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How do I make sure a card fits into my motherboard?

  1. #1


    Posts : 19
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

    How do I make sure a card fits into my motherboard?


    Hey all,

    Im not very good when it comes to hardware stuff, and im looking to replace my current graphic card as Im sure its broken which is a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti, My motherboard is a MSI P67A-C45 and the graphic card im looking to get is either a GTX 760 or a GTX 770, links below. How can I see if the cards fits into the mother board?


    560 Ti:
    GeForce GTX 560 Ti | Specifications | GeForce

    Mother Board:
    MSI Global ? Motherboard - P67A-C45

    MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB HAWK:
    MSI Global ? Graphics Card - N760 HAWK

    or Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Windforce:
    GIGABYTE - Grafikkort - NVIDIA - PCI Express Solution - GeForce 700 Series - GV-N770OC-2GD

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Eneswar,

    Your motherboard specs say that you have 1 PCI Express gen2 (2.0) x16 slot on it, so either graphics card will work with the motherboard since are PCI-E 3.0 x 16 that's backwards compatible with a PCI-E 2.0 slot.

    The main thing you need to make sure of is if there's enough clearance in your case for the graphics card for where the PCI-E 2.0 clot is at on the motherboard.

    Your 600W PSU meets the minimum power requirements, but you will need to make sure that the PSU has a 6-pin and 8-pin power connectors to connect to the graphics card.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Last edited by Brink; 23 Dec 2013 at 19:24. Reason: addition
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  3. #3


    Posts : 19
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    I just checked and the PSU does have 2x 6+2 pins.

    This is the one I have: CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 (CMPSU-600CX) 600W ATX12V v2.3 Active PFC Power Supply - Newegg.com

    Another question tho: since my PSU is 600W and the 770 graphic card require minimum 600W, is it wiser if I get the 760 one which require 500W?
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    You might try this PSU calculator to see what it recommends for the PSU wattage with both cards. If it's pushing or going over 600W with the 770, then you might consider the 760.

    Thermaltake Power Supply Calculator
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  5. #5


    Posts : 19
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Thank you for the link.

    According to that the usage would be 547W att 90% load while the 760 card would be around 494W.

    Im not really sure if I even filled the list correctly tho, Im pretty sure a few of them was pure guesses :P I used Speccy but that program can be a bit confusing. At this point I think I might just stick with the 760 one tho, just to be on the safe side.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    If you don't need the bit more performance of a 770, then 760 would be a safer choice.

    If you're not going to be running your system under heavy load, then you should be fine with a 770 though.
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  7. #7


    That processor of yours could be a bit on a short side to get all the performance out of 770 (For some games" but it being a "K" model could be OCed a bit if need arises.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 19
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Thank you for the reply CountMike, I will go for the 760 one, which is still a huge upgrade from my current 560
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