Acer ASPIRE X3950
I have a question regarding the following product:
Acer ASPIRE X3950 - Core i3 540 - 500GB HDD - 4GB RAM - DVD RW - Win7 Home P 64bit Midi-Tower Desktop PC
I donâ€™t understand all the specifications so I was wondering if anybody could tell me if there is room in the computer to add another HDD and a TV card?
Thank you for your help.
I'm struggling a bit to find any useful information about this PC, even from the Acer website. What the specs do elude to is that there are two expansion slots available - one PCIe x16 and one PCIe x1. So there is somewhere to plug a TV card. However, this is a small form factor (SFF) case meaning that you would need to find a low profile TV card in order to fit.
For the HDD, I cannot find any details about whether it has any spare bays. What I would say is that, since it is SFF, they have likely crammed as much in as possible leaving very little, if any, room for expansion. Some similar cases have an extra bay tucked under the DVD but others have no room at all. I think your only option will be to contact Acer direct or raise a query on the Acer forum.
To be honest, if you are looking for something capable of expansion, you would be best looking for at least a normal midi-tower rather than SFF.
Just noticed that forumite Wednesday has an X3950. Might be worth sending him a PM to see if he has further information.
Hi DMS and thanks for your reply. I had my heart set on an Acer machine but seems I have to look at something else. The Zoostorm PC's seem good value for money, I'm looking to get this one instead of the Acer now:
I'll PM Wednesday, too, though.
For that price you could get a considerably better PC if you went the self-build route. It really is not difficult and is very satisfying!
I'm finding the idea of building my own PC very daunting. I have no idea about what components are compatible and haven't got the time to teach myself. I've even lost track of processors and how the performance of the different processor compares. One day I'd like to do it though.
There's no better time to self build. components these days are incredibly easy to put together and you can get precisely what you want given that there is a huge choice out there.
I built my first self build pc a couple of months ago and can say that it really is worth the time and effort. if you want a good idea of what to look for try out this thread for a quick guide and if you want to change some items there are lots of people on this forum who will give you helpful impartial advice about the performance of components.
if you would like to give it a go, do some research, ask a few questions and don't be afraid to give it a shot. it really isn't as difficult as you think it is.
Thank you for the link, Altair. I will have a look properly tomorrow, I see the first post somebody put together computer bundles so this will be easier than trying to figure out what components are compatible. I might just give this a try, will look how much the components will cost. Thanks again.
Yes, it was me:p
Originally Posted by ferretlove
One important point though is - do not use the Zoostorm as a starting point. The Zoostorm is built around previous generation CPU and GPU both of which suffer to an extent from being stuck at their historical price levels whereas more recent versions are both better performing and cheaper. By way of example, the closest CPU to the Q8400 that Dabs sell as a component is the Q9505 for Â£187.86. For Â£20 less you could get an i5 2500K which would blow the Q8400 away. I can't get on to Anandtech at the moment to show some comparatives so these from Tom's Hardware will have to do. Bear in mind, though, that the Q9550 shown on the benchmarks is a better chip than the Q8400.
Originally Posted by ferretlove
The other danger of the Zoostorm type of system is that it does not specify the PSU brand. Call me cynical but this invariably means that it is going to a value brand which is best avoided. Building yourself allows you to select exactly the components you want which is a huge bonus.