It will fit into the machine but very tight. Pre-made machines that have custom built system cases will make this video card very tight but it will fit though. Don't expect it to fit in nicely
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Ok, I'll start off with a history of my experience with video cards. First of all, I have a DELL XPS 430-121B desktop computer, that I purchased from Best Buy, 2 years ago. It came with a 256mb video card if I recall, but it was definitely the weak link in a overall incredibly powerful computer at that price point. So, I upgraded from that video card, to a Nvidia 9800GT 1Gig card, for about $250, and that was a pretty good card. However, a few days ago, it gave out, and since it didn't support DX11, I knew it was time to upgrade again.
So, I bought the Nvidia Geforce GTX 550 Ti from BestBuy on 9/2/11. I also had to upgrade my power supply, because it required a 400w power supply, so, I also bought a 500w Rocketfish power supply from BestBuy as well, for about $80. I was not impressed by much, with the overall performance of that card. I play alot WoW, ( World of Warcraft, for the uninitiated) and I couldn't even play that game on MAX settings, with the 550Ti, without getting only about 20fps,that's seriously choppy graphics, making for a very unhappy WoW head:(. So, I knew that was not the route for me to go, not with this card. I believe this card is great for people that don't play graphic intensive games, and at $200, there are better compitetors out there at that price, and less.
Fast forward to 9/9/11. I returned the 550Ti, and bought a PNY Geforce GTX 560Ti Overclocked card, and !WOW!, this card is extremely good. For $279, you are going to get a GREAT value. In WoW for example, I have all the settings on MAX, and this card is pumping out a steady average of 42fps! I am impressed. And this card can, and will play any game you throw at it as well. But just don't take my word for it, go to http://www.geforce.com/Hardware/GPUs/geforce-gtx-560ti/reviews to see what alot of websites have to say about it. If you are into gaming, make the investment. This card has hit a sweet spot with alot of people. And btw, you'll need at least a 500w power supply to run this beast.:)
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