Topic Title: Nvidia Card Wont Work - Will a Newer Radeon Card???
Topic Summary: Want to Upgrade GPU - Advice Appreciated
Created On: 08/23/2014 02:03 PM
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 08/23/2014 02:03 PM
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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:


     Manufacturer:  Acer

     Model: Aspire M3420

     Bios: P01-A0

     Processor: AMD A10-5700 APU (4 CPUs)

     Memory: 12288MB

     OS:  Win 8.1

     Direct X Version: DirectX 11

Card Info

     Manufacturer: AMD

     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."

PSU Info

      Manufacturer: EVGA

      Model:  600B  

If you need any further information in order to provide me your invaluable advice, guidance, recommendations, please let me know and I'll promptly provide it.


Many thanks for your consideration and anticipated assistance!

 08/23/2014 04:09 PM
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Alot will depend on your power supply....which you did not furnish.


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 08/23/2014 07:39 PM
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600B is a 600 watt psu. Hope that helps.

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