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Looking at the pic tells me that your PC is one of those dreaded HP/Asus/etc. pre-made PCs.

Which means that you literally have to break the expansion slots open. The expansion slots are covered by the metal sheets which are welded to the case from 3-6 spots, you just have to use a flat screwdriver/etc to break the damn thing open.

No there's a holder that unscrews on the back. Remove that, the i/o shields will just slide out, thus allowing the card to go into place. Then screw the holder back on.
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Looking at the pic tells me that your PC is one of those dreaded HP/Asus/etc. pre-made PCs.

Which means that you literally have to break the expansion slots open. The expansion slots are covered by the metal sheets which are welded to the case from 3-6 spots, you just have to use a flat screwdriver/etc to break the damn thing open.

That's what I was thinking, but the pictures were quite blurry so I couldn't really tell for sure.

That's such a dumb thing to do.. I wonder why they did it like that, to save screws?
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post #13 of 22
in pic 2 remove the thumb screw and slide metal plate up and off after doing that you should be able to remove the middle pcie slot cover the other 2 slots appear too need to be broken out so i would use the middle unused slot between those 2 smile.gif
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Looking at the pic tells me that your PC is one of those dreaded HP/Asus/etc. pre-made PCs.

Which means that you literally have to break the expansion slots open. The expansion slots are covered by the metal sheets which are welded to the case from 3-6 spots, you just have to use a flat screwdriver/etc to break the damn thing open.

1. Remove the metal "lock" which has 1 screw on it (the 2nd pic)
2. Remove the metal sheet covering the slot you want to use.
3. Install the card.
4. ???
5. Profit!

this^
easiest thing to do, take a screw driver and coming from the outside, push in. once it is pushed in, grab it with your fingers carefully as to not cut yourself and wiggle back and forth until it is loose. then you will have an open slot to mount the card.
the single screw on the mounting plate should be plenty to hold the card.
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That's what I was thinking, but the pictures were quite blurry so I couldn't really tell for sure.

That's such a dumb thing to do.. I wonder why they did it like that, to save screws?
1. There are some pre-made HP/etc. PC's where the warranty is void if you even open the case. Which means: No use for expansion slots as you can't even upgrade without losing warranty.
2. Imagine how much it would cost to add a screw for every expansion slot... The design costs of the green USB ports of Razer laptops were 380000$.
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do i need screws to hold the card in place? it didnt come with any. im assuming i have to push one of the silver things out to get this working?

 

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yeah it took ages to break in the middle slot and there is metal hanging everywhere inside the case, i got the xonar dgx to work for about 10 mins before it stopped working because of how loose it is because of trash expansion slots, im just going to save it in my closet for when i get a new case + gpu + psu + mobo in the future, the only good things on my computer is i5-2400, 8gb ram, and 1tb hdd. i wish i knew pre builts were junk when i bought it in 2011. now i have an empty expansion slot on the outside of my case, should i leave it like that or put tape over it?
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btw, what case, mobo, and psu would u guys recommend me get? i want to get a 750ti when i upgrade everything, i heard my **** hp mobo doesnt work with the geforce 700 series. the mobo needs to be lga 1155
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yeah it took ages to break in the middle slot and there is metal hanging everywhere inside the case, i got the xonar dgx to work for about 10 mins before it stopped working because of how loose it is because of trash expansion slots, im just going to save it in my closet for when i get a new case + gpu + psu + mobo in the future, the only good things on my computer is i5-2400, 8gb ram, and 1tb hdd. i wish i knew pre builts were junk when i bought it in 2011. now i have an empty expansion slot on the outside of my case, should i leave it like that or put tape over it?

 

There is absolutely no change to the performance or operation of your computer with that expansion slot cover missing.

 

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btw, what case, mobo, and psu would u guys recommend me get? i want to get a 750ti when i upgrade everything, i heard my **** hp mobo doesnt work with the geforce 700 series. the mobo needs to be lga 1155

 

This is a question that needs its own thread. No one is going to come here to answer this question. There going to be coming here to answer how to install the sound card.

 

I don't know if the 700 series has compatibility issues with certain motherboards, but you have socket 1155.

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yeah it took ages to break in the middle slot and there is metal hanging everywhere inside the case, i got the xonar dgx to work for about 10 mins before it stopped working because of how loose it is because of trash expansion slots, im just going to save it in my closet for when i get a new case + gpu + psu + mobo in the future, the only good things on my computer is i5-2400, 8gb ram, and 1tb hdd. i wish i knew pre builts were junk when i bought it in 2011. now i have an empty expansion slot on the outside of my case, should i leave it like that or put tape over it?

I've got an old Acer that's been heavily used (50-100% CPU almost 16+ hours/day) and possibly operating with the CPU at over 100c, and it still runs just fine.
Pre built machines aren't always bad. it depends on the manufacturer and model.

I would never buy a Dell after the experiences I've had with them, though.
Whoever thought it was a good idea to make multiple machines with different hardware with the same model number needs to get fired.


As of right now, I would be willing to purchase another Acer if I didn't feel like ordering parts instead, and didn't care about savings but I would at least want a look at the insides before just to see if there's any silly crap like you've got going on in there. I'd go with Acer again but wouldn't blindly trust them or any other brand.



As for the exposed slot... do you have small pets or anything? Could that slot potentially protect your PC from something stupid like spilled liquids splashing in through the back? If you're worried about something getting in through that slot.. cover it. If not, forget about it. I've had the slots off in my PC for years with no trouble.
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