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help picking out an nvidia card that can fit into microatx case

Discussion in 'NVIDIA' started by Easy Rhino, Nov 10, 2008.

  1. Easy Rhino

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    so i need a nice nvidia gpu that is fast BUT can fit into the short end of a microatx case. i measured and it has to be less than 9 inches in length (that's what she said) and as i understand it most of these new awesome cards are practically a foot long. i checked on newegg and they dont give dimension specs. help!
     
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    I would say a 8600GTS would be about the size. I put my 8800GT in a Microatx case tight fit but it still fit lol
     
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    interesting. i wonder if nvidia has a site that says the dimensions of their PCBs.
     
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    never came across anything like that but maybe there is. If you would like i can tell you how long a 7900GS is and how long a 8800GT is i have both of them close by and i can measure them
     
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    yea because im running the nvidia nforce chipset for my mobo and im doing lots of virtualization so nv drivers are importnant. that card is the prefect size i believe. so something that speed but nvidia! we are getting closer!
     
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    I was in the same boat as you were. Something like a OEM spec'ed 9600gt has fitted in my case just fine.
     
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    yea but that is a little to slow for my tastes! im not looking for an amazing card, but something slightly faster so i can play fallout 3 at a nice res with high settings. what do you think about the asus i posted?
     
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    As for that asus 9800gtx+...

    A pci-e 16x slot is 3.5inches long. So take the newegg picture of the card and use that as a measurement to figure out the rest of the cards length. From what I can tell, the card is ~11 inches long.
     
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    hrm, well with that in mind i would say it actually looks ~ 9 inches. how do you figure 11?
     
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    Well twice the pci-e connector of the card will be 7in + the ~1.75-2 additional inches at the start. So your looking for a card which is double the pci-e connector length
     
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    you may want something fast but i think the 9600GT or a 8800GT (non reference) maybe all that you can fit in the case
     
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    alright so like a moron i realized i have a little more room to work. i didnt notice that on the motherboard side the hdd casing actually recesses so i think i can go with that asus card!! im gonna give it a go!
     
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    My XFX 8800GTS 512(G92) is right @ 9".

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    With with actual measurement, rather than eyeballing it (that is how I got 11in), I get is 10.25inches.

    [​IMG]

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    well if 69er's card in 9 inches than that asus is definately 10.5. that will indeed fit given my new measurements.
     
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    My 9600gt is also 9inches, to be more exact, 8.75in...for its double the pci-e, so 1.75 + 3.5 + 3.5 = 8.75 (see pic).

    [​IMG]

    and here is a 8800gts G92...

    [​IMG]


    See how its double?

    and my rig...as you see, 9 inches is the absolute max that I can spare.

    [​IMG]
     
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    well now that i take a good look at my case im pretty sure i can make the asus fit at 10.5-11 inches. before i thought that the FDD cage was completely attached to the optical drive cage but there is actually some space for it.
     
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    9400gt?
     
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    haha! well i am dumb tonight or something. so i just got this case and now realize that the FDD cage comes out so now i have unlimited space. yay! thanks guys.
     
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    You can just go with a normal 9800GTX+ also, they are 10.5" long, and the PCI-E connectors are on the side, so the wires won't be sticking out the back making the card longer(very useful in tight cases ;)).

    Otherwise, you can see if you can find an 8800GTS 512MB. It is about 9.5" and only marginally weaker than the 9800GTX.
     
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    ok another question. i really dont know much about graphics cards i guess these days. but are the gtx 200 series really something to go with over a good 9000 series card?
     

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