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Amy and I both play World of Warcraft. As the game progressed, we had to use lower settings and had reduced frame rate as our systems aged. So, on Black Friday, we saw some Graphics cards on sale, so we bought a couple. I swapped Amy’s card out in 10 minutes. Old one out, new one in, no problem. For my computer, I had two problems — perhaps you can see one.
If I removed the hard drive, then I might have gotten it to fit, but the power supply would not have been enough.
So I waited, and ordered a new case (that could fit a kitten, no picture) and power supply. I got all the parts last night, and was able to swap the motherboard.
At midnight, I decided that sleep would be a good thing. Coming back this morning, I got everything installed and “tidied” up.
The sharp-eyed among you might notice some unconnected cables. Well, the front panel I/O headers on the MoBo are under the Graphics Card, and there’s not clearance to plug them in. There are solutions, but I’ve spent more on this upgrade than I did on the original computer. To be fair, it was a return so it was a reduced price.
Some lessons: another computer is helpful to look up motherboard pinouts. Think about the form factor when buying hardware.
On another note, I might have to unplug the power LED indicator. I can see the light on the ceiling.
Anyone else have some holes that suck money?