Upgrade graphics, but limit on size and watts


Dec 1, 2009
According to Acer specification, your PC has good potential. However, your current situation is quite undesirable. Any graphics card that fits in you current case [assuming your current power supply can handle it] is a BAD investment simply because of extremely bad "price vs performance ratio" - which translates to poor performance improvement in practice. Also, I wouldn't trust that PSU either - there is a 99% chance it's a brandless OEM unit.

You have two routes.

The first to get a bigger case before getting a new Power Supply and Graphics Card. [Hard to quote budget due to too many hardware possibilities]
The second is to get a power supply and a graphics card that fits your current case which will give "worth-while" performance improvement [Under $80]

If you still want to get a graphics card for your current PC without a new case, you'll need to at least:

a) Get a new solid PSU
b) Measure your PCI-E slot clearance [Can probably fit a ATI 5670 - it's a entry level graphics card but light-years ahead of integrated graphics in performance)

GPU ATI 5670 1GB Link ==> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150535 [Under $50 after taxes and rebate]
PSU Mirco Diablotek 380W Link ==> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817822001 [Under $35 after taxes]

Side Note: I'm guessing with your current case it can probably take micro PSUs, I doubt it can take a standard ATX form factor PSU.