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Old 04-11-2012, 12:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Changing graphic card on an "Acer Predator G3600"?

I bought the Acer Predator G3600 some time back, and I sort of regret it.

The whole thing is OEM, so I was just curious if I could change the graphic card for a
Radeon HD 6850.

Im mainly asking this because a while back I read somewhere that I'm not allowed to change the graphic card due to power supply problems.

Thanks in advance.

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From what Google is telling me, it appears to have a relatively weak 500w PSU. If you could upgrade that to at least a 600w then you would do ok with a 6850 because you can't OC your CPU. Then again, minimum wattage requirements is 500w on a 6850.

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Default Re: Changing graphic card on an "Acer Predator G3600"?

Honestly you might be able to, really does depend on the power supply though.

It should have shipped with a 500W PSU, which is enough to run an HD 6850.
However, it also needs a 6-pin PCIe connector (though some require 2), which the PSU may or may not have.

I would say it'd be smart to get a Corsair CX500 V2.
500W, has 2 6+2-pin PCIe connectors, and is fairly inexpensive ($50 till 4/16, and a $20 rebate).
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No, you can change cards. But if you go above a certain performance level, you will need to swap out the power supply too.

Not sure if your model has a 500W psu, like the ones I've seen on the acer site, but a 500W psu can power most medium to low/High cards. A nvidia 550ti will easily run, 560 is a possible. Or most AMD video cards will work too.

find out your psu Wattage, and Amps on the 12V rails, all listed on its sticker, and we can go from there.
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