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Tekell
11.27.2012 , 10:45 PM | #11
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how much are you wiling to spend?
Less than $400 maybe but anything that can run SWTOR on medium or better, skyrim, mass effect 1-3 l, dragon age 1&2 and several other xbox games.

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lovelybucksy
11.27.2012 , 11:00 PM | #12
as far as the asrock motherboard i'd need to know what kind it is but I assume you won't be able to find that out. Lucky thing is the 400 watt should be alright, for what you have at the moment. The thing with power supply's is that you don't need a lot of watts unless you have some killer machine with highest stuff.

Alright right now the Acer's motherboard has a video card on it, which is Nvidia which is a company i LOVE. However the Radeon x1900 GT graphics card is definitely better than the on board video card on the Acer's motherboard and from the looks of it you are able to put it on that motherboard. (looked it up for you)

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lovelybucksy
11.27.2012 , 11:02 PM | #13
Now if you want a better video card than the radeon you will need to upgrade your cpu. There is a computer term called bottlenecking. What it means is if you have a weak cpu (the amd chip) but a strong graphics card, you wont be getting the full benefit of that graphics card and you just defeated the purpose of buying a stronger one. You need to have both pretty strong, but that also means you MAY need a strong motherboard.

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Tekell
11.27.2012 , 11:04 PM | #14
Is there a video card that I can upgrade to on the acer? And would either of the graphic cards that I have now play skyrim in hd and dragon age 1&2 on medium or better settings?

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lovelybucksy
11.27.2012 , 11:15 PM | #15
its tough to say i'd say possibly medium or a notch below but i wanna say not any higher. Your cpu is the minimum requirements for Skyrim and the video card for Radeon is back from 2006. Which means its pretty outdated.

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Tekell
11.27.2012 , 11:18 PM | #16
Would I be able to play Skyrim at Xbox graphics? And would I be able to play games with Xbox quality? And what computer would run games the best?

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JediKalel
11.28.2012 , 03:05 AM | #17
I actually owned the Acer X 1200 when I first got this game... you CAN upgrade the graphics card... BUT you will have to modify the case (as in cut it) because its so small that most cards are too wide to fit in it. Honestly even after that the CPU and RAM are so slow that it bottlenecks the speed anyway. I went out and spent about 600 bucks building a 6 core AMD processor with 8 gigs RAM and a Solid State Drive on a ASUS board all in a new case... I already had a Graphics card and power supply so all in all about 800 bucks or so for a sweet set up that runs the game on max graphics. The Acer X 1200 will hold up for a while with a new Graphic Card and PS... but like I said you need to physically alter the case and it runs very hot with more stuff crammed in it, so expect a lot of crashes and shorter lifespan of the hard drive / CPU.

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Tekell
11.28.2012 , 08:19 AM | #18
Quote: Originally Posted by JediKalel View Post
I actually owned the Acer X 1200 when I first got this game... you CAN upgrade the graphics card... BUT you will have to modify the case (as in cut it) because its so small that most cards are too wide to fit in it. Honestly even after that the CPU and RAM are so slow that it bottlenecks the speed anyway. I went out and spent about 600 bucks building a 6 core AMD processor with 8 gigs RAM and a Solid State Drive on a ASUS board all in a new case... I already had a Graphics card and power supply so all in all about 800 bucks or so for a sweet set up that runs the game on max graphics. The Acer X 1200 will hold up for a while with a new Graphic Card and PS... but like I said you need to physically alter the case and it runs very hot with more stuff crammed in it, so expect a lot of crashes and shorter lifespan of the hard drive / CPU.
Then do you think that it will run games like skyrim and dragon age 1&2 with at least console graphics?

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thomasbaxter
11.29.2012 , 09:56 AM | #19
Obviously, just throwing this out, u need to make sure your power supply has the right AMPAGE for your graphics card. There's loads of these 800w cheapie PSUs going about with like half the amps required for the card.