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GPU card for tc-895 i-7 10th gen to meet requirements for Diablo 2 Resurrected.

I purchased a tc-895 10th gen i7 computer in June. I was replacing a computer I had for 11 years. I thought the Intel graphics would meet the requirements, but they do not. Per Blizzard customer service,  "Intel GPUs aren’t supported currently. We don’t know if this will change in the future, but haven’t heard any plans regarding it at this time. As such, it’s safest to assume that your PC won’t run the game unless our system requirements are updated at some point down the line." I'm hoping I can add a GPU to mitigate the gaming hell of crashed games I am experiencing now. If not, then I'll buy another computer but will try to upgrade my present one first. Thanks for any suggestions you may have. 

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  • billseybillsey ACE Posts: 19,701 Trailblazer
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    PCIe x16 is the format for the electrical interface. The card format (standard, low profile, shorty) is dependent on the space in the case. When I look at pictures of the back of your machine it looks like the slots are standard height, so you likely don't need low profile. When I look at pictures of your case with the side cover off the only potential issue I see is where that drive plate mounts. If you have a full sized 3.5" HDD installed it might hang down enough to block space for the card, and then it would require either low profile, so it fits under the HDD, or a shorty so it doesn't go all the way back to the drive. If you are just using a SSD in the M.2 slot then you are likely good to go with a normal card.
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  • billseybillsey ACE Posts: 19,701 Trailblazer
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    No, the closest we have is the motherboard image. There are two power connectors on the MB, one has 12V only, the other 12V and Power On.
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  • billseybillsey ACE Posts: 19,701 Trailblazer
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    You can also disable virtuality in the BIOS usually. It will be listed as something like VT-x...
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  • lubulubu Member Posts: 25

    Tinkerer

    edited October 5
    For gaming PC at home, I am using RTX3090, 128GB Ram, NVMe4 SSD, Ryzen9 5900x
    I still get constantly crash in D2R
    I got 99% stable in POE......... but not in D2R
    it is not related to GPU but Blizzard released a beta game to market...........
    not fully tested....
    you can check with D2R forum, many players have same issue as well.
  • billseybillsey ACE Posts: 19,701 Trailblazer
    Check to see which PSU is installed in your TC-895, IIRC they come with either a 300W or 500W. With the 300W supply you need a GPU that uses not a lot of power, with the 500W you can bump that up a bit.
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  • vivagelatovivagelato Member Posts: 13

    Tinkerer

    Thanks for your responses! My manual states I have a 300 watt psu. Not sure if the power supply is upgradable or not. I I have found a couple of 4 gb cards that meet the minimum requirements and then some for D2R. Trying to find cards that only take 1 slot though. 24 gb cards like the RTX3090 are not an option unless I can install a 750 watt psu. Sad thing is, this year 8k is the big thing, next year it will be 16k, then 32, 64, 128...
     I have been playing D3 on my computer since June with no issues. D2 though is a pain. I create a game, then try to join it for 5-9 times. Once in, I sometimes drop taking a tp to town or using a waypoint. A new video card might mitigate some of my issues. Possibly Blizzard will patch some of the server problems which might have more of an effect. I've checked the forums regarding game issues which is where I saw the message from Blizzard  customer service that Intel GPUs are currently not supported.
  • vivagelatovivagelato Member Posts: 13

    Tinkerer

    Question regarding power supply units. If I am to replace mine , I believe I have to go with an ATX12VO psu? With the paucity of those products on the market today, can I use something like this if I can find one? Corsair ATX12VO Adapter Cable.  Thanks, 
  • lubulubu Member Posts: 25

    Tinkerer

    You can buy a GT1030, it can install on 300W PSU system without problem :)
  • billseybillsey ACE Posts: 19,701 Trailblazer
    Nope, the Corsair ATX12VO Adapter Cable is for a ten pin connector on the MB, the Acer 12VO MBs use six and eight conductor connectors.
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  • vivagelatovivagelato Member Posts: 13

    Tinkerer

    Thanks for that information.  :) I am likely going to purchase a GT1030 or GTX 1650. Computer graphic card prices are crazy-you get what you pay for sometimes, but right now some cards are twice the price they should be at. Crypto miners need their cards.  Hopefully the chip shortage gets resolved some time in 2022. Down the road I will probably upgrade my monitors to 4 or 8k so will need to increase my graphic capabilities. By then there should be more solutions.  
  • vivagelatovivagelato Member Posts: 13

    Tinkerer

    After chatting with customer service, it was pointed out to me that this system has one PCI Express x16 slot .  Does that limit me to the low profile graphic cards? I have found some. Trying to avoid ones with DVI since I do not use that output-prefer hdmi, dp. 
  • billseybillsey ACE Posts: 19,701 Trailblazer
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    PCIe x16 is the format for the electrical interface. The card format (standard, low profile, shorty) is dependent on the space in the case. When I look at pictures of the back of your machine it looks like the slots are standard height, so you likely don't need low profile. When I look at pictures of your case with the side cover off the only potential issue I see is where that drive plate mounts. If you have a full sized 3.5" HDD installed it might hang down enough to block space for the card, and then it would require either low profile, so it fits under the HDD, or a shorty so it doesn't go all the way back to the drive. If you are just using a SSD in the M.2 slot then you are likely good to go with a normal card.
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  • vivagelatovivagelato Member Posts: 13

    Tinkerer

    I am currently trying to upgrade the power supply. I sent a message via a website contact form to Acer's parts partner Capital Data to see if I could order one. I also came across a thread in the predator forum where they were discussing Silverstone power supplies. The unit on Amazon (Silverstone DA550 Gold, Decathlon 80 Plus Gold 550W Fully Modular ATX Power Supply) does state it is single rail. The description does not mention ATX12VO though.  Any thoughts or experience with this power supply? Thanks, 
  • billseybillsey ACE Posts: 19,701 Trailblazer
    They show the wrong connectors for a 12VO system on their website. Any that have the 20/24 pin connectors are providing more than just the 12V.
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  • vivagelatovivagelato Member Posts: 13

    Tinkerer

    Thanks for the response! I was hoping I found the elusive manufacturer  of the needed power supply, but alas. Like a unicorn 🦄 that remains hard to find. I hope to eventually receive a response from Capital Data, but am not sure if someone is actually tasked with responding to their contact form submissions. Looking at a low profile 1050 card. Then upgrade in 2022-2023 when more reasonably priced cards are on the market. Who knows, maybe someone will come out with a single slot 24gb ddr7 card that runs on 250 watts.  ;)   
  • billseybillsey ACE Posts: 19,701 Trailblazer
    Yeah, but the adapters to bring all eight DP ports out of the back of that single slot card are a pain to work with. They keep pulling loose. :)
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  • vivagelatovivagelato Member Posts: 13

    Tinkerer

    Thank you for the response. I am looking at this card in particular: EVGA GeForce GTX 1650 SC Ultra Gaming GDDR6, 04G-P4-1257-KR, 4GB GDDR6, Dual Fan, Metal Backplate.  Small form factor.  The msrp is $209.00, but the going rate is a littler more than twice as much. Supplies unlikely to improve before 3rd quarter 2022. It's PCle 3.0. Minimum of a 300 Watt power supply. Total Power Draw : 75 Watts. Would this work?  
  • billseybillsey ACE Posts: 19,701 Trailblazer
    Check to see if your PSU has the extra 6pin connector the GTX 1650 needs. If it does that one really ought to work. Acer is putting 1650s and 1660s in other models with a 300W supply. BTW, single vs. dual slot doesn't make any difference unless you are populating the x1 slot with something. You actually have room for three slots to be filled on the back, it's just that the connectors line up with the first two, and the first one is the x16...
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  • vivagelatovivagelato Member Posts: 13

    Tinkerer

    edited October 18
    Hi, the psu does not appear to have an extra 6 pin connector. May have to power through the mother board  Or can I order that part? Thanks,
  • billseybillsey ACE Posts: 19,701 Trailblazer
    You will likely have to do something custom, maybe a Y cable off the smaller of the two motherboard connections.
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  • vivagelatovivagelato Member Posts: 13

    Tinkerer

    Thanks for the information!  :) I've watched a couple of youtube videos on adding a gtx 1650 card to a TC-895-UR12 Desktop. There was one where a dual y-cord SATA to PICe adapter was used for a 8 pin graphics card.  It was connected to the Sata plug on the motherboard. My card does require a 6 pin connection. Are there schematics of the tc-895 and other acer models available for download? I checked my manual, and it does not have one. Thanks,
  • billseybillsey ACE Posts: 19,701 Trailblazer
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    No, the closest we have is the motherboard image. There are two power connectors on the MB, one has 12V only, the other 12V and Power On.
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  • vivagelatovivagelato Member Posts: 13

    Tinkerer

    Thank you for that information. I did the power calculation at Newegg, and I'm at 301 watts. I'll disengage the dvd drive which saves me 31 watts.Hopefully that will suffice. I have a dvd drive that connects via USB for my old Acer Laptop I can always use if needed.   I've ordered an UGREEN Sata Power Cable Sata15 Pin to 6 Pin PCI Express Graphics Video Card Power Cable Adapter 8 Inch to connect my GPU. Now I just have to wait for my gpu to arrive. In the hopefully not too distant future there may even be  ATX12VO 500 watt power units on the market. 
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