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 01/20/2013 11:08 AM
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jm1082
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Hi all,

My brother has an Acer Aspire X1430.  We like to play Left 4 Dead 2 but his computer runs it very slowly using the built in AMD 6300 graphics.  We installed an nVidia 8400GS which works a treat except that it won't play sound through the HDMI port...

If anybody knows of a graphics card about the same size as the nVidia 8400GS which does NOT need power cables feeding it and CAN play sound please leave me a suggestion.

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 01/20/2013 03:53 PM
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From Acer

Power Supply 220 W (PFC / Non-PFC)


You're not going to run any gamer card with that, and I wouldn't even run any discrete card with that. You're going to need, minimum, a Corsair CX450. However, also from Acer:

PCI Express® 2.0 x16 slot (PCI Express® 2.0 x4 bandwidth)


Means you're limited to HTPC class cards, 6450, perhaps 7570. And with a slow E-350 dual core...But that card, like other AMD cards have been for a long time, play audio through just fine using the on board audio processor.

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 01/20/2013 04:24 PM
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Thanks for your reply,

We've found the graphics card definitely makes a difference to games.

My brother uses a converter from DVI to HDMI to make the connection from the card to his TV but there is no sound so if you could recommend a card which has audio capability on board we'd be very appreciative.

P.S.  It doesn't have to be anything flashy, perhaps something cheap we could get from eBay!

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