very base got it on sale at future shop
I need to upgrade my computer really badly
Posted 11 August 2009 - 03:04 PM
What does this computer come with?
What are you planning to do with this computer (gaming, video/photo editing, e-mail)?
Posted 11 August 2009 - 03:12 PM
Or just give me a link.
Posted 11 August 2009 - 03:40 PM
Posted 12 August 2009 - 03:07 AM
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.
- Corsair VX550W 550W ATX 12V 41A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan
- Powercolor Radeon HD PCs 4850 625MHZ 512MB GDDR3 PCI-E VGA DVI-I HDMI Video Card
Edited by SalomonXM, 12 August 2009 - 03:09 AM.
Posted 12 August 2009 - 03:28 PM
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)
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
Posted 12 August 2009 - 04:24 PM
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.
Posted 13 August 2009 - 10:50 AM
What graphics card are you planning to get... and how much are you willing to spend for all the upgrades?
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