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MopiGothi

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Howdy!

 

I'm trying to find something that Google in its infinite wisdom seems unable to tell me. Almost as though the manufacturers never thought of, so never listed it as a specification so there's nothing to match with a search... hmm

 

Most graphics cards are two slot affairs, but I have a MicroATX motherboard, and want two cards - and a soundcard.

 

So I started looking for cards that only take up one slot - fine if I want something not capable of running the current games.

 

But of course, whack a waterblock on a card and suddenly it's single slot right? Well, rarely as in their "wisdom" manufacturers put on power connectors that are two slots wide, and a second DVI connector also making it too wide.

 

So... I thought Watercoolinguk,co.uk might know a thing or two about waterblocks... so I came here.

 

Right.

Per card budget is approximately £200 (if I eat noodles for a whole months maybe £300)... 

Needs to be as gaming capable as possible - and overclockable 

But also needs to be able to be single slot when using a waterblock...

 

Any combination of Card and Waterblock that works is cool, I don't have any brand affiliations to worry about, but I do want the maximum graphics potential from the thinest package possible.

 

I have been sifting the entire internet for this, each time I find a card - can't find a waterblock to fit, or if I can find a block it's got two slot wide sockets...

 

£300 monies (so faaaar end of affordable and makes waterblocks another month away...) in the right online shop gets a KFA2 GTX680 with only one row of ports narrow power sockets but can't find anything that says it fits block-wise... or I tracked down some Asus 7870 cards which as version 1 would have cut down to one slot - but nowhere has them in stock anymore and only the version 2 exist - they have double width sockets...

 

Thanks in advance, I've a credit card aching to buy stuff, but don't want get stuff that wont do what I want the way I want...



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IanF

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Hi,

 

welcome to the forum :)

 

If you don't need the latest card, then Scan have the "1536MB POV/TGT GTX580 Beast2 Watercooled" for £191.50 which has all the output sockets to one side and comes with the water block installed, so keeps nicely in budget!

 

On the AMD side they do a Scan branded HD 7870 with the layout you want for £164.40.

 

At the top end of your budget I found an HD 7970 with the right layout foR £287.75.

 

HTH,

 

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I got a 580GTX with a block fitted.Fantastic Card.

Sorry to say,but the AMD sollurion is a no go.

I've bough the 770 gtx 4GB and it is a massive improvement,on my 580.

Best card ever,so get this and you will be suprised,LOL

 

Andy



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MopiGothi

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I got a 580GTX with a block fitted.Fantastic Card.

Sorry to say,but the AMD sollurion is a no go.

I've bough the 770 gtx 4GB and it is a massive improvement,on my 580.

Best card ever,so get this and you will be suprised,LOL

 

Andy

Ok, so why not AMD? As far as I was aware, more AMD cards exist which can be made into single slot cards in my price range... 



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Right, slight update...

 

In order to stay in budget and not starve, I'm thinking of a HD7950 - £220 monies, and an awful lot of potential for clocking under water...



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Good choice of card.

 

Seen an overclocked MSI HD 7950 for £185.

 

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Ok i will revise my comment,that card Ian suggests is a cracker for performance and  money.

 

I'm just a green corner fan,so always defend them  :roll:

 

Andy






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