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May 9, 2013 3:41:40 PM

Hi all, I have an Acer Aspire AM3450 Desktop with an AMD FX 8100 CPU and 16 GB Ballistix RAM. I am using the GPU it came with, the AMD RAdeon HD 7350.

From what I've heard, this supports crossfire. I've watched a few videos on how to crossfire two cards with the crossfire wire. But I've never done this before and I have no idea what kinds of cards I can get. And the card obviously needs to be within my power supply limit.

I guess what I really need is help choosing a graphics card. I do A LOT of gaming. We don't have a ton of money, but I was wondering if there was an acceptable one on Newegg/Walmart/Amazon website.

I'm really out of my element for picking proper GPU's. I want to learn this very much. Any help is greatly appreciated. I'm looking forward to buying and installing this myself. Thank you so much guys!

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May 9, 2013 4:19:21 PM

Not sure that you can Crossfire that card, and even if you could, I would not recommend it at all. Take whatever money you can spend, or were planning on spending to pull this off, and buy a better GPU than your current one. It won't take much of an upgrade to see some major returns.

For less than $100 you can get a 6670 that will blow your 7350 (aka the OEM version of a 5450) out of the water. This is only a comparison and does not reflect actual real world application, but the differences are quite obvious, and the 6670 is still pretty low end.

http://gpuboss.com/gpus/Radeon-HD-7350-vs-Radeon-HD-667...
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May 9, 2013 4:23:55 PM

I recommend only Crossfiring a better GPU like 7870 but Radeon HD 7770 is a good deal for ~$1000
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May 9, 2013 4:29:10 PM

It would be, better for you to post how much money you have to spend and we can give you a suggestion of a new card. Really no point in xfire that card I think at best you could do a non-bridge xfire similar to an APU xfire but its so not worth it.
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May 19, 2013 11:39:09 PM

Hey there, thank you all so much for your replies. I just looked up my power supply. Apparently it came with a measly 350 watt. I'm assuming I'll need a bigger power supply as well, which I've never replaced before.

Talking moneywise, we could probably spend about $200 for the graphics card. And whatever power supply would fit my computer, I'm not sure. Are they all similar size? I could probably get the power supply first. Then in a couple months, get the card.

Guys, you have no idea how grateful I am for the replies. I've always wanted to learn more about this so I can help my friends later as well. I've never installed a power supply. Most I've done is replacing RAM, HD's, and GPU's. But I'm sure I'm up to task if I can get a little help. I'm so excited about learning this process. Thank you all so very much. I don't know if you guys get enough praise for what you do on here, but you deserve so much love! lol
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