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Hey Jesse, I'm Tim and will do my best to assist you. Sorry you are having issues with your GPU, i know first hand how much that sucks, it really cuts into gaming.
Dells and Gateways have had a reputation of not allowing some video cards to be added, specifically gaming GPUs, as you probably guessed this is locked down in the BIOS. I do not know of a way around it, and i doubt anyone else does. Also that Dell has a 300W Power supply unless you changed it which is the bare minimum for the GTX 750 ti FTW, but granted it should work. I hate to say it, but Gateway is probably not the way for you to game, if you can perhaps look into building a PC or one form somewhere like ibuypower that sourcess standard parts for their build. I Can't tell you the Logic in Gateways plan here.....They and a few other manufactures are also soldering internal cmos batteries onto laptops so people can not swap the battery out and need to pay for a new unit.
It's a bummer, i know.
If it were me, and i was on a budget, i'd take parts from the Gateway and build my own system.
Your basically trapped by their motherboard.
then your PS is fine, i was sure that was not it as it would still boot even with a lesser PS, like i said its the motehrboard, or bios - same thing.
The Case and the Motherboard need to go, the case has to go because a new Motherboard will not fit in it. Gateway,Dell etc all use propitiatory cases and motherboards, which is generally the cause of peoples upgrade problems
So if you want to use as much as you cam off of your current build, you should only need to buy a case and a motherboard -
Like i said, your memory may well work - But yeah, you might need to buy 2 Dimms of Memory which is really cheap
If i was doing it, i'd order the memory as well so i had it and try using the memory from the gateway, if it works send back the new memory, or just use it.
CPU, Harddrives, Power Supply are all fine for another system.
Oh, you also need a retail version of windows
I have no reason to lie to you man.
I'm sure some low end video cards work, specifically ones they sell.
I see no references to success. The problem you are reporting is pretty wide spread. The only way around would be some type of custom bios hack.
Googleing dx4870 and upgrade video card which i'm sure you did, there is no Joy.
With that said, i'm sure there are some cards that will work, but i doubt any of them are decent gaming cards.
Yeah, i can help you there. The Good news is this, Once you move to a standard PC, everything is one size fits all pretty much.
Yup, the windows recovery disk that came with your gateway is locked to it, it wont boot and install on another PC build.
motherboard controls all, its most likely locked to that exact motherboard, but you an try it.
Some might call it standard, to me and most gamers/tech people standard would use a standard ATX case and a motehrboard that would fit it. Does that make sense?
No problem, trust me i know its confusing. I had this same problem in 1997 when i first started computing, and had a old compaq and my new Voodo 1 card would not work.
That's how i became an engineer, as sad as that is.
I'm looking at parts, can you give me a rough budget? And tell me how much wiggle room you want for upgrades?
ATX is the standard for Cases and Motherboards. So any ATX case will fit any ATX motherboard, even if the technology is obsolete.
Let me put it to you this was, i have the same crappy ATX case now that i had 9 years ago.
OK, so are you only buying from best buy?
i'm looking on Amazon, which is probably the best bet.
I'm going to start putting stuff while I look at other stuff, feel free to ask about any of it ok?
CoolerMaster makes fine cases, since you have your own Powersupply, the case doesn't really matter.
Memory to grab in case stock memory does not work (its cheap enough and faster than stock memory, you may just want to use it)
That's all you need Man. You have a dvd rom right?
No SLI. But even if it did, i never recommend it.
Yeah it will, SLI is almost always never worth it. Video cards are not that expensive to warrant two cards, and even with you are at the mercy of the game to support SLI
And SLI and Crossfire never = 100% improvement, it's 80% Best case scenario, and a lot of the time 0%.
your playing the battlefield starwars right?
diablo 3 is pretty old now, you should be fine.
Yeah, it can overclock.
Have i answered everything to you satisfaction Jessie?
You should see a big improvement with that new build. You may want to take some time and pick out the case you want, because that case can remain with you for years.
Hard to say with that stock GPU - all bets are off with stock graphics.
Anything else i can help with? Are you good to go?
Jessie, i need to step away for a few Minutes. Are you happy with this build?
I'll check back. Please do leave me a rating as i did the best i could to help you.
Sorry to hear that, you did in fact get an answer, of course i can't give everyone the answer they want.
You do realize that getting an answer does not always = fixed. I'll just put you in for a refund.
Yup, no problem. Next time you come here, realize the person helping you does not get paid when you do this.
So you know your abusing the system?
It's fine, good luck.
First, you would need a new power supply for the Gateway, as the 300W power supply that is stock for that would not be ideal. Press delete for BIOS if you would like to continue ignoring the power output issues, then find the setting for "secure boot" and turn it off. Turn your "Launch CSM" from "Never" to "Always", restart. This should work to get the GTX 750 ti up and running. (Enabled the BIOS compatibility mode)
While I agree that Gateway is not the best for gaming, I am rolling a Mac OS 10.9.6 iMac All-in-one, also not the best for gaming, but she gets the job done with the right tweaks! :)