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May 25, 2012 5:33:12 AM

Hello guys, I am new to this so please forgive me if I am posting in the wrong spot or forgetting anything, I will do my best to check this constantly.


Ok so first I took my desktop box to my local Fry's Electronic store and they gave me a graphics card and said it would work so I was like cool, went home to install it and it was too big... So I took my whole desktop to best buy and they said I would need a slim graphics card and it is a single slot, I just want a graphics card to boost my FPS in games and I would like help finding one because I am not that smart when it comes to computers this is the computer I have: http://support.acer.com/us/en/product/default.aspx?tab=...


Thanks for your time and help.



EDIT: Ok so I know beggars can't be choosers but incase you are wondering I am looking for a card that would help me play WOW and League Of Legends.

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May 25, 2012 4:11:38 PM

Before I start suggesting; what exactly is your budget, and the specs of your computer show that your PSU is only a meager 220w. You can't really upgrade a small-form factor pc but there are a few suggestions I can give you.
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May 25, 2012 9:03:30 PM

12345690 said:
Before I start suggesting; what exactly is your budget, and the specs of your computer show that your PSU is only a meager 220w. You can't really upgrade a small-form factor pc but there are a few suggestions I can give you.



Sorry for the late response but i seen inside my desktop the space is small and i do not even know if i would be able to upgrade the power source or not and If i am could you point me somewhere that could help me do it? and my budget is about 80-150$
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May 25, 2012 11:03:09 PM

Still looking for help, Thanks again. (Not sure if posting bumps the thread)
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May 26, 2012 12:06:57 AM

As I read in your first post, you already buy the graphics card? Did you return it when it did not fit your case? If not, what is the brand & model? We still need to know this to determine if you graphics card can be supported by your power supply. Based on the specifications, your power supply is only 220W

Granting that it will be supported by your Power Supply, then you can still use it by using PCIe slot extender like this:
http://www.amazon.com/PCI-E-Express-Riser-Flexible-Cabl...
so you can install the card lying down & not be obstructed by the slim pc case. But you have to be mindful that your graphics cards electronic circuitry will not come in contact with any metal part.

But that is a lot of "ifs" & we need the information to make sure.
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May 26, 2012 2:00:22 AM

randomkid said:
As I read in your first post, you already buy the graphics card? Did you return it when it did not fit your case? If not, what is the brand & model? We still need to know this to determine if you graphics card can be supported by your power supply. Based on the specifications, your power supply is only 220W

Granting that it will be supported by your Power Supply, then you can still use it by using PCIe slot extender like this:
http://www.amazon.com/PCI-E-Express-Riser-Flexible-Cabl...
so you can install the card lying down & not be obstructed by the slim pc case. But you have to be mindful that your graphics cards electronic circuitry will not come in contact with any metal part.

But that is a lot of "ifs" & we need the information to make sure.



Hello Randomkid,

Thank you for your response I do still have the card but am planning to take it back I am looking more towards a card that will just fit in but if you know a way to expand my case or something I would be glad to hear it out, if you need any more details just let me know I will get them to you as soon as possible.
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May 26, 2012 2:14:33 AM

So what is the brand & model of the video card?

As for the alternative low profile, here are options:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
Select what is within your budget & you can use this power supply calculator to estimate if your system will still be within the 220W limit if you plug in your choice graphics card.
http://extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine
Also make sure that the graphics card you choose will have the low profile bracket like this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 26, 2012 7:19:40 AM

Actually, that is a low profile graphics card already.

I guess the reason why you thought it wont fit is because you haven't remove the bracket & replace it with the low profile bracket that should come with it in the box. Did you use the low profile bracket already?
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May 27, 2012 2:49:53 AM

I went to fry's today and returned he said yeah they definitely gave me the wrong one and next time to get one that reads low profile. but now i still got the problem of which one would be a good card.
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May 27, 2012 9:35:28 AM

kingjohnx28 said:
I went to fry's today and returned he said yeah they definitely gave me the wrong one and next time to get one that reads low profile.

Its good that its sorted out.

kingjohnx28 said:
but now i still got the problem of which one would be a good card.

You can check from the links I gave in my earlier posts ( 3rd from this one ). Make sure the one you select will not make your system outside of your 220W power supply capacity.
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