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post #1 of 12
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hi everyone, i'm new here and i'm posting because i have the problem stated above.

my motherboard is:
Gigabyte EP43-DS3L
info: http://www.google.com/products/catal...ed=0CEYQ8wIwAA
image: http://www.binbin.net/photos/gigabyt...ep31-ds3l-.jpg

my graphics card is:SAPPHIRE HD 4850
info: http://www.google.com/products/catal...25&os=contents
image: http://assets.gearlive.com/blogimage...on-hd-4850.jpg

as you can see in the image of the motherboard, the PCI-E slot (teal color) is in the middle. as far as i can tell, the big fan housing of the graphics card bumps into that golden square thing at the bottom left edge of the PCI-E slot.
i can get the card in almost all the way, but the forward-most pins dont enter slot fully.

i dont really have the money for a new motherboard, so ill be happy to hear any suggestions on making this work! (if possible).

thanks all.
post #2 of 12
Hmmm it is a problem...

The Gold Square thing as you put it is a Heatsink for the South Bridge Chip (correct me if I am wrong as I am an ASUS man).
You could remove the Gold Heatsink and replace it with a smaller one or a small 70mm fan (or smaller) making sure it is sitting correctly over the Chip so it can cool it...

Or just look at replacing the graphic card for something that would fit...
    
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Hi and welcome to OCN.

Lol, that's a fail for Gigabyte Anyway, maybe if you tilt the card upward, just so it clicks and locks to the socket, then it'd be fine. If not, you can:
1. cut the fins of the south bridge cooler that are getting in the way. Like shown here:
http://www.overclock.net/cooling-exp...i-lowered.html

2. Get a new cooler for the south bridge and use thermal glue to fit it on the chip. Anything low-profile will do.

3. Get a new cooler for the GPU. Kinda pointless expense for a 4850, but it's an option
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Welcom to OCN

How about changing the cooler on the card to something like this:
http://www.coolerguys.com/840556082248.html

or even better this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835118006

According to this pic:http://www.firingsquad.com/hardware/.../images/02.jpg That Zalman cooler should clear your mobo heat sink no problem.
post #5 of 12
"golden square thing" hahaha. it's a heatsink, which so happens to be removable & replaceable. go buy a lower profile one from the store and you should be fine.

other solutions:
if your motherboard is new, go get another one.
if your motherboard is old, go buy a new one.
if you don't have money to buy a new one, change the graphics card. (& be sure to bring down your motherboard to double check)
if you can't change the graphics card, well send my condolences.
nah just kidding.
if you can't do any of the above, beg rob steal.. or earn, some money.
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lol epic design fail, I wont bother posting a solution since everyone already has you covered though
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lol epic design fail, I wont bother posting a solution since everyone already has you covered though
your not wrong there!
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hi guys - thanks for the help!

i really don't think i have the skills to cut anything
though i could probably replace things if its not too difficult. which would be easier/cheaper? replacing the cooler for the GPU or the heatsink for the motheboard?
and does their replacement require anything besides unscrewing and re-screwing?

i got this card from a friend who didnt need it anymore - its much better than the one i have, but i wont be buying anything else if it doesnt work =\\
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The better mobo heatsink is by far cheaper and should be pretty straight forward not sure it it's clips or screws though
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post #10 of 12
swapping out the southbridge sink is most likely easiest, but, you may be able to get away without cutting anything, the fins on the heat sink should bend pretty easily, be careful (i would also advise removing it from the chip first but upto you. You should be
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