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Upgrading to Saphire Radeon R9 290x Tri-X


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Hi, I'm looking to buy a Saphire Radeon R9 290x Tri-X BF4 Edtion GPU and I would like to know if I have the required '8-pin + 6-pin required' connectors? My current PSU is 600W Quiet 80 PLUS Quad Rail PSU and I am current using a 660ti reference card. Also I would like to know how big it is? Would it fit in a In Win MaNa 136 Gaming Case?

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Gday.
Looks to me as though the card is to long for that case.

because Sapphire is using AMD's reference board this means that Sapphire's cooler is larger than the board itself. The board is 10.5" long, while the Tri-X cooler brings the total length of the card to a clean .12"


peak power consumption of about 300W, augmented by a 6pin + 8pin PCIe power socket set at the top of the card.
PSU. Watts would be OK but you will need to look up your exact brand for the PCI-E cables.
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Would there be anything I could do to make it fit (Except buy a new case)? And I don't think my PSU is branded, it is from PCSpecialist.
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Thanks for the reply.
Make a inspection, use a tape, could you move a HDD up or down. Look carefully at the parts under where the GPU would extend, do they come up higher than the GPU slot?
PSU. The Watts are OK, but you need to know the Amps on the 12v rail and it must have 1 x 6 pin + 1 x 8 pin PCI-e cables. The PSU should still have a label with the specs or contact the supplyer of the computer.
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Okay thanks, I will check in the morning and get back to you.
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I think I would be able to move the HDD lower but I don't know if I can remove the HDD that is in the way, I think they are all connected. The Power Supply only has 2x 6 pin connectors going into my graphics card with 2x 2 pin connectors not connected. The PSU brand is FSP.
Here are some images of my current GPU and the HDD and bays.

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Would this card be a better option? (Size wise) Link
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Gday.
Yes, the 780 would be a slightly better fit. Reading Pro reviews, it performs, across the board, just a tad better than the R9 290X. It also has a lower TDP @ 250W,
requires 1 x 6 pin and 1 x 8 pin PCI-E cables. (your PSU has the required cable connections, use 1 x 6 pin + 1 x 2 pin = 1 x 8 pin.) The 780 runs a lot cooler and quieter, it can also take advantage of the new Nvidia G-sync, > http://www.tomshardw...nitor,3699.html.

There looks to be enough cable length to move the HDD. Look for some videos by places like Newegg. > https://www.google.c...wIcm0kgXVgoHIDw
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Great, what is the length of the EVGA 780 Classified ACX?
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Gday.
You are moving up the scale a bit.
The P/N: 03G-P4-3788-KR requires a 600w PSU with 2 x 8 pin PCI-E cables, 2 slot width and a length of 10.5". is about $550 found on Newegg, > http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814130943this
A list with other 780s, > http://pcpartpicker..../#c=136&sort=a7
And all EVGA 780s, > http://www.evga.com/...chipset=GTX 780
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Gday. Happy New Year.
How is your selection for a GPU going? An update would be appreciated.
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Hi, I have been away for new year and I will be buying the GPU when I get back tomorrow. Happy new year.
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Got the card and installed it, is working great, was a tight fit in the case, the 6 to 8 pin connectors were supplied in the case.
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