Noob question regarding GPU and Case

Hey, wondering if I can get some help from people more in the know than me.

I kinda get some things about PCs but not an expert by a long shot.

So, in 2010 I got a gaming PC, here are the contents

CPU - AMD Phenom II x4 955 (4 core, 2.3gig)
GPU - ATI Radeon HD5700 Series
Ram - 4 Gig
Motherboard - MSI 770-C45 (AMD 770) AM3
750Gig Memory

This is in a tornado case, made by Raidmax. It has a fan at the front, as well as a fan at the side and one at the back.

Now, I am looking to upgrade all the core bits really, for gaming for a while to come and have got the following list of components Im looking to get:

Windows 8

Asus M5A97 Evo R2.0 AMD 970 AM3+ Motherboard

AMD FX 8350 Black Edition 8 Core Processor 4.00GHz Piledriver Socket AM3+
Arctic Cooling Freezer A30 CPU Cooler for AMD Processors

Corsair Memory Vengeance Blue 8GB DDR3 1866 MHz CAS 9-10-9-27 Dual Channel Desktop


I was going to get Gigabyte Radeon R9 270X OC WINDFORCE 4GB AMD PCI Express Graphics Card (£180ish), however, I have since looked at the size of it. At 27cm in length it wont fit in my case, my current GPU is around 20cm, and there is space for maybe 25cm.

So, my question is this. Can anyone recommend a good GPU that will fit, and is around the same price or less the one I was originally thinking of? Or am I better getting a larger case and sticking with the R9 270X?

Any advice is welcome.

Thanks in advance,
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  1. Best answer
    Just get a different version of the 270X with 2GB ram! Another and more powerful option is GTX760!
  2. rolli59 said:
    Just get a different version of the 270X with 2GB ram! Another and more powerful option is GTX760!

    So, for example 2GB SAPPHIRE AMD R9 270X OC, that would be good. I really am a noob with this sorta thing.
  3. 2 things: 1. dont get the 4gb version, that is only for using multiple monitors or crossfire. 2. it will still fit, all you have to do is remove 1 or 2 drive bays.
  4. yes, that is a good card.
  5. The first solution I would try is look at different models of the r9 270 to see if they are smaller.
    This is a big possibility because different models have different cooling setups (which adds a majority of the size to the card)
  6. Danbuscus25 said:
    yes, that is a good card.

    Ah right, many thanks for the advice.
  7. or get a different version of the card that is shorter.
  8. Yes Sapphire is a good choice the biggest producer of AMD cards.
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