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Hello Everyone

Ive been upgrading my computer over the last year when i get a bit of money and ive hit a bit of a snag with graphics cards..

Heres what i got so far

Aerocool Dead Silence Gaming Cube Case (side windows with white led silent fans)
Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 motherboard
3.9GHz AMD FX 6350 Six-Core Vishera Processor (Turbo Speed 4.2GHz)
16GB of DDR3 1333Mhz RAM
1TB HDD Hard Drive
Nvidia Geforce GT 620 1GB Dedicated Graphics Card
Asus PCE-AC66 1300Mbps Wireless PCI-E Network Interface Card


My Goal

Aerocool Dead Silence Gaming Cube Case (side windows with white led silent fans)
Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 motherboard
3.9GHz AMD FX 6350 Six-Core Vishera Processor (Turbo Speed 4.2GHz)
G Skill 4x 8GB PC3-19200 DDR3 2400MHz
Pioneer BDR-208EBK 128GB 15x Multilayer BDRW
2x SanDisk SDSSDHP-256G-G25 256GB Ultra Plus SATA III
Western Digital 2TB 3.5 inch
Asus PCE-AC66 1300Mbps Wireless PCI-E Network Interface Card
Zalman ZM600-GT 600W

The problem i am having is most decent graphics cards are double mounts and i don't really have the room for them for example Asus AMD Radeon R9 280X DirectCUII TOP 3GB GDDR5 1070MHz Graphics Card

i would like a set of decent graphics cards to complete this system so i never have to worry about upgrading again for some time

Thanks in advance for any help
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:welcome: omni86

i would like a set of decent graphics cards to complete this system so i never have to worry about upgrading again for some time


If the MB at the attached link is the same as the one that you have then it only has one X16 PCI-E slot, see here also keep in mind that some of the high end video cards are more than 12" long which can be a problem with uATX size MBs that are inside a mid tower sized case let alone in a small form factor case.
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Thanks for the welcome..

Im trying to keep a small case because i live in a small flat with a tiny office hehe..

according to my case specifications

Max length space available for PCI slots 255mm (320mm with front cage removed )(350mm -without front fan)

The graphics card is the only thing i can't seem to find a decent enough match for i want to try and get the best possible for my computer.
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It is not just the size of your case that matters it is also your MB, you will need to make sure that any potential video card will not be prevented from sitting properly due to something like a heatsink being in the way, measure the room that you have with a tape measure and post back with those details + your maximum budget for the card.
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current graphics card is 170mm and i have room for a 240mm graphics card..

as far as budget goes i dont really have one but dont wanna pay a fortune if i dont have to
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What about 241mm, also keep in mind that most good GPUs are dual slot and so you will lose the use of the first PCI slot, card here
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This looks like it would be a perfect fit.. If i remove the use of 3 Sata III ports i should be able to fit its bigger 4GB brother instead which is 251mm..

This isn't something that i really wanted to do but the 2GB version is £205 and the 4GB is £250.. This way tho i shouldn't have to worry about any problems when it comes to running the latest games..


Thanks alot for your advice Phillpower2
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You are most welcome omni86 :thumbsup:

Some prices for you here
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Very simular to the prices ive seen from my local computer company.

The only other real question left is my PSU going to be man enough to run this system without to many problems?

Zalman ZM600-GT 600W

Case allows for s max ATX PSU length of 160mm
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Until we have a complete list of your planned upgrades we cannot say what PSU you will need, your original list + a GTX 760 would require around 650W and possibly up to 700W.

Typical PSU dimensions are 150mm x 86mm x 160mm

Edited by phillpower2, 05 January 2014 - 01:05 PM.
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The list would be as follows

Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 motherboard
3.9GHz AMD FX 6350 Six-Core Vishera Processor (Turbo Speed 4.2GHz)
G Skill 4x 8GB PC3-19200 DDR3 2400MHz
EVGA Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 4GB GDDR5
Pioneer BDR-208EBK 128GB 15x Multilayer BDRW
2x SanDisk SDSSDHP-256G-G25 256GB Ultra Plus SATA III
2x Western Digital 2TB 3.5 inch
Asus PCE-AC66 1300Mbps Wireless PCI-E Network Interface Card


Of course this is without any cooling as such but i do have

2 x Corsair Air Series AF120-LED 120mm Quiet Edition
1 x Corsair Air Series AF120-LED 140mm Quiet Edition
Super-silent 20cm fan600 RPM(standard aerocool dead silence case fan)
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Corsair is showing 600 to 650W but that does not allow for your optical drive/s and cooling fans ect, you can check for yourself here
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So to be on the safe side a 750W psu should be more than enough?

AX760 ATX Power Supply — 760 Watt 80 PLUS® Platinum Certified Fully-Modular PSU..

Thanks for all your help Phillpower2.
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You will not get better than the Seasonic, it is more than you need but made to last and will allow for future upgrades such as additional HDDs and the likes, PSU 7 year warranty.

You are most welcome btw omni86 :thumbsup:
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:thumbsup: cheaper too


Ok So this will be my new computer..

Aerocool Dead Silence Gaming Cube Case
Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 motherboard
3.9GHz AMD FX 6350 Six-Core Vishera Processor (Turbo Speed 4.2GHz)
G Skill 4x 8GB PC3-19200 DDR3 2400MHz
EVGA Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 4GB GDDR5
Pioneer BDR-208EBK 128GB 15x Multilayer BDRW
2x SanDisk SDSSDHP-256G-G25 256GB Ultra Plus SATA III
2x Western Digital 2TB 3.5 inch
Asus PCE-AC66 1300Mbps Wireless PCI-E Network Interface Card
Seasonic Platinum 760W
2 x Corsair Air Series AF120-LED 120mm Quiet Edition
1 x Corsair Air Series AF120-LED 140mm Quiet Edition
Super-silent 20cm fan600 RPM(standard aerocool dead silence case fan)

Hopefully with this spec i shouldn't have problems playing miniclip 8ball pool eiei

Thanks again Phillpower2 guess this closes this thread now :)
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