board that has SLI.

here are the specs: Thanks, Cmac

Operating Systems: Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium 64-bit SP1

Platform: PC

Orientations Allowed: Vertical

Form Factor: Minitower

Bays: 2 - 5.25" Drive Bays
1 - 3.5" Drive Bays

Internal Bays: 2 - 3.5" Drive Bays

Available 3.5" Drive Bays: 1

Available 5.25" Drive Bays: 1

PCI Slots (Total): 1

PCI Slots (Available): 0

PCI Express X1 Slots (Total): 2

PCI Express X1 Slots (Available): 1

PCI Express X16 Slots (Total): 1

PCI Express X16 Slots (Available): 0

PCI Express Slots (Total): 3

PCI Express Slots (Available): 1

Expansion Slots: 4

PS/2 Keyboard Connectors: 1

PS/2 Mouse Connectors: 1

USB Ports: 8

FireWire Ports: 2

LAN Ports: 1

Audio Out Jacks: 4

Line In Jacks: 1

Microphone Jacks: 2

Composite Video: 1

VGA Ports: 1

S/PDIF Connectors: 1

Processor Brand: Intel®

Processor Class: Core 2 Quad

Processor Number: Q9300

Processor Speed: 2.50GHz

Processors Supported: 1

Processors Onboard: 1

Memory Type: DDR2

Memory Size: 2x2GB

Total Memory: 4.0GB

Memory Speed: DDR2 667 (PC2-5300)

Memory Slots (Total): 4

Memory Slots (Available): 2

Maximum Memory Supported: 4.0GB - 32bit / 8.0GB - 64 bit

Interface: SATA II

Capacity: 500GB

Speed: 7,200RPM

Optical Drive Type: DVD±RW Dual Layer Labelflash

Type: Media Reader

Capacity: 15-in-1

Media Types: MicroDrive
Memory Stick
Multimedia Card
Memory Stick Duo
Memory Stick PRO Duo
Memory Stick PRO
Compact Flash II
Mini SD
Compact Flash I
Reduced size MultimediaCard
MMC Mobile, MMC+

Audio Description: Integrated Audio

Audio Chipset: High Definition

Channels: 7.1

Graphics Description: PCI-Express x16 Video Card


Video Memory: 512MB Memory

Video Interface: S-Video

Graphics Description: NTSC/ATSC
PCI Express TV Tuner

Video Interface: VGA (15-Pin D-Sub)
Stereo Audio
Coaxial ATSC

Communications Description: Integrated LAN Support

Interface Type: RJ-45 - Ethernet Connector

Chipset: Intel 82562V

Data Transfer Rate: 10/100 LAN

Communications Description: Integrated 56Kbps Modem

Interface Type: RJ-11 - Phone Connector

Protocols: V.92

Power: 400 Watt

Mouse Type: Optical

Buttons: 3

Connection Type: USB

Keyboard Type: Multimedia

Connection Type: PS/2

Front Speakers: 2

Height: 15.5"

Width: 7.25"

Depth: 16.5"
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Hi there, welcome. :)

You're currently running an 8800GT Quad-Core computer on a 400W PSU? :)

You surely can upgrade that PSU, it would be the first thing to be done, in my opinion.

Another point to consider, PCI-Express x16 and PCI-Express 2.0 are both inter compatible, so you can install a newer graphics card on your current motherboard, if you wish.

What kind of "maximum limit" are you wanting with hard drives? Are you looking for heaps of space?

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