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5870 Case Size Issue!!!! Slight overlook...

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by daz87uk, 10 Oct 2009.

  1. daz87uk

    Hitman

    Joined: 30 Nov 2008

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    Location: Newquay

    Hi, I know there is a tonne of threads atm based around the 5870, but has anyone wanting to upgrade to this card been faced with the fact your mid-range case is just too damn small :(

    Well I have. Ive been waiting ages for the release of this card, I can hang on for a month or so till they sort the stock out but then I came to the sudden conclusion and grabbed my ruler. It wasnt good, my thermaltake Mid range case is Half an Inch too small. Half an inch of harddrive bay is in the way and there is nout I can do about it, apart from buy a new case :(

    ~~~Headbanging~~~
     
  2. Deific

    Mobster

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    Location: Cheshire

    which case
     
  3. AWBbox

    Hitman

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  4. Hades

    Caporegime

    Joined: 19 Oct 2002

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    Location: Surrey

    Can you remove part of the hdd bay even if you have to cut it? If that leaves you with no hdd bays then you could consider an adapter to put them in the 5.25" bays instead.
     
  5. LoadsaMoney

    Caporegime

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    Wait for the Sapphire Vapor-X like me, looks an inch or 2 shorter than the reference. :)
     
  6. daz87uk

    Hitman

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    Location: Newquay

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    thats the same design I have ^^ and I will have 4 harddrives soon
     
  7. MoRT489

    Soldato

    Joined: 21 Aug 2006

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    5850 is a little shorter if that is any help to u and u save £100...
     
  8. daz87uk

    Hitman

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    Location: Newquay

    yeah would still be a pain as the power connectors would be at the end lol still leaving me with the whole harddrive space issue :/
     
  9. MoRT489

    Soldato

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    d'oh ><
     
  10. anti5580

    Gangster

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    It looks like you can take the HDD caddy out, remove that and install one of these at the top with your 4 HDD's. It should leave you one slot free at the top for a DVD drive.
     
  11. daz87uk

    Hitman

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    Location: Newquay

  12. RizlaKing

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 14 Jan 2008

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    Location: UK

    Have the same case as you and i removed my hdd cage and installed them into the dvd bays using these http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HS-051-AK&groupid=701&catid=14&subcat=72 due to the heatsinks temps were not noticibly different then before and removing the hdd cage allows the front intake fan to blow cool air unobstructed onto the gfx card . I only had two drives so not a problem but you might struggle a bit if you want a dvd drive maybe move two into the dvd bays and one in the cage directly above the hdd cage so you still have somewhere to tuck unneeded cables if you don't have a modular psu. Once you've done that you'll actually have enough room for a 5870X2 if you want :).
     
  13. daz87uk

    Hitman

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    Cheers :D I have a modular psu so its ok cable tidy wise, Im looking at putting a fan tho behind the drives as it helps reduce the temperature a lot I noticed. hmm decisions :D

    Thanks all.
     
  14. r0cky

    Hitman

    Joined: 18 Sep 2007

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    Location: London, England

    Looks like ThermalTake Tsunami Dream type case. I used to have one, it was the worst case I've ever had. Terribly wobbly thin aluminium, no noise reduction, inadequate ventilation, cramped with poor space.

    I chucked it out, tried another case, but then settled on the Antec P182. Only downside with P182 is lower HDD bay fan interferes with cables, the Antec P183 looks near perfection. But I'm very very happy with my P182, and there's loads of space to fit very long graphics cards (IF you don't use the upper HDD bay).
     
  15. AgedIdiot

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 31 Oct 2007

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    Location: Gods County(Allegedly)

    I know it's expensive but ,after the monitor/keyboard /mouse it's the computer bit you look at the most so why not buy a new bigger case - you know you want to :D

    Got myself a HAF a few months ago - thoroughly enjoyed the uninstallout of old case/reinstall in new case work.

    No issues with any (so far as I know) hardware not fitting. Cable tidy is easy. The big fans keep the inside cool but noise levels are more than acceptable.

    Only downsides are the fact that there are no filters so good idea to clean once every coupla weeks or so and it's heavy.

    Got to say that I do like the look of the case - although others do not like it.
     
  16. steve258

    Soldato

    Joined: 3 Jan 2006

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    but another £10-£20 will get you a pretty decent case like the akasa zen, coolermaster elite 335 or the antec 300, all of which can fit the 5870 perfectly. so unless there are other reasons I'd be looking at one of those tbh, should give you better cooling as well.
     
  17. beefybarn

    Mobster

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    Lets be honest, that case is old, treat yourself to a nice new shiny case :D
     
  18. daz87uk

    Hitman

    Joined: 30 Nov 2008

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    Location: Newquay

    I know a new case would be sweet, I do like rebuilds :D, And I know how good the Coolermaster cases are as well. Built my Gf the 330 last year the thing hasnt a spot of dust inside, and is well ventilated with the mesh front. oooo really bugs me that I spent like £75 on the thermaltake case not 12month ago :/ I know its not the best after building my gfs but its like a kick in the nut sack.
     
  19. D13

    Hitman

    Joined: 4 Oct 2008

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    that case would not fit a 5850? are you absolute 100% on that?
     
  20. daz87uk

    Hitman

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    Location: Newquay

    it would fit a 5850 in if I spaced the drives out around the power cord, but it would stil be tight. my x1900xt only fitted because i placed a drive each side of the card :D

    Plus I really want the 5870 :D