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Upgrading GT 520

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I am looking for a single width video card to fit in my Gateway GM 5424 computer. I have upgraded everything ( case, 700 watt p.s., 32 gig ram, ect) but the mother bourd. Which leaves me with the sigle wide problem. Due to using the pci 1x slot next to the pci 16x slot. I made the mistake of replacing my GTX 8800 card with a GT 520 card after the fan died. Plus I do not understand the naming conventions of these new cards.
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  1. 520 gt is not a good card in my experience i used it as a backup card if i cant figure out why my 580 isn't displaying any problems but it is fine you don't plan on playing any games. I tried using it for mine craft and it couldn't even handle it. Its comparable to a x800 xl i use to use which is from 5 years ago or more. Check out the 560 ti decent card for the price and should run most games medium or higher.
  2. I am looking to play Diablo III when it comes out on May 15th and this GT 520 card will not do. Thanks for your input on a Ti card
  3. All the 560 Ti cards I found require two slots, when the OP asked for a single slot solution. Is there a single slot 560 Ti?
  4. bkoop said:
    All the 560 Ti cards I found require two slots, when the OP asked for a single slot solution. Is there a single slot 560 Ti?

    You're going to have trouble finding a single-slot-width card that can game well... Remove that PCI card if you can live without it and get a proper gaming card that takes up two slot spaces. Looks like you don't have more than 10 inches of space, so make it a shorter one, like the GTX 560ti or HD 6850/7770.

    This is the other best single-slotter you'll find. Should play Diablo 3 at least on medium at 1080p. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131461
  5. Size wise it might be the best, it is only 19mm thick according to the PowerColor web site, which converts to .75 inches.

    To the OP, what do you have in the 1x slot?
  6. yes that will work just fine i looked at benchmarks and its comparible to 560 ti. should play good amount of games on high. l
  7. On Tom's Hardware Graphics Card Hierarchy Chart the HD 6850 ($209.99) 256 bit memory bus scores two notches higher than the HD 7750 ($109.99) with 128 bit memory bus.

    Is there any concerns about the HD 7750 being a PCI-Express 3.0 card would the OP need to flash the bios to see the new card?
  8. bkoop said:
    Size wise it might be the best, it is only 19mm thick according to the PowerColor web site, which converts to .75 inches.

    To the OP, what do you have in the 1x slot?


    I have a TV tuner card that we use my 8tb of hard drive space like a vcr. Looks like it might be going unless I just replace this Mother bourd.
  9. Emerald said:



    My seem like a dumb question but why is a AX7750 half the price of a AX6850?
  10. ttooley said:
    My seem like a dumb question but why is a AX7750 half the price of a AX6850?

    It's a weaker card by a good bit. Also, and perhaps more importantly, the HD 6850 draws much more power and needs a top-notch (expensive) single-slot cooler to keep temps to a reasonable level.
  11. bkoop said:
    On Tom's Hardware Graphics Card Hierarchy Chart the HD 6850 ($209.99) 256 bit memory bus scores two notches higher than the HD 7750 ($109.99) with 128 bit memory bus.

    Is there any concerns about the HD 7750 being a PCI-Express 3.0 card would the OP need to flash the bios to see the new card?


    Intel® Stoughton G965 motherboard.
    The fan on the video card that is in it is about a 1/8 of a inch away from the TV tuner card and it runs around 122 degrees. Which also leads to fans and cards burning out due to lack of air flow. I have a unopened big water 745 kit. Not sure if that is any help. Been sitting collecting dust for years.
  12. jessterman21 said:
    It's a weaker card by a good bit. Also, and perhaps more importantly, the HD 6850 draws much more power and needs a top-notch (expensive) single-slot cooler to keep temps to a reasonable level.


    I have a PC power and cooling 750watt power supply in it one of the first Gateway problems I had to fix.
  13. Even a gt540 will work for diablo 3.
  14. What is the model of the TV tuner card, unless it is smaller than the video card the fan will not have sufficient air flow.
  15. einterlan said:
    Even a gt540 will work for diablo 3.


    Was that a typo, I believe the only GT 540 that was made was the GT 540M for laptops?
  16. Is there any concerns about the HD 7750 being a PCI-Express 3.0 card would the OP need to flash the bios to see the new card? (Before inserting the new video card?)
  17. bkoop said:
    Is there any concerns about the HD 7750 being a PCI-Express 3.0 card would the OP need to flash the bios to see the new card? (Before inserting the new video card?)


    PCI-express 3.0 may be a problem with this mother bourd still researching. Afraid of updating the motherbourd due to my raid 1 and raid 5 set up between 6 2tb drives, with no way to back it all up. Yet it is in a raid set up. Lots of data, games, movies, music and programs ect. at risk with a mother board upgrade. I am leaning towards the Ax6850 the bottom half of the fan may be partialy covered. The other problem that I am running in to is my two monitors off my GT 520 card are both DVI plugs no HDMI inputs on my Sceptre 19 or my Acer 22 inch monitors.
  18. They make USB TV tuner cards, that may have the same funtionality as your PCI-Express 1x card. Losing the internal TV card would allow you to pick from many two slot cards and not have to worry about the airflow.

    The best fit would then be a two slot with two DVI ports, such as GTX 560

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130664

    for $179.99 and it comes with a $10 rebate if you want to fill it out for the $10.

    I pick the eVGA one, because it comes with a three year transferable warranty and it is Superclocked an extra 40 MHz.

    I should mention that the GTX 660 (Kepler) is coming out in a month or two (best guess)

    I use Tom's Hardware Graphics Card Hierarchy Chart all the time to compare cards.
  19. Best answer
    bkoop said:
    They make USB TV tuner cards, that may have the same funtionality as your PCI-Express 1x card. Losing the internal TV card would allow you to pick from many two slot cards and not have to worry about the airflow.

    The best fit would then be a two slot with two DVI ports, such as GTX 560

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130664

    for $179.99 and it comes with a $10 rebate if you want to fill it out for the $10.

    I pick the eVGA one, because it comes with a three year transferable warranty and it is Superclocked an extra 40 MHz.

    That card is a good deal.
  20. Hears an open box of the 6850 you were looking at for $146.99.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131433R
  21. Seeing jessterman21 response rememded me, that the GTX 560 Ti, is also a good choice and only a little bit more.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130604

    $224.99 with a $25 rebate, bring the total cost down to $199.99 with a non-transferable lifetime warranty.

    The 560 has 336 CUDA cores and the 560 Ti has 384 CUDA cores, a nice little bump for a resonable sum of money.

    Also, I mentioned the GTX 660, but it will be a PCI-Express 3.0 card which concerns me, since the last BIOS update on your motherboard is dated 07/29/2010, only an email or phone call to Gateway would tell for sure.
  22. jessterman21 said:
    That card is a good deal.


    downgraded my tv tunner card to a PCI and went with your video card choice due to my mother bourd being a micro atx @ 8.25 inches I do not have to be concerned about a capacitor just past my ram slots. Thanks for all your help!
  23. Best answer selected by ttooley.
  24. bkoop said:
    Seeing jessterman21 response rememded me, that the GTX 560 Ti, is also a good choice and only a little bit more.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130604

    $224.99 with a $25 rebate, bring the total cost down to $199.99 with a non-transferable lifetime warranty.

    The 560 has 336 CUDA cores and the 560 Ti has 384 CUDA cores, a nice little bump for a resonable sum of money.

    Also, I mentioned the GTX 660, but it will be a PCI-Express 3.0 card which concerns me, since the last BIOS update on your motherboard is dated 07/29/2010, only an email or phone call to Gateway would tell for sure.


    @ 9 inchs it might be to long for my micro atx bourd. Thanks for your help and input!
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