New to PC gaming

caliban7

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Hi!
I just recently acquired an AMD A8-5500 with a built in Radeon 7560 graphics card, and while for the time being I am using it for basic operations I am looking to eventually get into PC gaming. I was wondering how powerful my system is on a gaming level and how much farther it would need to go to become a decent (not super serious or badass) gaming computer. I'm a little short on cash, so expensive solutions won't work for me, but any inputs would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for your time!
p.s. I'm a serious console player and am just barely getting into PC gaming, so eventually I'm going to try to build something that can outperform my XBOX 360 (just not right now) :)
 

caliban7

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Thanks for the advice, seeing as this is a fairly new computer I'm probably gonna wait before doing a motherboard/cpu overhaul but a graphics card crossfire will probably work for now. I was wondering how well games like Skyrim or BF3 would play if I did install a second graphics card like the 7770, or if it would be better to just play it on my XBOX instead.
 

caliban7

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Awesome, thanks for the advice! I'll start researching the 7770, but I was wondering: does the crossfire work on any combination of video cards (within the computer's limits) or can it only work between similar cards (same strength/manufacturer/series etc)? And how can I figure out which cards my computer can handle, is there a website that shows which cards are compatible with my motherboard/cpu?
 
I can't find any good info on which graphics cards can be used in hybrid crossfir with the new A8 chips. This from AMD recommends a Radeon 6570 http://www.amd.com/us/products/technologies/dual-graphics/Pages/dual-graphics.aspx#3 which I would avoid as is not much cheaper than the 6670 which I think will work. I don't think and GPU above a 6670 will work with it so I suggest you just get the 7770 and forget hybrid crossfire.
 

ikica1996

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not bad not bad youl run games just fine with that rig