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New graphics card for Windows 8

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    New graphics card for Windows 8

    Hi everyone.
    If you look at my specs *Which SHOULD be showing * My graphics card is rubbish!
    If i want to run a game i have to run it in a tiny window and it is still barely playable!
    I want to start a gaming channel on youtube *Click here!* and i can't do it with this happening!
    So i am going to buy a new graphics card! If you look at my specs all my info is there, and the main question i wanted to ask was will it be compatible? (The one i wanted to buy was a GeForce GTX 650)

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    I wasn't able to find much information about the iMedia S3270 online.

    There are two likely sticking points:

    The 650 requires a minimum power supply of 400W with 20A on the +12V line. I think that your machine has perhaps a 250W supply. Worse, it probably isn't a standard ATX type supply, so your upgrade choices may be limited. (I think that replacement PSUs exist, though.) If you can open the case, there should be a sticker on the PSU that lists its power and the +12V rating. (This assumes that the PSU is mounted in such a way that you can read the sticker.)

    Second problem: while the system has a PCI-E X16 slot, you'll need to find out whether it can take full-height cards. As this is a compact system, there's a chance that it can't. There are a variety of low profile cards available, but not (as far as I know) the 650. Low-profile cards tend to be relatively low-end cards.

    Sorry that I wasn't' able to find the information online. (Makes me glad that Packard Bell quit the US market. Cheesy *******s.) Sorrier yet that I can't be encouraging.

    The S3720 looks like an adequate machine for its intended purpose. It's not made for easy upgrades, though.
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    yeah I agree you maybe better spending your money on another machine
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    First, you need to know what PCI slot is available on your machine and if the card you want will fit in. GeForce GTX 650 requires PCI-e 3.0 x16. Second, check your power supply if the capacity can support 400watts. And if you want to make a gaming channel, you will do a lot of video processing and you may want to look at the need to upgrade your RAM to at least 8GB.
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    I have the GTX-650 and although it is a decent card, I'd go for the GTX-660SC (superclocked) as it's a much better card but you'll need a better power supply (at least 650 watts, to be safe).
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