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Which tower size can I install a large PCI Express Graphics Card in?

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February 17, 2009 8:18:47 PM

I own the following parts:

  • ASUS P6T Deluxe LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor
  • OCZ XMP Ready Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
  • BFG - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 OC 1GB GDDR3 PCI Express Graphics Card
  • BFG - GS-550 Power Supply

    I have not picked a case out yet, the BFG graphics card is large - can I fit these components in a ATX Mid Tower type?

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    February 17, 2009 8:31:37 PM

    you can squeeze larger gpus into medium towers, but for optimal airflow and cooling you will want to use a full tower. especially for a system with components like yours, cooling will be important.

    if you are set on a medium case, check out the Antec P180, or the Antec 900.


    also, you might want consider a better PSU than the one you suggested, the GTX285 needs 46A on the 12v rail, the one you chose has dual 18A rails, which would only give you 36A maximum on the 12v rail. Take a look at the PC&Power and cooling 750w PSU
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    February 17, 2009 8:34:20 PM

    pinaplex what on earth are you talking about?
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    February 17, 2009 8:45:01 PM

    Foolycooly, pinaplex - thank you both. I will take a look at the case and strongly consider the better PSU.
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    February 18, 2009 12:52:39 AM

    750W is overkill. The recommendation is inflated to account for crap PSUs. But I would recommend a better PSU, Corsair VX550.
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