I have a 2012 Acer Aspire AM3420 desktop PC for which I'd like to upgrade my GPU. I have already purchased, and returned, two Nvidia cards (GEFORCE GTX 750TI) because my system would acknowledge them or work with them. I could not boot up and someone told me that I probably needed to update/upgrade the BIOS but that doine so would put me at great risk for ruining the motherboard. Rather than take that chance, I thought I'd look into whether I could merely purchase and replace my AMD Radeon 7470 gpu (a very basic and unsophisticated card) with a newer Radeon gpu which would: (1) work with my system out of the box; and (2) provide me a better computer/gamin experience at a reasonable cost.
Any response, guidance, and advice is greatly appreciated!!! I'm running out of money just on RMAs and have given up on the Nvidia platform with my machine. Here is a description of what I have:
Model: Aspire M3420
Processor: AMD A10-5700 APU (4 CPUs)
OS: Win 8.1
Direct X Version: DirectX 11
Chip Type: AMD Radeon Graphics Processor (0x6778) It is a 7470
The manual says:
"Graphics: HD Graphics Support: Support Digial display (HDMI/DVI/DP) and VGA. AMD Blu-ray 3D technology support (only A-Series APU). Complicant with HDMI CTS v1.4a. Dual View function support. Need to measure VGA follow Acer VGA SOP. Monitor compatible is requested to the monitor AVL and DQM recommended list.
Graphic Card Support. No mechanical restriction to support for double slot, full length graphic cards in teh single PCIe X16 slot."
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Many thanks for your consideration and anticipated assistance!