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August 11, 2010 9:38:03 PM

I'd like to start this thread off with a warning:
I understand the hate that many many people have towards slimline PCs.
No, they aren't very upgradable and yes they do have their drawbacks.
I get it.
Now that that's out of the way here's my situation...
My dad got me a slimline PC for my birthday last year after my other PCs motherboard fried and I have been content with my little machine until Starcraft II recently came out...
Basically what I need to know is this:
I know this is going to sound dumb but for the life of me I can't figure out if ]http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-Express-Graphics-100287L/dp/B0033WSDNS/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1281562318&sr=1-1] is even a low profile card in the first place.
If not I also have my eye on the Radeon HD 5570 ]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131341&cm_re=radeon_hd5570-_-14-131-341-_-Product]

So there's part one.
Part two is I know my PC (]http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/gateway-sx2800-01/4507-3118_7-33699400.html?tag=mncolBtm;rnav]) has a PSU of 220 watts... with that kind of PS can I even hope to run either of those cards?

Thanks a ton in advance, and please don't flame me : (
Thanks again, love you guys!
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August 11, 2010 10:04:27 PM

You remind me of me. My dad bought me a slimline PC for my birthday after my mobo in my old computer fried last year. Too weird.

Alright, I just clicked on the link to your PC. It's the same exact SX2800 that I got...are you sure you're not me? That's awesome.

Anyways.

I used an HD4650 non-low profile. How? I just stick it in there with the case off. This same thing would probably work for the HD5670, but not everyone wants to deal with that. Here's how it looked,


Now I've read that the HD5670 was supposed to come in a low-profile variant, but I'm not sure by whom (sapphire? MSI?). The HD5570 does come in low-profile though, and it's safer to run on your PSU. I overclocked the HD4650 shown in the above pic, so it's safe to say that an HD5570 will work just fine.
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August 11, 2010 10:04:59 PM

Sapphire 5670 that u listed isnt low profile card.
If i was i i would get something like this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and full size videocard,cause your psu may not survive even 5570, u already got quad core cpu in your system even though its only 2.33Ghz its 95w tdp. And even if it will survive 5570 is really slow.
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August 12, 2010 12:02:25 AM

shadow187 said:
You remind me of me. My dad bought me a slimline PC for my birthday after my mobo in my old computer fried last year. Too weird.

Alright, I just clicked on the link to your PC. It's the same exact SX2800 that I got...are you sure you're not me? That's awesome.

Anyways.

I used an HD4650 non-low profile. How? I just stick it in there with the case off. This same thing would probably work for the HD5670, but not everyone wants to deal with that. Here's how it looked,
http://i38.tinypic.com/2zjcnf8.jpg

Now I've read that the HD5670 was supposed to come in a low-profile variant, but I'm not sure by whom (sapphire? MSI?). The HD5570 does come in low-profile though, and it's safer to run on your PSU. I overclocked the HD4650 shown in the above pic, so it's safe to say that an HD5570 will work just fine.

That's uh... really scarily familiar haha!
So you're saying if I bought the 5570 I wouldn't need to upgrade my PSU? I could just use the one in my PC?
If so excellent.
Bear in mind I would love to play SC2 with it... so would I be able to play on... say, "medium" graphic settings with decent (40-50) fps?
Thanks again!
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