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I need to upgrade my computer really badly


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Acer Aspire desktop
very base got it on sale at future shop
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Can you post a link to where you bought this computer from.
What does this computer come with?
What are you planning to do with this computer (gaming, video/photo editing, e-mail)?
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gaming and i can tell you what i have in it if it helps
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Yes... give me the motherboard, CPU, RAM, HDD, Optical Drive, and graphics card.
Or just give me a link.
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http://alatest.co.uk...d3-61536496,28/
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Hi zman1018,

The Acer Aspire M1200 Computer has a PCI-Express 16x Slot available for a memory card which is a good thing; however, the system itself utilizes a 250 Watt Power Supply which is not sufficient.

You would need to upgrade the Power Supply to at least a 450 Watt Power Supply before being able to utilize a basic video card such as the Nvidia 8600GT or a Radeon 4850.

As you said you purchased your computer from Future Shop, NCIX.com and CanadaComputer.com both sell power supplies and video cards. Purchase during their sales can lead to a good power supply for $60 and a power supply for roughly $90-$150.

Edited by SalomonXM, 12 August 2009 - 03:09 AM.

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Those are very good suggestions SalomonXM.

Your processor looks good enough... you can overclock it to get some more power out of it (but I suggest you upgrade your PSU first)

The Radeon 4850 offers good performance for the money.
If you are looking for very good gaming performance, I would suggest a GTX 260 (REMEMBER... make sure you have enough room in your case for these cards... the 260 is a big card and you have a small case)
http://www.ncix.com/...anufacture=eVGA

Or get a 4870, if you have the money: http://www.ncix.com/...=radeon hd 4870
Also make sure that it will fit inside your case.
If you think you will be making some major upgrades (CPU, motherboard, etc.) get this PSU: http://www.ncix.com/...facture=Corsair

Other cards to consider would be the GeForce 9800 GTX+: http://www.ncix.com/...d=0&q=9800 gtx+
Or the GTS 250: http://www.ncix.com/...yid=0&q=gts 250
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im a nooby to this kinda stuff whats a PSU
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Hi zman1018,

A PSU is Power Supply Unit. Your current Power Supply is 250 Watts whereas the recommend Wattage is 450 Watts when you want to use a Graphics Card capable of Gaming.

NCIX's weekly sale will start at 6:30PM PST or 9:30EST. You'll want to find a 450 Watt - 550 Watt Power Supply, the sale should bring the prices to roughly $50 - $70 for a decent name brand power supply.
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For a power supply, choose one of Corsair's units. Their 550W, and 750W PSUs are very reliable and are what I would suggest.

What graphics card are you planning to get... and how much are you willing to spend for all the upgrades?
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