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July 8, 2013 1:01:36 PM

Short whats the difference? Do i need diiferent hardware? And if yes to the last question will my motherboard support it its a MS-7502
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July 8, 2013 1:09:56 PM

mastersset said:
Short whats the difference? Do i need diiferent hardware? And if yes to the last question will my motherboard support it its a MS-7502


Some lower end GPUs are only 1 slot tall due to less heat and simpler cooling. Here's a single slot card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And here's a dual slot card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Dual slot cards usually have better cooling, and it's not always specific to a GPU model, as both of those are 7750's. Your board would be compatible with any card, though your case may not.
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July 8, 2013 1:13:09 PM

how to know if my case is compatible?
and which card for under 200€ do you recomend?
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July 8, 2013 1:17:51 PM

mastersset said:
how to know if my case is compatible?
and which card for under 200€ do you recomend?


GTX 650 TI Boost ($150-180) ; HD 7790 ($130-160) ; GTX 660 ($179-210). To know it if will fit your case, you'll have to take the measurements of the card you choose, and compare all the dimensions to your case relative to the PCI-E slot you're installing the card in to.

EDIT: Those prices are CAD/USD so for Euros you could probably afford a HD 7870 or a special addition GTX 660 with factory-overclock.
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July 8, 2013 1:19:23 PM

which is the best of those 3 and is the gtx 660 worth the extra money
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July 8, 2013 1:19:59 PM

mastersset said:
how to know if my case is compatible?
and which card for under 200€ do you recomend?


Do you have a full tower case? Some more compact dell cases support only low profile cards, in which case, you would need something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

@ 1080p a GTX 660 would be very impressive, though with your motherboard being only LGA 775, you will have some CPU bottleneck with almost any new Graphics card, I'd recommend upgrading to a more capable motherboard if you intyend to play games.
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July 8, 2013 1:21:36 PM

how do i know if i have a full tower case? srry for my being a noob
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July 8, 2013 1:22:57 PM

anthony8989 said:


Good picture, though bear in mind, in most cases, though the rear IO for that GPU fits in a single slot configuration, that's still considered a dual slot GPU, as the cooler is two slots tall.
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July 8, 2013 1:24:35 PM

mastersset said:
how do i know if i have a full tower case? srry for my being a noob


What's your model number on your PC? Could you link to it or link to a picture? Here's an example of what I'm talking about:
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July 8, 2013 1:26:40 PM

this is on the back of my pc:
model: pc mt7
type: med mt505
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July 8, 2013 1:31:06 PM

mastersset said:
http://www.ricardo.ch/kaufen/computer-und-netzwerk/pcs/... it kinda looks like the comp on the right of the monitor
EDIT: yea thats the same as my computer


Yeah, so you would probably be fine with a dual slot card such as a GTX 660, which I'd recommend at that price, or a 7870, whichever is cheaper in your area. You'll get some bottleneck in game from your CPU for sure, but games will still run alright if that's what you plan on doing.
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July 8, 2013 1:37:42 PM

mastersset said:
http://www.amazon.de/NVIDIA-Grafikkarte-GDDR5-Speicher-... is this a good card and how much will the q6600 bottleneck it and thx for your help and sorry for all my typing mistakes, all i know of english is from tv


That card is very strong, and in GPU intensive games it would perform well, but your CPU would really bottleneck it in CPU intensive games. Check out this thread: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/344184-28-q6600-moder...

I'd get a 660 non Ti and save up for a cheap upgrade to an older generation of i5 CPU's from Intel, or you could go with AMD's Piledriver/ Bulldozer architechtures, either way, it'd be worth the upgrade.
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July 8, 2013 1:39:19 PM

i thought about going with the amd fx 8350 but its good really bad rewievs vs the i5 3570k so idk what to do.
and i have got a 550W psu is that going to be enough and i wont need to upgrade
and im really desperate of upgrading my gpu becouse i have got the geforce 9500gs
and its total crap
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July 8, 2013 1:55:31 PM

mastersset said:
i thought about going with the amd fx 8350 but its good really bad rewievs vs the i5 3570k so idk what to do.
and i have got a 550W psu is that going to be enough and i wont need to upgrade
and im really desperate of upgrading my gpu becouse i have got the geforce 9500gs
and its total crap


If you can afford an i5 3570k, that's the better CPU, so I'd buy that, or an i5 4670k and a z87 board. If not, an 8350 is a very capable CPU, especially when overclocked. What brand of PSU do you have? 550 watts would be enough for a 660 or 660Ti.
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July 8, 2013 2:03:31 PM

mclovits said:
anthony8989 said:


Good picture, though bear in mind, in most cases, though the rear IO for that GPU fits in a single slot configuration, that's still considered a dual slot GPU, as the cooler is two slots tall.


Sorry to beat a dead horse, but the card on the left is technically a single slot. The cooler itself should always face one direction on the mobo. So if you have 2 of those cards in 2 adjacent PCI-E slots, they will each only take up 1 slot at the back of the PC. But I do agree with part of what you're inferring. Some cases are so small that they still will not fit a "single-slot"GPU. Case-in-point, my Acer AX-3470 that I use as a HTPC will not for the life of it fit any GPU worth using.
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July 9, 2013 1:56:04 AM

Yea but the difference betwen the gtx 660ti and 660 is 14€
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July 9, 2013 10:11:13 AM

mastersset said:
Yea but the difference betwen the gtx 660ti and 660 is 14€


You could get a 660 Ti but you might want to just stick with the 660 and start saving for a CPU and motherboard upgrade, I guess at that price difference it really doesnt matter, but you wont see much of a performance gain with either unless you upgrade your CPU.
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