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August 3, 2014 12:25:18 PM

My motherboard (H61m-p32/w8) only has 1 pci-express slot, and the graphics card I want to buy (hd 7870) requires 2. Is there any way to work around this or do I have to purchase a new motherboard?
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August 3, 2014 12:28:34 PM

If it requires 2 and you only have 1 then you will need a new motehrboard
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August 3, 2014 12:28:37 PM

Cacklefruit said:
My motherboard (H61m-p32/w8) only has 1 pci-express slot, and the graphics card I want to buy (hd 7870) requires 2. Is there any way to work around this or do I have to purchase a new motherboard?


The GPU only uses 1 PCIe x16 slot but requires 2 PCIe 6 pin power connectors, so that will depend on your PSU.
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August 3, 2014 12:35:03 PM

If you mean like it will need 2 slots then you are wrong. It will simply take the space of two slots like suppose if there is another pci below your pci-e slot than that slot will be covered but will not be used. I hope you got my point. If you anything other than this please ask away.
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August 3, 2014 12:36:54 PM

The 7870 will only require one physical PCIe slot to plug into. But it will occupy the space above the slot next to it (regardless of what type of slot it is) and it will also occupy the opening through the back of the case of the slot its plugged into and the one next to it.
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August 3, 2014 12:38:05 PM

modernwar99 said:
Cacklefruit said:
My motherboard (H61m-p32/w8) only has 1 pci-express slot, and the graphics card I want to buy (hd 7870) requires 2. Is there any way to work around this or do I have to purchase a new motherboard?


The GPU only uses 1 PCIe x16 slot but requires 2 PCIe 6 pin power connectors, so that will depend on your PSU.


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August 3, 2014 3:32:16 PM

skora said:
The 7870 will only require one physical PCIe slot to plug into. But it will occupy the space above the slot next to it (regardless of what type of slot it is) and it will also occupy the opening through the back of the case of the slot its plugged into and the one next to it.


So the 7870 only has one pcie slot, so it will fit in my mobo, and 2 slots needed to fit into the back. Correct? I know for a fact I have dual slot case openings in the back. does this mean I wont have to upgrade motherboard too?
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August 3, 2014 9:45:41 PM

Cacklefruit said:

So the 7870 only has one pcie slot, so it will fit in my mobo, and 2 slots needed to fit into the back. Correct? I know for a fact I have dual slot case openings in the back. does this mean I wont have to upgrade motherboard too?

Yes you are correct, the 7870 will fit on your mobo in the blue slot. No need to buy a new one. MSI actually kept the space open next to the PCIe x16 slot so your card won't actually block anything on the mobo. But as you noted, you will use two slots on the back of the case.

And that PSU will work fine for your build.
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August 4, 2014 9:14:24 AM

skora said:
Cacklefruit said:

So the 7870 only has one pcie slot, so it will fit in my mobo, and 2 slots needed to fit into the back. Correct? I know for a fact I have dual slot case openings in the back. does this mean I wont have to upgrade motherboard too?

Yes you are correct, the 7870 will fit on your mobo in the blue slot. No need to buy a new one. MSI actually kept the space open next to the PCIe x16 slot so your card won't actually block anything on the mobo. But as you noted, you will use two slots on the back of the case.

And that PSU will work fine for your build.


Awesome! I was so worried I would have to spend like $300+ to upgrade. Thanks for your help!
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August 4, 2014 11:10:34 PM

Cacklefruit said:
skora said:
Cacklefruit said:

So the 7870 only has one pcie slot, so it will fit in my mobo, and 2 slots needed to fit into the back. Correct? I know for a fact I have dual slot case openings in the back. does this mean I wont have to upgrade motherboard too?

Yes you are correct, the 7870 will fit on your mobo in the blue slot. No need to buy a new one. MSI actually kept the space open next to the PCIe x16 slot so your card won't actually block anything on the mobo. But as you noted, you will use two slots on the back of the case.

And that PSU will work fine for your build.


Awesome! I was so worried I would have to spend like $300+ to upgrade. Thanks for your help!


No problem. Enjoy your new system and thanks for the best answer.
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