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I need help upgrading my Acer Desktop computer

So I bought this computer: Acer Ax1420g-u5832

I want to upgrade it so that I can play games like BF3, Skyrim, and other modern games with high settings and good framerate. To do that I will need a new case, gpu, psu, and possibly motherboard.

These are the things I've been looking at: Antec Three Hundred case, Thermaltake V3 Case, Corsair 600w Power Supply

I've looked at a few motherboards but I noticed that the ports on the motherboard don't add up to the slots for the ports on the cases. I was wondering if you guys could give me any advice on the best way to upgrade this computer. Thanks.

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Buy a new computer

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Buy a new computer, it'll be easier by the time you're done. The only things you'll likely be able to salvage out of your current computer are the HDD and ODD, which are a pittance in relation to all the other stuff you'd have to buy.

Don't even bother thinking about upgrading, focus on buying or building an entirely new computer.

And in the future, if you want to do PC gaming, building your own is really the only way to go. If you take your time, do your homework, and select components carefully, you should be able to upgrade the thing one or two pieces at a time perpetually. Eventually, if you save the parts, you can rebuild the original computer, and then have it as a spare, give it to someone, sell it, whatever.

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Not a bad machine to start.

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"Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium - 64-bit version - AMD Athlon™ II x4 Quad-Core Processor 645 (3.1GHz, 2MB total cache) - 4GB DDR3 Dual-Channel SDRAM memory - 1TB hard drive - Integrated NVIDIA® GeForce® 6150SE graphics - NVIDIA® nForce® chipset"

All was going good till we hit the 6150SE graphics.

The 220 Watt power supply looks like we can change that so DO THAT FIRST.

Shop for your 600W PSU but get a SINGLE RAIL PSU to save grief later as you move it to a full size case.

ONE MORE THING -> The list.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/fastest-graphics-card-radeon-geforce,3067.html

BUT FIRST INSPECT the motherboard for an open PCIE x16 slot.
Bob

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Man..

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Dude, as proffitt mentioned earlier, you have a pretty decent set there as it is. With just a few tweaks, you could actually have a pretty good machine.
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</div>Start off by getting a new PSU. A good, solid, 500W (or higher) unit. Spend as much as you can here. You can use the PSU when you build your own system in a couple of years. Perhaps a Cooler Master RSC00-80GAD3-US?

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