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10.6" Card Suggestions

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June 29, 2012 9:01:17 PM

I'm looking for a card thats 10.6" (270mm) or smaller for my HTPC case (Lian-Li PC-C60) thats intended to play the most demanding games for the next 5yrs at full settings on a 37"- 40" 1920x1080 120hz LCD running on an I7 2600k with 16GB's of ram. I plan to OC but, only to stay up to par (as needed). My biggest concern is heat and power consumption (750w or less). Budget is $500 usd.

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http://www.lian-li.com/v2/en/product/product06.php?pr_i...

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a c 191 U Graphics card
June 29, 2012 9:05:26 PM

If you dont have alot of hard drives, it looks like you would be able to remove the HDD cages for more space.

If not, I just looked really quick but the Radeon 7850 XFX version is 9.5"

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EDIT: After more searching, it seems that the Radeon 7950 and the GTX670 would also fit:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 29, 2012 10:47:04 PM

W/o the hdd cages it only has the option for 1x 2.5" ontop of the ODD tray. I need at least 3 hdds; 1x 2.5" ssd (OS/games) 2x 3.5" 1tb (one for pics/music/movies, the other for backup). So one rack must remain.

This is my first build so I'm new to GPU's. That said, are single fans noticeably louder or less efficient than dual fans, and is 3GB necessary for systems with 16GB ram? Also, is it worth the extra money to buy an OC'd card or can I easily OC a stock reference? Is there a particular brand to avoid? Would increasing my budget $50-75 open options to a better/smaller card?

I'm hoping at a low resolution of 1920x1080 that a highend card OC'd will be sufficient for full settings years to come, ideally 7-8, realistically 5-6. Would it be wiser to buy a cheap midgrade card, and then add another (SLI/CFX) in 5-7yrs, or is that to demanding for a 750w PSU?Is it actually cheaper and more efficient in the longrun to just upgrade to another highend card?
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a c 191 U Graphics card
June 30, 2012 6:25:36 AM

mopar_kid said:
W/o the hdd cages it only has the option for 1x 2.5" ontop of the ODD tray. I need at least 3 hdds; 1x 2.5" ssd (OS/games) 2x 3.5" 1tb (one for pics/music/movies, the other for backup). So one rack must remain.

This is my first build so I'm new to GPU's. That said, are single fans noticeably louder or less efficient than dual fans, and is 3GB necessary for systems with 16GB ram? Also, is it worth the extra money to buy an OC'd card or can I easily OC a stock reference? Is there a particular brand to avoid? Would increasing my budget $50-75 open options to a better/smaller card?

I'm hoping at a low resolution of 1920x1080 that a highend card OC'd will be sufficient for full settings years to come, ideally 7-8, realistically 5-6. Would it be wiser to buy a cheap midgrade card, and then add another (SLI/CFX) in 5-7yrs, or is that to demanding for a 750w PSU?Is it actually cheaper and more efficient in the longrun to just upgrade to another highend card?


The memory on the card only really is useful when it comes to running at higher resolution on multiple monitors. The fans are only as loud as you want them to be, but they should be set to cool the car as well. Dual fans generally cool better, but single fans usually cool fine.

Something like the 670 or 7950 should be sufficient for the years to come. What you could do is buy a really nice card right now, and when the 670 or 7950 gets cheap, you can buy another one for CF/SLI.
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