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March 7, 2014 11:42:34 PM

Hello,

Since my computer finally died on me after six years I've decided that it'd be best to replace it than find a way to repair it because its age is really starting to show. I have a pc picked out and am now looking for a graphics card that can keep up with modern games. My problem involves whether or not the card I eventually decide on will fit in the thing.

The computer I'm looking at has for "Available expansion slots": 1 PCI Express X1 and 1 PCI Express X16. Assuming that dimensions matter: H=16.3in ,W=6.9, and depth=15in. Not sure how important the dimensions are or if they'll have much of an effect with most cards, but better safe than sorry.

I found one card that says it has a 1 x 6-pin PCI-E so I assume that it won't matche with the x16, but with my lack of knowledge I wouldn't be surprised if I'm incredibly wrong.

If it won't fit, or even if it does, could anyone suggest a card for somewhere between $150-$200. I already have a 650w psu that I upgraded my old comp with a few years ago and I hear that that's good.

So any help with that would be much appreciated. Thank you in advance.

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a b U Graphics card
March 7, 2014 11:46:02 PM

The PCIE x16 is the physical slot on your motherboard that your graphics card plugs into. The 1 x 6 pin PCIE connector is the power cable from the PSU. So for the graphics card you are looking at you need one slot, which you have; you just need to check your PSU and verify it has a 6 pin PCIE power cable (it almost certainly does, and if not you can use adapters).
The dimensions do matter but that is plenty of clearence for even the largest cards so don't worry about that.
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a b U Graphics card
March 7, 2014 11:46:20 PM

PCIE 1x6 pin=the power cable from your PSU!

1 PCI Express X16=A GPU slot

Can you post what mobo it is? If it's a REAL old one then the two cards I would suggest won't work.

A solid card between 150-200$ is the gtx 750ti or if you can find one a r9 270.

What PSU model do you have? If you get the r9 270 you need a quality one

Even a weak 650W can power a gtx 750ti > a 300w PSU can.
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a b U Graphics card
March 7, 2014 11:46:40 PM

6-Pin is identifying the power plug Size. These range from 6 to 8 pin connectors. Any GPU will plug and work fin in your PCIE x16 Slot. The question is if your PSU has the 6 pin it needs to power the GPU.
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March 8, 2014 12:22:39 AM

My PSU is, I believe, is a Corsair CMPSU-650TX 650-Watt TX Series 80 Plus. I couldn't find the box for it, but with help from amazon and opening my pc to look at the physical PSU I am almost completely sure that that is the PSU.

Another thing is, since my comp is being financed by a relative they insist on going to Best Buy so that further limits my selection of cards and PSUs unfortunately. Annoying, but since I'm a relatively poor student I can't really complain about someone financing a computer. So I couldn't find the above suggested geforce 750ti and I've been lead to believe that nvidia is better.

Sigh, my comp knowledge sucks lol.
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a b U Graphics card
March 8, 2014 12:32:57 AM

why only bestbuy > explain to them that they can save money at better part retailers like newegg.

people love saving money.

Your PSU is perfectly fine by the way.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/ultra-durable-2-radeon-r7-2... - A little worse than the 750ti but not considerably.
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March 13, 2014 6:54:26 PM

AshyCFC said:
PCIE 1x6 pin=the power cable from your PSU!

1 PCI Express X16=A GPU slot

Can you post what mobo it is? If it's a REAL old one then the two cards I would suggest won't work.

A solid card between 150-200$ is the gtx 750ti or if you can find one a r9 270.

What PSU model do you have? If you get the r9 270 you need a quality one

Even a weak 650W can power a gtx 750ti > a 300w PSU can.


Lol i have a 525 watt powering a XFX 7950
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