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First time build, question about mb/ video card compatibility

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August 28, 2011 9:53:28 PM

Hello,
I just ordered parts for a build on Amazon about 4 days ago. Everything is here except the case, so I have not opened anything or done anything yet.

Anyways, I got this motherboard:
Gigabyte P67A-D3-B3 DDR3 2133 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

and this card:
HIS Radeon HD 6950 IceQ X Turbo 2GB (256bit) GDDR5 2x Mini-DisplayPort HDMI 2x DVI (HDCP) PCIe X16 2.1 Video Card H695QNT2G2M

Upon looking closely at the boxes, the Graphics card states that it requires one PCI Express X16 slot, with 2 slots available. The motherboard has one X16 slot. Am I misreading this, or why would I need one slot but need to have two available? Is it the size of the card? Do I need a different mb?

EDIT/ UPDATE:
Well, Looking at the picture on the box closely it actually looks like my mb does have 2 x16 slots, even though it claims it only has one. Unless I'm completely misunderstanding but I looked up what the slot looks like and it looks like I've got two. Also found a reviewer on Amazon using this card who is using a mb that has one x16 slot... still I'd like to know why this card says it needs "2 slots space available on the motherboard".

Thank you for any help.

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a b V Motherboard
August 28, 2011 10:23:25 PM

You don't need two slots, but because of the fan and casing of the gpu it takes the space of two slots.
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August 28, 2011 10:26:16 PM

GreenDutchAlien said:
You don't need two slots, but because of the fan and casing of the gpu it takes the space of two slots.

Got it, that makes sense. Thanks for the reply!
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August 28, 2011 10:26:26 PM

Best answer selected by bluem00se.
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a b V Motherboard
August 28, 2011 10:27:51 PM

Your welcome, thanks for the award.
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a b V Motherboard
August 28, 2011 10:47:17 PM

BTW ; you do have two PCI-E 2 slots on that mobo, so if your PSU is up to it you can always crossfire :)  later if you like.
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August 28, 2011 10:50:24 PM

GreenDutchAlien said:
BTW ; you do have two PCI-E 2 slots on that mobo, so if your PSU is up to it you can always crossfire :)  later if you like.

Good to know, thanks :D 
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a b V Motherboard
August 29, 2011 12:00:50 PM

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