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Geforce GTS 250 will not fit on Optiplex 330 mobo

My Geforce GTS 250 is too thick to fit on my Optiplex 330 mobo, the CPU heatsink/fan is in the way by about a 1/2 inch, even thought the mobo has a PCI-E slot. Additionally, I have a Core2Duo E4600 and would like to overclock it in the bios, which I cannot do with the OEM setup.

I have no experience with non-OEM motherboards. Does anyone know a cheap mobo that will fit my oversized GPU and allow me to overclock my CPU? Btw, I have upgraded the PSU to 620W. Thanks in advance
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    http://www.dell.com/downloads/global/products/optix/en/optix_330_techspecs.pdf

    (i assume it's the micro-atx and not the slim pc).
    You could ask a local computer store if the heatsink can be replaced by another type, so you can use your video card.
  2. computertech82 said:
    http://www.dell.com/downloads/global/products/optix/en/optix_330_techspecs.pdf

    (i assume it's the micro-atx and not the slim pc).
    You could ask a local computer store if the heatsink can be replaced by another type, so you can use your video card.

    Thanks for responding. Yeah, it's the micro-atx,glad you pointed that out. I could probably get most any full sized atx that works with Core2Duo and be good. Yesterday, I helped a friend put a liquid cooling system on his cpu and saw how small it was, maybe that would work, too.

    Edit: Ok, I think I got it. I'm searching ATX motherboard PCI Express ddr2 socket LGA775 and finding lots of cheap boards I think will work.
  3. Ok, I got a little creative and hacked my heatsink, heatsink housing and chassis with a hacksaw. The heatsink is only connected to the motherboard by three screws now, but I got the graphics card fit and it's working great. I am monitoring the temp with SpeedFan and while using a web browser I'm getting 27C temps on each core. So I guess I just need to figure out how to overclock the OEM system, but for now I'm happy. Cheers
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