I'm attempting to build my own computer. How can I tell if the case I select is big enough? Thanks.
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rcgldr said:Also make sure there's enough room for the video card, as some of those are fairly long.
Both should be PCI Express these days. The other issue, is the power needed by the video card, which may need one or two 6 pin or 8 pin PCI Express power connectors (or one of each).ForMyThunder said:Another question: how do I check that the graphics card is compatible with the motherboard/CPU?
jarednjames said:Unless a HD or the PSU (when installed in the bottom right) are overlapping the motherboard, this shouldn't be an issue.
Mech_Engineer said:It's actually more of an issue than you think, especially in the high-end cards. Low and mid-range video cards are fairly reasonably sized, but high-performance gaming cards will be large with built-in heatsinks and cooling ducts.
ATI's top-end card for example, the Radeon HD 5970, is more than 12 inches long- too big to fit in anything but a very large full-tower case. I have an nVidia GTX 260, and the card barely fits in my NZXT full tower gaming case. I literally have to turn it sideways in the case to get it in there, then turn it straight and plug it into the mobo (the power connections are on the side of the card to keep length semi-reasonable).
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