I'm not sure if I'm understanding you right or not, but the fan goes down (into an unoccupied slot), not up (into your non existent slot).
Really? If so, this is quite possibly the stupidest question in Tom's hardware history. Perhaps it is just the image of the 7870 that is throwing me off? It shows the bracket with the fans above the hdmi, dvi etc slots. http://www.pixmania.ie/ie/uk/12699023/art/his/radeon-hd-7870-iceq-turbo.html
Are the pins on the right of this bracket (with the fan pointing up) if so it should fit ok right?
I have the space length/width wise, would there be any other reason this card might be a problem?
Thanks for your time