Upgrading Video/Graphics Card

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Radeon5

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So like I had this computer for a couple of years now and I've been wondering what kinds of video cards can fit into my computer for example, what x# can my pc fit and if it's a PCI or not. I just want to play the newer games that recently came out but unfortunately, my computer can't handle it. I'm also wondering if I can run a cheap and decent video card like this one http://ncix.com/products/?sku=56469&vpn=01G-P3-1312-LR&manufacture=eVGA&promoid=1292. Here's my specs:

Operating System: Windows Vista™ Home Premium (6.0, Build 6002) Service Pack
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Acer
System Model: Aspire M1201
BIOS: Default System BIOS
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4400+ (2 CPUs), ~2.3GHz
Memory: 1790MB RAM
Page File: 1713MB used, 4718MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 7.00.6002.18107 32bit Unicode

Card name: ATI Radeon 2100
Manufacturer: ATI Technologies Inc.
Chip type: ATI Radeon 2100 (0x796E)
DAC type: Internal DAC(400MHz)
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_796E&SUBSYS_01551025&REV_00
Display Memory: 894 MB
Dedicated Memory: 255 MB
Shared Memory: 638 MB
Current Mode: 1280 x 1024 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor: Generic PnP Monitor
Driver Name: atiumdag.dll,atiumdva.cap,atitmmxx.dll
Driver Version: 7.14.0010.0612 (English)
DDI Version: 9Ex
BGRA Supported: Yes
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 8/30/2008 03:43:56, 3841024 bytes
WHQL Logo'd: Yes
 
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First we need to know your PSU specifications. Open your computer and post the Wattage and amperage on the label of the PSU.
 
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Yes, we would need to know how many watts your PSU supplies. Also, we would need to know whether you have a PCIe slot on the motherboard or not. As most graphics cards are backwards compatible, you could have a newer graphics card as long as you have the room in the case for it and a proper PSU to power it.
 

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If you are going to upgrade your GPU then personally, I would recommend getting a new PSU, I wouldn't even bother trying to fit a new graphics card and power it with your existing PSU assuming its the one that came with the PC.

Do you have a budget in mind? A good quality PSU are a bit more expensive but this really is an area you shouldn't cut costs on, especially for a GPU upgrade which is one of the biggest contributors to power consumption in a PC.
 
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