This ASUS Essentio is my computer. I've had it since New Years and it's never given me any trouble at all, I love the thing. The specs are listed but notably it has a Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz 64 bit Dual Core Processor, 4GB memory, 300W power supply, and as far as expansion goes, it has 1 x PCI, 1 x PCI-e 2.0 x16, and 2 x PCI-e x1.
Up until now I've been primarily using it just for entertainment and typical internet stuff, but I used to play World of Warcraft, Dragon Age, and a few other things on my old system and... well. I'm getting a little peckish for gaming. Except it has a built in, crappy Intel HD Graphics card that just won't cut it for basically anything. I'm currently, ha ha, focusing on playing the Sims 3, which you wouldn't think is demanding, but a look at the system/vid card requirements will tell you otherwise.
So I'd like to upgrade the video card; however, problem is the 300W power supply. I ended up buying a NVIDIA GeForce 550 Ti, and you might notice it says nothing about required power specs. I ordered it, it got here a day later (I love you newegg), and now right there on the box it says min required 400W power supply.
So balls. I have 300W. My question here is, should I backtrack and try to find a 450 Ti, even though it's now two generations back? Or should I get a larger power supply (currently looking at OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W, though I know less about power supply stuff than I do about vid cards), and either keep the 550 Ti or go with something a little more powerful, such as the 560 (or the 560 with two fans!)?
I just don't know what to do with this augh. Budget is negotiable - I wouldn't mind dropping money to get a better power supply nor would I mind buying the 560, even if I wish they were slightly cheaper.
Edited by failbender, 27 September 2012 - 01:15 PM.