Can I upgrade my graphics card?

camsha

New member
bought this a few (9) years ago, and its still running great for what i need it to do. however, it has started to creak a little on the graphics front. the site wont let me select a new graphics card when i go to upgrade through the system. Im not exactly a whizz, but can it just not be done?

Case
AeroCool DS Cube Black Edition Window Mini-ITX
Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™ i5 Quad Core Processor i5-4460 (3.2GHz) 6MB Cache
Motherboard
ASUS® H81I-PLUS: Mini-ITX, LG1150, USB 3.0, SATA 6GBs
Memory (RAM)
8GB Kingston DUAL-DDR3 1600MHz (1 x 8GB)
Graphics Card
2GB AMD RADEON™ R7 260X - DVI, HDMI, DP- DX® 11, , Eyefinity 3 Capable
1st Storage Drive
120GB KINGSTON V300 2.5" SSD, SATA 6 Gb (450MB/R, 450MB/W)
DVD/BLU-RAY Drive
4x BLU-RAY ROM DRIVE, 16x DVD ROM
Power Supply
CORSAIR 350W VS SERIES™ VS-350 POWER SUPPLY
Power Cable
1 x 1.5 Metre UK Power Cable (Kettle Lead)
Processor Cooling
Corsair H55 Hydro Series High Performance CPU Cooler
Sound Card
ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)
USB/Thunderbolt Options
MIN. 2 x USB 3.0 & 4 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL + MIN. 2 FRONT PORTS
 

sck451

MOST VALUED CONTRIBUTOR
Not really.

You have a host of problems when looking to upgrade that system. The first is the power supply: it's very weak, so you'd need something much stronger, probably at least 650W but ideally 850W today. I thought initially that you might have problems with the case, but it seems it'll be OK for the majority of graphics cards. The rest of the system, well, it's quite old now (a nine-year-old chip and platform): this isn't necessarily an obstacle to upgrades, but it (a) will limit what you'll achieve and (b) should limit the amount of money you should spend on it!

If you upgraded the power supply and got a reasonable mid-range GPU like the Radeon 6600 (and got a second stick of RAM!), you could manage a significant upgrade, but personally I'm not sure there's value in that route...
 

stegor

Bright Spark
You could stick something like a GTX 1650 in it and the power supply will handle that just fine. You would see close to twice the performance.
 

stegor

Bright Spark
I really wouldn't recommend putting any money into that build it just wouldn't be worth. Throwing good money after bad it's just too old for me
Depends what they use it for. Not everyone can afford to chuck a grand at a new PC.
 

polycrac

Rising Star
You don't have to take take it down the canal, with a sack and some bricks. It can still sit on the rug by the fire and fetch your slippers, or keep an elderly relative company. That said, it wouldn't be a bad time to look at planning your next steps, whether that means reading up on new options now or starting to save so you are ready for a hefty Vet's bill down the line.
 
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