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Gfx card upgrade (noob)

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All midrange cards should fit, even top end cards, just look for cards where the cooler doesnt overhang the PCB. Looks like 300mm clearance almost, and your cards is about 250mm long.
Most online stores will have dimensions within the spec sheet.
Your other specs?
 

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A90 Case
biostar TA890FXE mobo
XFX 5850
Corsair dominator 4 gig
thermaltake black widow 850w PSU...

can you just point me in the direction of a card you know would work? sorry, dont have much of an idea of what im doing
 
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what's your budget?
 

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just fyi there isnt more than an inch of space in front of the card i have now... trying to be on the safe side.

budget is $400
 

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What is your processor?
Well if you want to be super safe, assuming your cards is 250mm, plus an inch, is almost 275mm.
So with your budget, gpu's with smaller pcb's would range from 650 to 660ti, and HD 7750 to 7870.
I'll check around for high end cards with smaller pcb's.
 

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sorry, forgot cpu: amd phenom II x4 965BE
 

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7950's seem to have PCB's above 280mm, I did however find some GTX 670's on newegg with PCB's waaaay below 275mm with reference PCB's and coolers.

MSI GTX 670
EVGA GTX 670's

Theyre at the top of your budget though.
 

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thanks man, appreciate your help. so what is the general number i should stay below size-wise?
 

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thanks man, appreciate your help. so what is the general number i should stay below size-wise?
To be safe, stay below 270mm, if your measurements are correct, based upon your current card size and remaining gap.
 

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okay thanks. i tend to lean towards amd stuff. any ideas?
 

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HANG ON!
'The interior only allows for graphics cards with up to 260 mm length'

AMD wise you can look into the 7870's, I will continue my search for 79xx series with pcb's less than 260mm
 
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Cheers guys! thanks for your help. before i order, can you confirm that that card works with all my other specs?
 

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Cheers guys! thanks for your help. before i order, can you confirm that that card works with all my other specs?
It'll work just fine, though i recommend 4GB more ram(8GB) minimum, if you're a BF3 player especially.
Processor will do ok, and motherboard will cope just fine. PSU seems legit enough as well.