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Need to know if GTX 460 is compatible with my PC?

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July 31, 2012 8:21:14 AM

Hi again guys. I've been appreciating the help so far and I am three days away from getting the funds to purchase my new card. I have been intently looking at the GTX 460 (ENGTX460-PCIE-1GB-CO-R), and I'd like to know how to check my PC to make sure I'm gonna be good to install this.

Again, my build is:
Acer Aspire AM3470G-UW10P
2.2 GHz A6-3620 AGP (2.5 GHz Turbo Boost)
Onboard Radeon HD 6530D
4GB RAM
300w OEM PSU

Yes, yes, yes, the PSU is coming out as well, definitely gonna get at least a 450w if not more. But I want to make sure my PC can support all these requirements that are listed. Again, I'm new to this so I'd appreciate any help as how I can check and make sure everything is on the up and up.

Product Requirements:
Two (2) available rear expansion slots (Does this mean two of those little filled in slots with nothing in them? If so, I'm good, I have 4 of those empty.)
Available PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot with available adjacent slot (I know there is a PCI-e x16 slot on the mobo, but it doesn't specify in the specs whether it is 2.0 or not. I've hear that PCI-e is backwards compatible? Also, this "available adjacent slot"? Does that mean this is gonna need two PCI-e 2.0 x16 slots or is this gonna cover up another slot? This is my biggest question mark.)
Two (2) 6-pin PCI Express power connectors (So I need to find a PSU with two of these available?)
DVI or HDMI display (Check.)

Thank you again everyone. If you need any more info, please ask. I'll do my best to answer so I can get a good idea of what I need.

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July 31, 2012 8:29:03 AM

Let me go through your checklist ;) 
1) Yes it means the slots on the rear of your case.
2) Yes it means it will cover up another slot.
3) Yes you need 2x 6 pin connectors. So yes you need to find a psu with 2 of these available.

I only wonder if your CPU would bottleneck the gpu.

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July 31, 2012 8:34:59 AM

I'm actually afraid of this as well, but I plan to build my own PC early next year (tax time!) so I could just yank this out and throw it in there with a better CPU in my custom rig, right? Thanks for the answers. If all it is gonna do is cover another slot, then I guess I don't have anything to worry about, because I don't plan to utilize any other slot at the moment.
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July 31, 2012 8:40:41 PM

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