05-04-2013 07:11 PM
Please help me with my Acer Aspire AM3450.
I need to update my Video Card, but first I need to know what type of PCI slot I have. There is lots of talk about PCI Express 3.0 x16. Do I have that? Or, do I have a PCI Express 3.0? Then there are PCI Express 2.0 and obviously other types of Video Cards. Which one do I have? How do I find out?
Without knowing what type of PCI slot I have, I cannot choose the correct Video Card.
Thank you for any help from the Community or the Staff at Acer.
05-06-2013 02:39 PM
As far as I can tell, that computer came with a AMD Radeon HD6450 installed. That thing has a PCI Express 2.1 x16 bus interface.
Easy enough to find a replacement, however your power supply is at 300W, you will more than likely have to upgrade this as well if you want a more powerful GPU than what you have now.
05-12-2013 04:42 PM
Thank you Juzzo for that information. It is appreciated.
May I ask more related questions please?
Is it a good idea to upgrade my Video Card? from PCI Express 2.1 x16 to a ?? PCI Express 3.0 x16 ?? I assume (because I don't know) that the 2.1 and 3.0 are the versions??????
and ... Would a 500W power supply be sufficient?
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05-13-2013 02:39 PM
The 3.0's should be backwards compatable, so that shouldnt be a problem.
As to wattage, I would shop for a GFX card first, then get a power-supply based on what the card needs.
In addition to wattage, you want to pay attention to how many and what type of power feeds it needs, you may end up with one that wants 600 watts and one 6 pin PCI plug, or you may end up with one that wants 300 watts and 2 4 pin plugs.
Its all pretty easy, just go with the card first...take a tally of what your computer needs in the way of plugs, then match a powersupply to the existing + new gfx card plug needs.
05-13-2013 07:09 PM - last edited on 05-13-2013 07:21 PM by ElizabethS
Thank you Juzzo.
I appreciate your helpful suggestions, and will do as you suggest.
I sent you some Kudos. Hope that was appropriate.