I have an hp pavilion elite m9077c http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/documentSubCategory?... . According to the specs, the motherboard is 9.6"x9.6". I'm looking for a new video card and having been looking at both ati and nvidia. Specifically, I've looked at the 5750, 5770, and gts 250; however, I can't find any info on how big these cards are. I've read posts saying that most newer, more powerful cards can run between 9" up to 10.5" or even 11" in length. Does anyone know how long these cards are. Even pointing me to a site that lists cards like these and their lengths, in one database would be great.
Here are the links for the 3 cards I've been looking at:
Any help would be greatly appreciated cuz I'm looking to make a decision today. I also know I will have to get a new PSU, so I have that covered. Also, if these cards are too big, any suggestions on a card which would fit nicely in my case without restricting airflow? Thanks
Well, the HD5770 and HD5750 are new cards and no matter what brand they should all be using the reference PCB so they should all be the same length. The different fan/heatsinks could extend the cards length slightly but not much. From what I'm reading from multiple reviews the HD5750 is quite short, close to 7 inches. The HD5770 is slightly over 8 inches.
The default length for the GTS 250 appears to be 9 inches but that may vary more as the card has been around long enough that some manufacturers may be using custom PCBs.
The 4890 is about 1/4 inch longer than the width of the micro atx motherboard, as you can see it fits snuggly inside my similar coolermaster mid tower case, no space in between the edge of the 4890 and my hard discs so I had to put the hard drives lower than the 4890.