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I currently have the Acer Aspire X1 AX1420G-U5832 small-form factor desktop with a Liteon PS-5221-9AB power supply. My motherboard is an NVIDIA nForce 430. I am interested in purchasing a PNY VCGGTX550TVXPB GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express graphics card and with at least a 400W power supply to go with it. Which power supplies would fit? Thanks.

Specifications below

Specifications
General Information
Series Aspire
Model Number AX1420G-U5832
Lifestyle Home & Student
Color Black
Operating System
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit)
Case & Motherboard
Form Factor Tower
Case Orientation Vertical
North Bridge Chipset NVIDIA nForce 430
Processor
CPU Brand AMD
CPU Core Quad-Core
CPU Type Athlon II X4
CPU Speed 645 3.1GHz)
CPU Socket AM3
CPUs Installed 1
CPUs Supported 1
CPU Main Features Virtualization Technology
AMD 64 Technology
Enhanced Virus Protection
MMX
Advanced Bit Manipulation
3DNow!
SSE
SSE2
SSE3
SSE4a
Memory
Total Memory 4GB
Memory Speed DDR3-1333
Form Factor 240-pin DIMM
Maximum Memory Supported 4GB
Hard Drive
HD Capacity 1TB
HD Interface SATA
HD RPM 5,400 RPM
HD Configuration 1 x 1TB
Multimedia Drives
Optical Drives Included 1
Optical Drive DVDRW
Optical Drive Specs DVDRW Drive
Display
Display Type Display Not Included
Video
GPU Type NVIDIA GeForce 6150 SE
Display Interface 1 x VGA
Audio
Audio System High Definition Audio
Communications
LAN Gigabit LAN
LAN Data Rate Speed 10/100/1000Mbps
Card Reader
Card Reader Memory Card Reader
Back Panel Ports
VGA 15-pin 1
USB 2.0 6
LAN RJ-45 1
Audio 2
Power
Power Supply 220 Watt
Environmental Specifications
Energy Star Compliant Yes
Physical Specifications
Width 3.9"
Depth 14.5"
Height 10.6"
Manufacturer Warranty
Parts 90 days
Labor 90 days
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:welcome: sw064351

Your best bet is to open up the case and measure the present PSU and check the room available for any add on video card, this based on the fact that your case is the SFF (small form factor) type and these often have smaller and differing shape PSUs than the standard ATX type and only enough room for a low profile type add on video card.

If you require guidance with measuring the PSU and/or video card please let us know.

NB: A better card than the PNY brand http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814130625, note these cards require a minimum of a 400W output PSU and so give yourself some headroom and go for a 450 - 500W as a minimum, that is if you can upgrade the present hardware of course.
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Thanks for your reply. I tried to do some searching on my part and came across this power supply and graphics card. What are your thoughts?

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817104132 (which is a small power supply, should be the same size as the one I have right now)
GeForce GTS 450 - which should be a half-height card, need a small size because of the small form factor. Thanks again.
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Sorry for the delay in replying this was due to not receiving notification of your latest reply.

Have you measured the present PSU to confirm that the FSP will fit, the same for the add on video card.

The FSP brand are not as well known as some of the other brands but they are trusted enough by other brands such as Antec and OCZ + a couple of other well known brands for them to use the FSP internal components in their own brands, some further information @ http://www.realhardt...vos/Page541.htm

The best GTS450 I could find http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814125397

An alternative video card to consider http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814161397
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Given that my motherboard is an nForce 430, will an ATI video card be compatible with that board? Also, the two cards you suggested are half-height, correct? Many thanks.
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My apologies I think my eyesight is failing, I looked for GTS 430 http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814125346

The AMD card I suggested is a good performer, half height ready and will work perfectly well with your MB, you did read of compatibility issues years ago but most of the time the problems were caused by incorrect driver installation.
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The other option I am considering is picking up a mid-sized tower to give me more options
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Another option if you stick with your present case http://www.tigerdire...4531&CatId=3669

A good quality and inexpensive mid tower case if you decide to also upgrade the SFF http://www.newegg.co...ID=3938566&SID=
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I will give you the specific dimensions of my power supply a little later, appreciate all your help!
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The part looks something like this: http://www.amazon.co...y/dp/B00457A6QM

Would measuring the length width and height be good enough? Its shape does look a little irregular as it isn't perfectly rectangular, there is a small part that sticks out...
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There is a very good chance that a regular sized ATX PSU will not fit but there is also a chance that one may so checking the dimensions and the space available must be done, typical PSU dimensions 5.9"(W) x 3.4"(H) x 5.5"(L) the shape of the PSU is not always a limiting factor unless the case has a compartment that is specifically shaped the same as the PSU.
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