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January 26, 2010 9:44:59 PM

At one point in my PC building past I ran into a problem seating a higher end video card into a lower end mother board due to a capacitor overlap or some such. The thing simply would not fit and I had to settle for a lesser card.

This concerns me currently as I'm finally due for an upgrade. Anyone know if I'll run into problems?

If there's a superior mobo without increasing the price too much (50% is too much) then I'm open to suggestions.


Hopeful video cards. I haven't decided just HOW MUCH I'm willing to spend:

SAPPHIRE 100281SR Radeon HD 5870

SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850

SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770

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January 26, 2010 11:16:54 PM

I think this used to be a problem quite awhile ago. You should be safe. There are some caps near the PCIe slot, but they are lower then the sink on the MCH(? the old southbridge, whatever intel calls that now.) All the cards you listed have a shroud on them, so they are the same height across the board. Which to get depends on your screen resolution and budget.

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January 26, 2010 11:29:28 PM

You should be fine as far as the motherboard goes but depending on your case a card like the 5870 with it being almost 11" long can be a problem.

The only interference problems I have seen with regards to video cards and motherboards is some have the Ram slots so close that to operate the retaining latches the card has to be removed, even tho with the way the one you picked is setup that is not a problem.
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January 27, 2010 1:01:53 AM

It still happens a fair bit when you SLI/Crossfire cards, but almost never for cards in the first/primary slot.

Best thing to do is to read reviews on newegg and look for someone with a similar setup to what you want.
January 27, 2010 1:02:34 AM

The MB shouldn't cause any problems. It has been years since I have seen actual problems with clearance issues other than a tight fit to ram slots and some multi card setups with sata connectors (reason why many have them horizontal) with cables attached which could be a problem on that board if you got a second card. Really the main problems with the fitting of video cards now is mostly length related.
January 27, 2010 6:21:18 AM

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