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GPU too big?
05-04-2011, 09:14 PM,
#1
GPU too big?
I briefly hinted at this question on another thread, but wanted to see if anyone else had some ideas.

Basically, my graphic cards are too big for my case, which is one of the reasons I broke my first motherboard (that and my general ineptitude). The new motherboard is still about a week or more away from arriving, but I'm worried about the same problem happening again.

The issue is that my second card is bumping into the hard drive cage. If I remove the screw that keeps the gate on, then it will fit -- but just barely. It looks like, from the Lancool PC-K62 instruction manual, that I can remove the cage or move it 90 degrees, but I'm not sure exactly how or if it would help. (I imagine that maybe, if the gate was out of the way, I could extend part of the card into one of the drive bays? Has anyone with this case every rotated the hard drive cage?) Would this be worth trying or is there another solution? If I had just half an inch, installing the graphics cards would be so much easier and I'd lose a hell of a lot less sleep in the coming week, since I would have to obsess a little less about breaking another motherboard.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
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05-04-2011, 10:25 PM, (This post was last modified: 05-04-2011, 10:39 PM by Trebor.)
#2
RE: GPU too big?
So i have that same case and it is easy to remove or turn the cage 90 degrees- (four small screws if i recall) I turned it and decided it was ok in its original position so I returned it. Cage is completely loose after removing screws so removal is an option. If removed wonder how you would mount your hard drive. My card is 9.37 inches vs 10.3 listed in New Egg for yours and i have like almost 2 inches to spare. Is it the connection to power that is getting it so close? If so, then running the cables through the open end of the cage might be the way to go. I also had a hard time getting the card into slot at the back of the case and i am wondering if you are having difficulty and maybe the card is not seated properly which may be pushing it back a bit? I have pics in questions section if you want to see inside of my build for comparison with the same case. I like the case so hoping this works for you.
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05-05-2011, 01:41 AM,
#3
RE: GPU too big?
If you remove the hard drive cage, you can simply put your hard drive in a 3.5" to 5.25" adapter to put it in one of the 5.25" drive bays (usually used for CD/DVD/Blu-Ray Drives, Burners and the like)

And I can confirm that rotating or removing the hard drive cage is indeed easy to do.

I'm curious, what are the video cards that you're using with the PC-K62?
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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05-05-2011, 07:38 AM,
#4
RE: GPU too big?
When I looked back at his build it looked like he was planning on:
GPU: XFX HD-687A-ZNFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB X 2
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05-05-2011, 06:19 PM,
#5
RE: GPU too big?
(05-05-2011, 01:41 AM)MathieuB Wrote: If you remove the hard drive cage, you can simply put your hard drive in a 3.5" to 5.25" adapter to put it in one of the 5.25" drive bays (usually used for CD/DVD/Blu-Ray Drives, Burners and the like)

And I can confirm that rotating or removing the hard drive cage is indeed easy to do.

I'm curious, what are the video cards that you're using with the PC-K62?

I have two GIGABYTE GV-R687OC-1GD Radeon HD 6870 1GB, and they're enormous. The first one fits in just fine -- absolutely no problem. But the second card only just barely fits, and only when you remove the thumb screw keeping the cage gate in place.

Would something like this work, do you think? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...-_-Product

And will there be any side effects from putting the hard drive in the drive bay as opposed to the hard drive cage?
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05-05-2011, 10:39 PM,
#6
RE: GPU too big?
Yes, that would work, although I would personally pony up two bucks more for this one instead:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6816215156

The reviews on both products speak for themselves.

The only downside of putting the hard drive in the drive bay is that it will get less airflow. However, that shouldn't be an issue for your hard drive, as modern hard drives usually run pretty cool.
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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05-06-2011, 12:08 AM,
#7
RE: GPU too big?
(05-05-2011, 10:39 PM)MathieuB Wrote: Yes, that would work, although I would personally pony up two bucks more for this one instead:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6816215156

The reviews on both products speak for themselves.

The only downside of putting the hard drive in the drive bay is that it will get less airflow. However, that shouldn't be an issue for your hard drive, as modern hard drives usually run pretty cool.

And these brackets will work with the PC-K62 case? I'm trying to figure out from looking at the case and the pictures how they would be installed. (I just checked the specs again, and the second card is exactly 5 cm too large, because of the HD cage gate.)

It also looks like the SATA ports will be obscured by the cards, and so I'll only be able to use two at most -- ugh. I'm not sure I chose the best motherboard or case.
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05-06-2011, 12:57 AM,
#8
RE: GPU too big?
(05-06-2011, 12:08 AM)MatthewShort Wrote:
(05-05-2011, 10:39 PM)MathieuB Wrote: Yes, that would work, although I would personally pony up two bucks more for this one instead:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6816215156

The reviews on both products speak for themselves.

The only downside of putting the hard drive in the drive bay is that it will get less airflow. However, that shouldn't be an issue for your hard drive, as modern hard drives usually run pretty cool.

And these brackets will work with the PC-K62 case? I'm trying to figure out from looking at the case and the pictures how they would be installed. (I just checked the specs again, and the second card is exactly 5 cm too large, because of the HD cage gate.)

It also looks like the SATA ports will be obscured by the cards, and so I'll only be able to use two at most -- ugh. I'm not sure I chose the best motherboard or case.

Yes. You attach them to the hard drive first, then attach the assembled kit to the case, using screws.

For the SATA ports, you can look into 90 degrees angled SATA cables, which might help in your case.
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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05-06-2011, 01:09 AM,
#9
RE: GPU too big?
Thanks for all of the suggestions.

I was poking around in a Lancool Dragonlord thread, and someone else used one of these in their PC-K62: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...e%20module

Think it might be a better idea? There's some cooling and if I wanted to add another HD down the road, I wouldn't have to worry about buying more brackets.

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05-06-2011, 01:12 AM,
#10
RE: GPU too big?
Sure, that'd work too, the extra cooling won't hurt and as long as you don't mind the Cooler Master logo on your LIAN-LI case, it's a good alternative to consider. Especially if you plan on adding another HD at some point down the road.
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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