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June 21, 2010 6:23:27 AM

my parts
motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
processor i7 920
graphics card: http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-Superclocked-PCI-Express-Gra...
PSU: http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-CMPSU-750TX-750-Watt-Cert...
RAM: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001L4A76G/ref=oss_pro...
HDD: 2 of these: http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-7200RPM-Interna...
in raid 0
and one dvd rw (havent decided)

is the antec 900 (mid case) http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000I5JHB0/ref=ord_car...
too small for my build?
i read that the 470 gtx is huge

edit* how tight would the inside be?

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June 21, 2010 8:13:05 PM

the antec 900 is rather big case if you ever see it
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June 21, 2010 9:47:37 PM



It will fit, but it will be tight with that long of a GPU and multiple HDDs' worth of power cables and SATA cables coming from the drive cages. The Nine Hundred is a typical mid-tower ATX case and the HDD cages sit directly in front of the MB, so the cables interfere with very long GPUs (been there, done that.) I'd recommend a great big old full-tower case if you want to have plenty of room.
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June 21, 2010 11:15:58 PM

how tight would the inside be?
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June 21, 2010 11:52:02 PM

Its a bit snug but you might be able to do it. Just remember its only a mid-tower case and you can get a Coolermaster HAF 932 for the same price and it has a lot more features and is HUGE.
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June 22, 2010 12:31:11 AM

ptv999 said:
how tight would the inside be?


Tight enough to make it moderately difficult to work inside the case with the GPU in place but not too tight to prevent the GPU from fitting in the case. However, I admit I'm personally biased towards large cases with lots of room so it is easy to work inside the case.

In case you wonder what I consider "large," here's the case I got for my upcoming workstation build.*




The motherboard in the latter shot is an old micro-ATX Socket 370 board I put in there for reference, in case you are wondering. You won't need something quite that size to fit your GTX480, though :p 


*Unfortunately that build is a little bit away from happening due to lack of funds. A case like this was exactly what I was looking for and it took me several months of looking to find anything like it, so I snapped this guy up before the seller sold out. It should handle a nice SSI EEB/EATX or MEB/SWTX motherboard and a good-sized disk array just fine.
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June 27, 2010 4:00:29 PM

If you are not going to put more than 3 drives in the case, you will have room. Put the 3 drives in the lower bay, and remove the piece of black plastic from the top of the upper drive bay.

See the pictures in my case mod article.

Antec 900 case mods for cable management:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/264112-28-antec

Look where the PCI power cables loop. That's where that black plastic fan mount used to be.
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