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i had another question. my vid card hasnt arrived yet but i was looking online and found out that there are certain cases that take only low profile graphic cards? how do i check if mine can take a vid card with a normal bracket?
Look on the cooler-master site:

http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?product_id=2987

The rear photo shows the standard 7 4.2" expansion slots. You can pretty much eyeball it, as the low profile brackets are much narrower.
 
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These are low profile brackets.

If these look too short for the PCI slots at the back of the case then you do not have a case which requires low profile cards.
 
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thank u very much fellas. i dont think my case takes low profile cards.
Low profile slots are fairly uncommon, especially when building your own PC. Even 1U servers commonly use risers to rotate the slots 90 degrees so that full-height cards can fit.
 
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Low profile slots are fairly uncommon, especially when building your own PC. Even 1U servers commonly use risers to rotate the slots 90 degrees so that full-height cards can fit.
they have to, not even a low profile card will fit vertically in a 1u server.
 
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Low profile slots are fairly uncommon, especially when building your own PC. Even 1U servers commonly use risers to rotate the slots 90 degrees so that full-height cards can fit.
Risers!
Forgot about those things.

Only cases I have seen which require low profile cards are SFF OEMS like HP and ACER SFF.
These are usually cases which are designed for office work or compact entertainment PCs which are designed for watching movies and playing farmville.
 
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thank u for this info, it helps. the good thing about bestbuy is that they price match the lowest price and have free shipping if u buy something over $20. i pricematched it down to 108 (+tax).
excellent! I normally don't like best buy because it's just a hassle working with them and they bother you at the stores like car salesman. Also getting the pricematch is not as easy at best buy as it is at microcenter.
At microcenter you just say "hey X store has this for sale at X price, here it is on my phone". They pull it up on the computer and you got the price match. Best buy always tell me that's not their regular price or it's not the same exact model #. The lamest one is that it's not the same color. I want to give up my money as trouble free as possible. Best buy just doesn't do it for me in this area.

I'm glad you have a good experience with best buy though. Although BB is still/was much better than Circuit City ever could possibly do. They are out of business for a very good reason. I feel scammed every time I buy something there.
 
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excellent! I normally don't like best buy because it's just a hassle working with them and they bother you at the stores like car salesman.
+1

Risers!
Forgot about those things.

Only cases I have seen which require low profile cards are SFF OEMS like HP and ACER SFF.
These are usually cases which are designed for office work or compact entertainment PCs which are designed for watching movies and playing farmville.
It wasn't until recently I found flexible risers that promptly blew my mind. I guess they've been around for a while.





 

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#34
i received my vid card today and it says 'overclock edition' on it. does this mean its overclocked or it can be overclocked?
 
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i received my vid card today and it says 'overclock edition' on it. does this mean its overclocked or it can be overclocked?
It comes slightly overclocked