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July 20, 2012 4:43:30 AM

Ok i have a problem i wanna upgrade my video card but there is a small heat sink that would be in the way of using a video card less then 6.25inches

Trying to Upgrade so i can run Arma 2 on a higher setting and increase FPS.
My Current GPU is a Gefore GT430 and 300W PSU

Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium [64-bit]
AMD FX-6100 six-core processor [3.3GHz, 6MB L2/8MB L3 Cache]
8GB DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM [2 DIMMs]
1.5TB 7200 rpm SATA 3Gb/s hard drive
I'm not sure what the Motherboard is but when i go under Device Manager under computer tab it say
ACPI X64 based pc which i know is 64bit windows. but the ACPI i dont know. i've tried looking it up but this was a custom computer made by HP for a replacement for me.

My Resoultion is 1600x900 cause i actually get 1 FPS more then 1280x720 on all setting on Arma 2

I Don't really care what brand of card as long as its better then this one and will fit in my case also if it helps i can upload a picture with the heatsink that blocks expansion to see if anyone knows what it is and if its necessary or not i really wanted to get a newer video card like GTX500 or even New AMD but i can not find small enough vid card that does fit in the case.

If more info is needed lemme know id reallly like to be able to upgrade my machine
Thanks in advance.

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a c 291 U Graphics card
July 20, 2012 3:18:31 PM

Could you upload the picture?
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a b U Graphics card
July 20, 2012 3:20:17 PM

you could try finding a hd 7750
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July 20, 2012 3:29:59 PM

Heres the Pic lemme know if u can make out what it is i can take another pick as for the HD 7750 i think its to big with such limited room im boned until i figure out what this heatsink is for

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a c 291 U Graphics card
July 20, 2012 3:31:39 PM

That heatsink that's behind the blue wire seems very small, doesn't seem like it would cause trouble for a bigger card.
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July 20, 2012 3:35:58 PM

it sticks out jus far enough to stop a video card from being placed there
well it i were to extend my card it would hit each other unless know cards angle away from there i can get another pic from different angle if that helps
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a c 291 U Graphics card
July 20, 2012 3:37:05 PM

Pic from different angle would be nice.
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July 20, 2012 3:44:21 PM

it might not just be about the length of the card but more so about the shape of its cooler
something like an ASUS Radeon HD7750 ( http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/HD_7750/ ) might be shaped so it clears that heatsink
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July 20, 2012 3:48:08 PM

ya that looks like it could actually fit hopefully defintly gonna look up return policy. only problem is i only have a PCI Express 2.0 :/ 
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July 20, 2012 3:51:27 PM

pci-e 3 still works on pci-e2
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a c 291 U Graphics card
July 20, 2012 3:54:42 PM

No it would not.
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a c 261 U Graphics card
July 20, 2012 3:57:25 PM

To identify your motherboard, run CPU-Z.

With a 300w psu, the strongest graphics card you can run is probably the 7750.

Pci-e 2.0/3.0 is a non issue. Cards are forward and backward compatible. Neither is ait a performance issue. Even the strongest graphics cards are minimally impacted by 2.0

Graphics cards are only one. or two slots wide. I don't see how anything where your finger is pointing should impacta add in card.

It looks like there is something already plugged into the pci-e x16 slot, but I can't tell what.
I hope you are not thinking of using a X4 slot. Perhaps another pic would be helpful.

Also, if 6.5" is really your maximum length, many 7750 cards will be longer than that.
Lay a ruler in the case when you take another pic.
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July 20, 2012 3:57:38 PM

1% still counts :p 
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a c 291 U Graphics card
July 20, 2012 3:59:39 PM

1% is for GTX 680 and HD 7970. They are at least few times more powerful than HD 7750. There won't be any difference for a card like HD 7750.
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a c 261 U Graphics card
July 20, 2012 4:01:02 PM

tassietim said:
1% still counts :p 

Not much to me.
Regardless, that is only with the strongest of graphics cards. with lesser cards the difference will be even less.
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July 20, 2012 4:05:55 PM

alrighty then thanks everyone!
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July 20, 2012 4:08:03 PM

true 1% not much
all cool then :D 
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July 20, 2012 4:23:18 PM

ill take another picture as soon as i can and my mother board is a Gigabyte 2AC8
Sorry wasn't pointing at anything i was jus trying to move the wires out of the way, cause hp does a wonderful job of putting wires together in their cases.

heres the pic with a measuring tape i lack a true ruler XD
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a c 291 U Graphics card
July 20, 2012 6:13:52 PM

From that picture I can say that there's no way the heatsink will get in the way of the graphics card.
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July 20, 2012 6:24:19 PM

oh which card it sticks out i think 3/4s of a inch. but if the video card angles away from MB then ya it should
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a b U Graphics card
July 20, 2012 6:26:28 PM

You should be able to fit a bigger card in there no problem. A radeon 7770 might be perfect for you.
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a c 191 U Graphics card
July 20, 2012 6:31:27 PM

Garverick said:
ill take another picture as soon as i can and my mother board is a Gigabyte 2AC8
Sorry wasn't pointing at anything i was jus trying to move the wires out of the way, cause hp does a wonderful job of putting wires together in their cases.

heres the pic with a measuring tape i lack a true ruler XD
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Its not going to hit that heatsink. I can guarantee it. I've installed a Radeon 5770 in a HP Pavilion like yours.

Either way though the 7750 is going to be the best you can get with that power supply unless you want to upgrade it.
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a c 261 U Graphics card
July 20, 2012 7:38:33 PM

From a length point of view, you can install any graphics card that is supported by your psu.

The card will not extend lower than the height of the pci-e slpt.
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July 20, 2012 8:04:03 PM

OK heres some more pics to let you guys know, im prolly jus being paranoid cause well im really excitied to get a new video card :pt1cable:  but heres a couple of pics if you guys say it will work ill take your word and order it next week :sol: 





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July 20, 2012 8:31:23 PM

OK thanks everyone! one more question whats a good powersupply i look on tigger direct all the time but everyone that looks like a deal has negative reviews
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July 20, 2012 8:46:39 PM

OK awesome Gf will be happy to know i wont need to spend too much money upgrading my machine. XD now how do i close this thread select the best answer and it becomes solved
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a c 173 U Graphics card
July 20, 2012 9:28:26 PM

Should be as what everyone has been telling you, if I were and that heatsink was indeed to high and blocks longer cards I would have simply changed it out for a smaller cooler. If there were nothing around to be purchased that was already compatible I would have just grabbed an old 486 era cooler or some old cooler from off a old agp card and modded it to fit.

Beyond that there shouldn't be any problems and no need to be so stressed out over it if you were.
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July 27, 2012 12:39:46 AM

Best answer selected by Garverick.
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