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August 5, 2012 12:41:10 PM

Hi everyone, i came here because of your excellent advice and knowledge. I am wanting to upgrade my GPU to something better than my current one, I have a semi-old computer and want to get the most out of it that i can.

Gateway GT5220
AMD Athlon® 64 X2 3800+, dual core processor
2560MB DDR2 memory
250 GB 7200 RPM HD
PCI-Express ×16
Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT
Dynex 400w PSU DX-400WPS
1920X1080 monitor

I was thinking along the lines of something like this, or maybe a 2GB card if my computer could handle it, i have a budget of 80$


GIGABYTE GV-N430OC-1GL GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

What do you think?

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August 5, 2012 1:25:10 PM

and 6670 is small so it will fit in your case and it uses small amout of power 85w
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a b U Graphics card
August 5, 2012 1:39:40 PM

I agree with MJoob.
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August 5, 2012 1:50:11 PM

My current card Height is 4.3 inches, or 11.1cm, which looks like the limit as that is where the mounting bracket is located to screw it into place. Will the card you listed at 5.12 inches fit into my mini tower?
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a b U Graphics card
August 5, 2012 2:03:45 PM

Good advice by MJoob, but really go with 6670 or something better. GT430 will barely be an upgrade from the GT520. They have almost the same performance.
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August 5, 2012 2:32:34 PM

Sunius that looks like a great card from the reviews, i may consider purchasing that one
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a c 291 U Graphics card
August 5, 2012 2:37:45 PM

Glad I helped :) .
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August 5, 2012 3:01:46 PM

Actually at a Height of 2.44" the low profile bracket would be too short would it not? The Full profile bracket that is included with it would be the one i would use?
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a c 291 U Graphics card
August 5, 2012 3:14:35 PM

Well, you said you had a slim case, that's why I linked a low profile card. Either way, one of those two included brackets WILL fit.
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August 5, 2012 3:16:35 PM

I have a mini tower, and the full profile bracket looks like it will work, the one you suggested still looks like the best choice
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August 5, 2012 3:59:05 PM

Yea i looked at that card, the only problem is that it is too wide and will run into my CPU heatsink
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a c 291 U Graphics card
August 5, 2012 4:19:54 PM

The fan will be faced AWAY from your CPU fan. So there's no way it will hit it.
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August 5, 2012 4:22:43 PM

Negative, it will be pointing towards my CPU.
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a b U Graphics card
August 5, 2012 5:19:19 PM

glix said:
Negative, it will be pointing towards my CPU.


The layout of the motherboard does not allow that. The GPU fan always faces away from the CPU cooler.
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August 5, 2012 5:32:57 PM

Well then mine is a freak because my current GPU is facing the heatsink. motherboard model c51pvgm-gb

the fan doesnt directly face infront of it but its on the same side
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a c 291 U Graphics card
August 5, 2012 5:33:17 PM

Yea what the guy above said. The card in the picture is actually upside down.
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a c 291 U Graphics card
August 5, 2012 5:45:46 PM

glix said:
Well then mine is a freak because my current GPU is facing the heatsink. motherboard model c51pvgm-gb

the fan doesnt directly face infront of it but its on the same side

Mind taking picture of that?
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August 5, 2012 5:48:14 PM

yea give me about 10mins
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a c 291 U Graphics card
August 5, 2012 6:07:33 PM

Yea you're right. You need a single slot card. So yea, this card is the best option.

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

P. S. You've got some nasty cable work there :o .
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August 5, 2012 6:11:35 PM

yea its all over the place i need to get some ties lol

and do you think the full profile bracket will fit?
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a c 291 U Graphics card
August 5, 2012 6:14:18 PM

Yes it will. Your old card is full profile.
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August 5, 2012 6:16:49 PM

Alright perfect, thanks for all of your help, I really appreciate it.
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a c 291 U Graphics card
August 5, 2012 6:17:15 PM

Glad I helped ;) .
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August 5, 2012 6:20:19 PM

Best answer selected by glix.
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a b U Graphics card
August 5, 2012 6:23:49 PM

I would look at upgrading your RAM a bit too.
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August 5, 2012 6:26:19 PM

running windows xp, max ram is 3gb if im not mistaken

or do you mean ddr3 ram?
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a c 291 U Graphics card
August 5, 2012 6:29:17 PM

You should upgrade windows along with RAM :D  Some new games don't even support windows XP (namely Battlefield 3, Need for Speed: The Run, etc).
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August 5, 2012 6:30:30 PM

i had a pirated version of windows 7, downgraded when i formated and used the backup partition to reinstall xp, i might get 7 again however for a better directx version
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