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So I just bought an
Asus - Essentio Desktop - 8GB Memory - 1TB Hard Drive

Model: M11BB-B06 SKU: 1681287

The Specs are in this link but just a little about it incase you dont want to check, it has:
- amd A-10 6700 processor 3.7GHz
-AMD Radeon HD 8670D (integrated)
-8gb of DDR3 ram expandable to 12gb
- 1TB Hardrive
-Asus SonicMaster technology

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/essentio-desktop-8gb-memory-1tb-hard-drive/1681287.p;jsessionid=3BE4550A4A246932B325ABDCD008AF79.bbolsp-app03-185?id=1219059643159&skuId=1681287&st=a10%20asus%208gb&cp=1&lp=6#tab=specifications

Would anyone have advice on what I can do to upgrade this? I want speed! I work with illustrator, and photoshop side by side on large format files, and am the occasional gamer. i.e Fallout 3 New Vegas, Skyrim, etc...
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  1. i think you can add a hd 6670 and hybrid it or get a hd 7750. that would do.
  2. APUs are very sensitive to RAM speed. I don't suppose you know what's inside the case? 1333? 1600? 1866?

    But yes, a small discrete card would do wonders for the gaming performance, even a small 7750.
  3. RedJaron said:
    APUs are very sensitive to RAM speed. I don't suppose you know what's inside the case? 1333? 1600? 1866?

    But yes, a small discrete card would do wonders for the gaming performance, even a small 7750.


    Your Right I do not know whats inside the case just whats stated on the spec sheet. Now when you say they are sensitive to ram speed is there a negative outcome to maxing our the ram?

    Would I need a higher wattage power supply for either of those video graphics cards?
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    Can't say on the PSU since I don't know what's inside. But a 7750 is quite low power consumption, so I'm willing to bet it's ok.

    As for mixing RAM, just don't. Keep all your modules the same speed and things work much better. The graphics on the APU work off your system RAM, not a dedicated fast VRAM like a discrete card, so faster RAM lets it work better. If you get a discrete card, RAM speed becomes much less an issue for the APU.
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