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Mid-range graphics card won't fit in Thermaltake Lanbox!

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January 25, 2008 5:42:32 AM

I have a ThermalTake Lanbox, a case which is intended for gamers. I have a Sapphire X1950 Pro, which is not exactly the largest graphics card in the world. And I cannot get the two of them to fit together.

I don't mean that the back of the card collides with the HDD shelf or that the top stops the lid going back on, I mean that the front (where the DVI-I slots are) pushes against the back of the Lanbox and prevents the card from sliding neatly into the PCI-E x 16 slot.

Even if I remove the shield covering the DVI-I slots (the part that you're meant to screw on to the side of the case), the actual circuit board of the card still collides with part of the case and stops either the card from sliding in easily or from safely closing the case.

I just find it odd that a case that is meant to accomodate the largest graphics cards cannot accomodate this relatively small one.

Has anyone else had a problem like this? If you have a TT Lanbox, what graphics card do you use?
a b ) Power supply
January 25, 2008 6:11:32 AM

Have you tried unscrewing the motherboard? at least that way (so long as you're careful) you have a bit of lateral movement.
a b ) Power supply
a b U Graphics card
January 25, 2008 8:14:41 AM

Doesn't the MB tray slide out on that case? In other words, you assemble the tray, and then slide it all back into the box. From the pictures I saw on the TT website, it should work.
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January 25, 2008 2:45:12 PM

The tray does slide out, but the point is that the card pushes against the edge of it.

I can unscrew the motherboard and attach the card, but then I can't screw motherboard back on because it no longer aligns with the standoff mounters. Also the bottom of the case has a pin that is meant to slot into the motherboard, and this would push the motherboard up if not aligned properly.
January 25, 2008 6:32:51 PM

I'm not familiar with Thermaltake Lanbox, so forgive me if i'm wrong :) 

I had such problem installing my G80 into regular ATX. The holes for PCI cards in the case are separated by thin bars.Fixed it by knocking one of 'em out
January 25, 2008 6:50:29 PM

Is this the case?



If so, are we looking at perhaps the slots?



Just give the guys some visuals. Hard to say why it isn't fitting without seeing the MB in place.
January 27, 2008 9:20:16 PM

i read in a computer mag an article in which they put a 8800 ultra in this case i dont know if they needed to chop and change the case to fit the ultra in
January 28, 2008 5:14:14 PM

Here's the motherboard in place:

January 28, 2008 5:20:00 PM

Here's the graphics card



Trying to insert it method 1: graphics card will fit into the slot but then the front can't be pushed down



Trying to insert it method 2: Put the front in place but then it won't fit into the slot (look closely, it's resting on top of the pasrt of the PCI slot with the pin.



And lastly, removing the cover to the DVI ports. Will now go (almost fully) into the slot and go through the front but now the top of the card pushes against the case and stop it going in fully.

a b U Graphics card
January 28, 2008 5:32:13 PM

You probably want to RMA that case. I have had defective cases also.
a b U Graphics card
January 28, 2008 5:33:03 PM

uh, yeah, I see the problem- that's an AGP card that you're trying to plug into a PCI Express slot.

It's not going to work at all. It's designed not to fit. They are incompatible. Sorry, but to get a card that works with that slot, you'll need to sell off your old card and buy a new one.

Whatever you do, don't turn the computer on if you manage to get that card in there. In fact, unplug the power supply and take it out. Now.
January 28, 2008 5:45:58 PM

It says on the box it needs a PCI Express x 16 slot though....
January 28, 2008 5:51:40 PM

Ah, both cards have the same box.... Yes I can see why this may be a problem :p 

It's my first time building a PC, something was bound to go wrong....
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January 28, 2008 6:06:48 PM

DOH !
January 28, 2008 6:22:57 PM

I hope the card and mobo weren't somehow physically damaged in this endeavor. AGP card in PCI-E slot. Priceless.
January 28, 2008 7:19:30 PM

bliq said:
uh, yeah, I see the problem- that's an AGP card that you're trying to plug into a PCI Express slot.

It's not going to work at all. It's designed not to fit. They are incompatible. Sorry, but to get a card that works with that slot, you'll need to sell off your old card and buy a new one.

Whatever you do, don't turn the computer on if you manage to get that card in there. In fact, unplug the power supply and take it out. Now.




I was thinking the same thing homey!
January 28, 2008 8:44:02 PM

I was wondering in the TT lanbox can u fit a HD3870x2?
I think it says the card is 26~27 cm long, if you don't mind measuring for me, I would greatly appreciate it; As I plan on purchasing a TT lanbox pretty soon.
a b ) Power supply
a b U Graphics card
January 28, 2008 9:03:23 PM

Aww, it'll fit. You just need a metric hammer! :) 
January 28, 2008 11:19:25 PM

metric hammer? :lol: 

seriosuly does anybody knwo if a 3870x2 will fit inside a tt lanbox by any chance, the card is roughly 10.7 inches.

thank you in advance.
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a b ) Power supply
a b U Graphics card
May 10, 2009 8:57:58 PM

hi guys i had to mod my tt lan box to get the 8800gtx i dont have the original heatsing on got the zalman cooler on there all i had to do is move the harddrive tray over to the far right of the box it has 4 securing lips at the bottom mine is far enuff over where its held by only 2 of them that have give me 2 n a half inch place between the card and harddrive bay
May 11, 2009 7:53:58 AM

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hi guys i had to mod my tt lan box to get the 8800gtx i dont have the original heatsing on got the zalman cooler on there all i had to do is move the harddrive tray over to the far right of the box it has 4 securing lips at the bottom mine is far enuff over where its held by only 2 of them that have give me 2 n a half inch place between the card and harddrive bay


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