Graphic or Video Card width

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I have been planning to upgrade my graphics card. I have a HP 8226x pc with a PCIE x16 slot & a PCI 1 slot. The PCIE 1 slot is used by my TV tuner card which I do not want to change(to a pci tv tuner) for the moment. I have done some research on Cards. I upgraded my power supply to a 550 wts & with my dual core (total 6000) Vista 32 I should be able to improve on my ATI 3650 1GIG card I have at present. My problem? I recently purchases a ATI 4670 1GIG card & it was too WIDE. Though the box says it only needs ONE PCI slot, it takes up the space on my Motherboard of my PCIEx16 & my PCIE cards. I can't find accurate WIDTHS of most cards in my price range. $150 canadian. I only have 3/4 inch space which is enough for my present card. Fortunately, I was able to return the 4670 because the FAN took up too much space. Online, I have see 4670's with smaller fans that look similar in size to my 3650 (Asus & others) but not measurements. I ask salepeople, no one knows either though one fellow told my that the large fans (almost the size of the whole VCards) are becoming more & more popular. Anything with a large fan will not fit in my PC. Is there anything I can do short of buying more VCards and trying them?

thank-you for reading this

Paul
 

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From speaking to salepeople here in Montreral, Canada I have learned that many of major retailers have been receiving new models of Video cards with these big fans, partly because it's cheaper to make a heatsink this way. Even when the online pictures at show a small fan in the heatsink, it probably isn't correct. One person suggested I buy online where they may have a larger choice, but I must be sure that it is an older (3months or more) model of the Card.
 

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thank you all for your kind attention. The safest thing for me was to buy an opened box form Futureshop(who also has a great return policy) & see it for myself. I bought a xfx 4650 1 gig & it fits well

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