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Windows 7: Graphics Card on my Motherboard - will it work?

07 Dec 2012   #1
envy28

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
Graphics Card on my Motherboard - will it work?

Hi

So I have finally decided to buy a new graphics card, the one I am thinking of is the HIS HD 7950.
HIS HD 7950 3072MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card (H795F3G2M) with FREE FARCRY3, Hitman Absolution, Sleeping Dogs & 20% off MOH Warfighter PC Games [H795F3G2M]

The only problem is I am not sure if it will actually fit on my motherboard as it may come in the way of the Ram sticks. This is the motherboard that I have
TH55B HD :: Motherboard :: BIOSTAR

I opened up my case today and I took a few pictures, so hopefully someone could help me out and let me know if it would work or not.

Thanks

Pics of motherboard (hope it helps):
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[img]http://s17.**************/98nst1lp7/S4026019.jpg[/img]
[img]http://s17.**************/ujlcxb3tn/S4026020.jpg[/img]
[img]http://s17.**************/ivrb2reor/S4026021.jpg[/img]
[img]http://s17.**************/o8g5gw2l7/S4026022.jpg[/img]


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07 Dec 2012   #2
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

It won't interfere with the RAM slots.

The components on a PCI-E card mount on the side that's away from the CPU. The 7950 is a dual slot card, so you'd cover the PCI-E X1 slot that's nearest the X16 slot.

Two questions:

What kind of power supply do you have? You'd need at least 500W, with two 6 pin PCI-E auxiliary power connectors.

Can your case handle a card that is 275 mm (10.8") long? The card is longer than the width of your micro-ATX motherboard.
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07 Dec 2012   #3
alphanumeric
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

I agree with bobkn, it shouldn't be a problem. The heat sink and fan is on the side away from your RAM slots. The worst that could happen is you'd have to remove the card to open the clips to replace a RAM module. Not a big deal in my books.
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07 Dec 2012   #4
petko131

Windows 7 x86 Ultimate
 
 

The card will miss the RAM for sure, but I'm not sure for to fit in your case
2. The PS is a bigger problem. Don't know your wattage, but at least 550W (must be top quality brand ) is needed for it to run safely-even though the specs say 500W is min. From the pictures, i see that your power supply has only one 6 pin connector, but this card needs 2!

If you don't want to change your PSU, and risk the card, you can buy this molex-to-6pin connector.


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07 Dec 2012   #5
bobafetthotmail

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

The card will definetly fit in the mobo, but you are going to lose the PCIE x1 slot, and I see that you have a card in that.
You can use ribbon extenders to pipe that connection around, and place the card outside the motherboard, just bolted to the case in the free slots.
Check the card physical size and see if the case is big enough for it, and take a pic of the writings on the PSU (the box in the top right in the first pic), as I suspect (Like most others as you noticed) it isn't good enough for that card.
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07 Dec 2012   #6
envy28

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

thanks for the reply guys

Yep your right, my PSU is only 350W, I was planning to get a new one anyway, not sure which one yet. Would anyone recommend me a good one?

Hmm i guess tomorrow I will have to check if my case is big enough or not, 10.8'' seems pretty long, I would hate to have to buy a new one.
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09 Dec 2012   #7
envy28

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Hey

So I was just wondering if this PSU Corsair Memory TX750 V2 750W ATX Enthusiast Series (CP-9020042-UK) - dabs.com would be fine for the graphics card I am planning to buy HIS HD 7950 3072MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card (H795F3G2M) with FREE FARCRY3, Hitman Absolution, Sleeping Dogs & 20% off MOH Warfighter PC Games [H795F3G2M]

Took another look inside my case, from what I measured, it should just fit although it will be close, still hoping it will not come in the way of the ram slots and it does seem really close.
[img]http://s15.**************/wm1x5lsw7/measure.jpg[/img]

Also was just wondering what the red rectangular shape object on the mobo do which says T-Series.
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09 Dec 2012   #8
bobafetthotmail

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

Shouldn't be in the way of RAM as the new card has all components to the other side of the PCB, just like the current one.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by envy28 View Post
Also was just wondering what the red rectangular shape object on the mobo do which says T-Series.
That's a aluminum heat sink keeping cool something under it. It is very likely cooling the motherboard's chipset, the component that connects everything, from CPU to GPU to whatever, the motherboard's heart so to speak.
No tampering with it unless you know what you are doing, besides, it should be low enough to not annoy a card over it.

Measure the height under the current GPU once it is clear of the PCIE slot, if it's higher than that heatsink it should be fine (as that height is standard)
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