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I'm looking to add a GPU to an Inspiron 580 that I bought and I have a pretty good idea of which one I'm going to get I'm just afraid of it hitting the RAM slot. Has anyone heard of any problem such as this?
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  1. Ram slot? The Heatsink faces the other way so its no problem, some HP's had problems with Longer GPUs blocking SATA ports, but if your board looks like this[/irl] then that's not even an issue.
  2. Timop said:
    Ram slot? The Heatsink faces the other way so its no problem, some HP's had problems with Longer GPUs blocking SATA ports, but if your board looks like this[/irl] then that's not even an issue.



    I'm pretty sure that is the same MB I have now. But what I was worried about was the backside of the GPU hitting the black and white clips (not sure what they are really called) on the RAM slot. So I shouldn't have anything to worry about if I put an HD 5770 in?
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    With most 5770s it wouldn't reach the RAM slots, and even if it does, you'll just have to lift up the GPU if you want to upgrade the RAM. Unless it has a thick backplate (The only one I could think of the the Asus CuCore IIRC), you'll be fine with it physically.

    what specs does your 580 have though?
  4. Timop said:
    With most 5770s it wouldn't reach the RAM slots, and even if it does, you'll just have to lift up the GPU if you want to upgrade the RAM. Unless it has a thick backplate (The only one I could think of the the Asus CuCore IIRC), you'll be fine with it physically.

    what specs does your 580 have though?


    Core i3 550, 4GB RAM, 1TB HDD, and I just upgraded the stock 300W PSU to a 550. Now since you answered that for me, maybe you can help me with this. I know that I have 1 PCIe x16 slot but is it a 2.0 or a 2.1? I would assume that since I'm using an i3 that the slot is a 2.1. Is that correct?
  5. jfrank117 said:
    Core i3 550, 4GB RAM, 1TB HDD, and I just upgraded the stock 300W PSU to a 550. Now since you answered that for me, maybe you can help me with this. I know that I have 1 PCIe x16 slot but is it a 2.0 or a 2.1? I would assume that since I'm using an i3 that the slot is a 2.1. Is that correct?

    All PCIe 2.1 cards are compatible with 2.0 slots, and as far as I know no 2.1 slots exist.
    The problem was with older Mobos with PCIe1.0 and 2.1 cards, so it shouldn't be a problem for your system.
  6. Timop said:
    All PCIe 2.1 cards are compatible with 2.0 slots, and as far as I know no 2.1 slots exist.
    The problem was with older Mobos with PCIe1.0 and 2.1 cards, so it shouldn't be a problem for your system.



    Thank you soooo much. You have helped me so much and now all I have to do is just find the GPU I want.
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  8. Do you need help with that? lol
    If so, whats your Budget/ PSU model? Also monitor resolution/ application would be helpful also.

    If not, good luck.
  9. Timop said:
    Do you need help with that? lol
    If so, whats your Budget/ PSU model? Also monitor resolution/ application would be helpful also.

    If not, good luck.



    I have a 1080p monitor and I'm just going to be using it for gaming. I might get the XFX HD 5770 but it is rather large so I may end up getting another 5770, and my budget is under 200. BUT, I did just find this

    http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-DL-DVI-I-SL-DVI-D-PCI-Express-100315L/dp/B0047ZGIUK/ref=sr_1_3?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1303678639&sr=1-3#productPromotions

    and thats a pretty good deal to me.


    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5316156&CatId=3669
  10. For under $200 this 5850 is great if your 500W is from a quality company, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102932

    Only 0.25in longer than the XFX 5770, alomost the same if you factor in the shroud.
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