3 Replies Latest reply on Mar 19, 2017 6:12 AM by Hardwood

    A8 5500 apu best possible/compatible GPU?

    smurf88

      Hello. I would like to know which gpu would be the best possible upgrade for my small form factor dinosaur pc.  I need a low profile card so I'm very limited in my choices. Not looking to run on ultra or anything like that just want to get a little more life out of it till I save enough to buy a new system. Mostly use it for Steam, WoW & D3

       

      Not sure what info I need to post so here is what I can find:

       

      Gateway sx2380-ew378 (yes I know its old).

      Processor: AMD A8-5500 APU  3.20 GHz

      Ram: 10GB of DDR3

      OS: Windows 10 (64-bit)

      Motherboard: Gateway  P/N:  DB.GDS11.001

      MFR P/N:  DAA75L-Vic, 11107-1, 48.3HK01.011

      Form Factor:  DTX

      AMD A75 Chipset

      Socket FM2

      Supports AMD A4-Series Processors

      Four memory slots support DDR3 SDRAM up to 16GB

      PCI Expansion: 1 x PCIe x1 & 1 x PCIe x16

      Integrated Graphics:  AMD Radeon HD 7560D

      Dedicated video ram: 512 MB

       

      Would the MSI RX 460 2GT LP be compatible?

       

      I've looked everywhere for the answer & came up with nothing. This is my last hope. Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

        • Re: A8 5500 apu best possible/compatible GPU?
          Hardwood

          It appears (found similar one on Amazon) you may have a 220watt power supply. The RX460 suggests a 400watt PSU.

          So.. you'll need to open up the computer and find the PSU wattage (sticker on side of PSU). If you can  take a picture of the sticker post it here.

            • Re: A8 5500 apu best possible/compatible GPU?
              smurf88

              Thanks for your reply. Hardwood   Just looked & the power supply is indeed 220w. The closest one I could find to fit my tower was a 350w. Looks like I may need to buy a cheap tower so I can put a larger psu in it. (maybe 500w)

              Wonder if my DTX  motherboard will fit in the Corsair Carbide SPEC-M2 (MicroATX case). If so, should I look for a different GPU or should I stick with the RX 460 2GT LP?

               

              I don't wanna spend a whole lot ( max $300) to upgrade my old junker but am planning to hand it down to my kid once I buy a new PC within the next year or so.

                • Re: A8 5500 apu best possible/compatible GPU?
                  Hardwood

                  If you can find a 350 that fits I'd bet it will do the job. That's just one problem solved.

                  I tried to find some info about your motherboard and this is close I assume Gateway SX2380-UR318 Review & Rating | PCMag.com

                  So it looks like it has a PCIe 16x slot for a graphics card which means somewhere in the BIOS you can specify whether it will initialize the onboard graphics or the GPU you add to it. Sometimes the  BIOS is smart enough to recognize you added a card and will not offer a choice (autodetect). Find that and make a note.

                  Once the PSU is installed and you can boot the computer, download the latest Crimson driver for your OS and the RX460 which is 17.2.1 or 17.3.2 Download Drivers

                  Do these in order..

                  1) unistall the AMD APU driver Catalyst or Crimson whichever you have. Don't do a "clean" uninstall if it offers the choice. You have an AMD chipset which may/will get pooched.

                  2) Shut down the computer, unplug from wall and install the new vidcard.

                  The next step is only necessary if the BIOS does offer a choice.

                  3) Start up and go into BIOS setup and change to PEG or whatever they call initializing the new discete vidcard. Save that and shutdown.

                  4) Swap video cable to new vidcard and turn on the computer.

                  5) Install the latest catalyst version and restart when it's done installing.

                  6) cross fingers.

                   

                  Good luck.

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