Upgrading Radeon HD 7350 Graphics Card

  zingy12 21 Jun 13
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I recently bought a PC and I was wondering if i could upgrade the video card from a Radeon 7350 HD. My PC is an Acer Aspire x3475 ( http://www.acercomputer.se/ac/sv/SE/content/model/DT.SKJEQ.003 I think this is the older version though) and it has a APU A8 5500 and 8 gigs of ram. I'm not sure of the PSU yet and it is a pretty small desktop so I was looking at something like the Radeon 7750 to upgrade to as it is a small and solid video card. Anyway do you guys have any suggestions and do you think it would be possible to upgrade? Thanks!

  Chronos the 2nd 21 Jun 13

Just be sure that whatever GPU you choose is what is known as low profile as I see that your PC is narrow so you will be unable to fit a usual height graphics card in this case.

The 7750 is not really much of an improvement on your current GPU so it would not be a good upgrade. Compare.

Do you have a budget? What is your reason for looking at an upgrade?

  zingy12 21 Jun 13

Well the reason I want to upgrade is so that I can game with a decent card, and currently I can barely run more demanding games at low. Other people tell me that the Sapphire Low Profile 7750 can run most games at medium or high if I have a good enough CPU, and that's a pretty good improvement. Another problem I just figured out is that my PSU is only 220 W and my case is to small to install I new PSU but do you think it would be possible to switch to the external power supply like this one, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817104054?

  Chronos the 2nd 21 Jun 13

You will be able to fit a bigger PSU in your PC as although the wattage is only 220W there will most certainly be higher wattage PSU's to fit your case.

Can you give me the make/model number from your current PC.

It would seem a little pointless to buy an upgrade that is only minimal, yes it might well play games at medium/high,this I doubt, but what of later games, you will be back looking for a further upgrade.

By the way your link is broken. Just give the part number but as I have said it is very easy to fit a better PSU as I can assure you they do do them.

I assume that as you are looking a Newegg you are not in the UK?

  zingy12 22 Jun 13

Yes I'm in Canada, and I talked to one of my friends and he is upgrading his computer and would be willing to give me his old parts to me so I can build my own. He is giving me a GTX 550 ti, as well as a 600 W power supply, and a mother board and case. I was thinking of buying an I5 processor and then putting it all together. Would that make a good gaming machine with say the i5-3570 3.4Ghz?

  Chronos the 2nd 22 Jun 13

Not the greatest gaming machine as the 550 is a mid range GPU but without a doubt it will be far better for gaming than your current set up. So good luck with the build.

  Chronos the 2nd 22 Jun 13

Not the greatest gaming machine as the 550 is a mid range GPU but without a doubt it will be far better for gaming than your current set up. So good luck with the build.

  zingy12 23 Jun 13

Thanks and at least this way I'll be getting a full sized case so it is upgradeable unlike my build now.

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