Cases for Radeon 5970

This is not a question, but advice to help system builders asking the same question that I was, and a follow-up to a previous thread I started (that I now can't find anywhere). I had purchased a Radeon 5970 along with my case of choice, to find that the card didn't actually fit in the case. Not even close. After some research and THG posts, I learned that there are actually a lot of cases that won't accommodate this card, and just a few that will. I got in touch with a dozen or so of the major case manufacturers to find out which cases will accommodate a 12"/300mm Radeon 5970 and will list my findings in the next post. I will list the name of each case, followed by a couple of links (one to the product page on the manufacturer site and another to a decent res image I can find in Google image search, if better than the one on the product page), and finally the price you can expect to pay in GBP. Sorry for the lack of USD, but it seems all Americans have to do is run a quick search on Newegg, so not that difficult :-)
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  1. XClio Windtunnel
    http://www.xclio.com/products/case-windtunnel.htm#details
    £55

    NZXT Hades
    http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u90693/NZXT-Hades-beauty_full.jpg
    http://nzxt.com/new/product_detail.php?series_name=Crafted+Series&series=2&id=45
    £55

    NZXT Hush
    http://www.technic3d.com/news/images/News_Bilder_Caseking/hush.black.jpg
    http://nzxt.com/new/product_detail.php?series_name=Classic+Series&series=1&id=17
    £65

    NZXT Tempest EVO
    http://www.pcdropship.com/images/img/nzxttevo001bk.jpg
    http://www.nzxt.com/new/product_detail.php?series_name=Crafted+Series&series=2&id=43
    £75

    NZXT Khaos
    http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u16580/NZXTrevB_dm.jpg
    http://www.nzxt.com/new/product_detail.php?series_name=Aluminum+Chassis&series=10&id=26
    £255

    NZXT Whisper
    http://www.appinformatica.com/imf/torres-nzxt-whisper---silencio-total-1g.jpg
    http://www.nzxt.com/new/product_detail.php?series_name=Classic+Series&series=1&id=30
    £90

    Thermaltake Eureka
    http://localstore.com.ar/catalog/images/eureka.jpg
    http://uk.thermaltake.eu/product_overview.aspx?PARENT_CID=C_00000039
    £60

    Coolermaster HAF 922
    http://store.9289.com.au/images/haf922.jpg
    http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6606
    £75

    Coolermaster HAF 932
    http://195.69.74.103/shop/images/HAF932-5.jpg
    http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=5363
    £110

    Coolermaster Storm Sniper
    http://www.iloprix.com/media/product/large/1/5/9/61668951.jpg
    http://www.cmstorm.com/en/products/chassis/sniperblackmesh
    £115

    Antec 900
    http://70.88.117.155/mma2kpc/IMAGES/antec900.jpg
    http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/product.php?id=MTEyOQ==
    £65

    Antec 902
    https://www.uberclok.com/store/images/P/antec902-1-01.jpg
    http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/product.php?id=MTcyOA==
    £90

    Antec 1200
    http://www.greenlyph.com/new/images/1200.jpg
    http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/product.php?id=MTEzMw==
    £110

    Antec P183
    http://www.greenlyph.com/new/images/P183_quarter.jpg
    http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/product.php?id=MTgyMw==
    £90

    Antec P193
    http://www.dvhardware.net/news/antec_p193.jpg
    http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/product.php?id=MTgyNQ==
    £115

    Lian Li PC-X900
    http://lian-li.com/v2/tw/product/upload/image/pc-x900/x900-35.jpg
    http://www.lian-li.com/v2/en/product/product06.php?pr_index=500&cl_index=1&sc_index=25&ss_index=62
    £400 (or £460 for red anodised finish)

    Lian Li PC-A77F
    http://lian-li.com/v2/tw/product/upload/image/pc-a77f/a77f-05.jpg
    http://www.lian-li.com/v2/en/product/product06.php?pr_index=478&cl_index=1&sc_index=25&ss_index=61
    £250

    Lian Li PC-X2000F
    http://www.lian-li.com/v2/en/product/product06.php?pr_index=524&cl_index=1&sc_index=25&ss_index=61
    £?

    Lian Li PC-7BYCF
    http://www.lian-li.com/v2/en/product/product06.php?pr_index=214&cl_index=1&sc_index=25&ss_index=62
    £?

    Azza Solano 1000R
    http://www.topreviewshop.com/graphics/azza_solano_1000r_front.jpg
    http://www.azzausa.com/Product-Case-Solano1000.asp
    I don't think this is available in the UK... $110 on Amazon

    Enermax Uber Chakra
    http://i.testfreaks.co.uk/images/products/600x400/114/enermax-cs-035s-eca5001bs-uber-chakra.1178994.jpg
    http://www.enermax.co.uk/produkte/cases/bigchakra.html
    £60

    Thermaltake Xaser VI
    http://www.arxvaldex.com/shop/images/Thermaltake%20Xaser%20VI.jpg
    http://uk.thermaltake.eu/product_overview.aspx?PARENT_CID=C_00000183
    http://uk.thermaltake.eu/product_overview.aspx?PARENT_CID=C_00000028
    £90 (MX you can pick up for £45 but not sure if it'll fit it)

    Akasa Infiniti
    http://akasa.co.uk/update.php?tpl=product/product.detail.tpl&no=181&type=Chassis&type_sub=Full%20ATX&model=AK-BKINF-01
    £80

    Akasa Omega
    http://akasa.co.uk/update.php?tpl=product/product.detail.tpl&no=181&type=Chassis&type_sub=Full%20ATX&model=AK-BKCSE-05
    135

    Silverstone Raven RV01
    http://dl.maximumpc.com/galleries/towersofpower/raven1.jpg
    http://www.silverstonetek.com/raven/products/index.php?model=RV01&area=usa
    £140

    Silverstone Raven RV02
    http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u90693/silverstoneExt-full.jpg
    http://www.silverstonetek.com/raven/products/index.php?model=RV02&area=usa
    £100

    Silverstone Precision PS02
    http://static.scan.co.uk/Images/Products/943055-a.jpg
    http://www.silverstonetek.com/products/p_contents.php?pno=PS02&area=usa
    £40

    Silverstone Precision PS03
    http://www.silverstonetek.com/products/p_contents.php?pno=PS03&area=usa
    £40

    Silverstone Precision PS04
    http://prohardver.hu/dl/cnt/2010-03/58475/kopya_silverstone_precision_ps05_01.jpg
    £?

    Silverstone Temjin TJ09
    http://img.tomshardware.com/us/2008/03/26/system_builder_marathon/silverstone_tj09_profile.jpg
    http://www.silverstonetek.com/products/p_contents.php?pno=tj09&area=usa
    £160

    Silverstone Temjin TJ10
    http://silverstonetek.com/images/products/tj10/tj10b-3-4view.jpg
    http://www.silverstonetek.com/products/p_contents.php?pno=tj10&area=usa
    £190

    Silverstone Grandia GD02
    http://www.silverstonetek.com/products/p_contents.php?pno=gd02&area=usa
    £100

    Silverstone Crown CW02
    http://www.productreview.com.au/uploads/images/items/106225_silverstone_crown_cw02.jpg
    http://www.silverstonetek.com/products/p_contents.php?pno=cw02&area=usa
    £300

    Silverstone Sugo SG01
    http://img.tomshardware.com/us/2005/07/20/silverstone_sugo_sg01_is_stylish_flexibility/silverstone_sg01-black.jpg
    http://www.silverstonetek.com/products/p_contents.php?pno=sg01&area=usa
    £65

    Silverstone Sugo SG02-F
    http://www.avgs.gresouth.com/images/SST-SG02B-F.JPG
    http://www.silverstonetek.com/products/p_contents.php?pno=SG02-F&area=usa
    £?

    Silverstone Sugo SG07
    http://www.legitreviews.com/images/reviews/1180/sg07front.jpg
    £?

    Silverstone Fortress FT02
    http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u90693/Silverstone-beauty_full.jpg
    http://www.silverstonetek.com/products/p_contents.php?pno=FT02&area=usa
    £180

    Silverstone Fortress FT02B-W
    http://static.scan.co.uk/Images/Products/1119867-a.jpg
    http://www.silverstonetek.com/products/p_contents.php?pno=FT02&area=usa
    £180

    Silverstone Fortress FT01 (with removal of secondary HDD cage)
    http://www.silverstonetek.com/products/p_contents.php?pno=FT01&area=usa
    £130

    Silverstone Lascala LC13-E (with removal of secondary HDD cage)
    http://www.alphacity.co.nz/images/components/LC13-E-3-4.jpg
    http://www.silverstonetek.com/products/p_contents.php?pno=LC13-E&area=usa
    £80

    Silverstone Lascala LC17 (with removal of secondary HDD cage)
    http://www.overclockers.co.nz/product/case/silverstone/LC17B-B.jpg
    http://www.silverstonetek.com/products/p_contents.php?pno=lc17&area=usa
    £70

    Silverstone Lascala LC20 (with removal of only HDD cage)
    http://www.sangarcomputer.com/images/LC20.1sc1.jpg
    http://www.silverstonetek.com/products/p_contents.php?pno=lc20&area=usa
    £80

    Silverstone Crown CW03 (with removal of only HDD cage)
    http://www.sangarcomputer.com/images/cw031.jpg
    http://www.silverstonetek.com/products/p_contents.php?pno=cw03&area=usa
    £520

    Silverstone Grandia GD03 (with removal of only HDD cage)
    http://images.bit-tech.net/content_images/2010/01/silverstone-grandia-gd03-review/3.jpg
    http://www.silverstonetek.com/products/p_contents.php?pno=GD03&area=usa
    £150

    Silverstone Sugo SG01-E (with removal of only HDD cage)
    £?

    Silverstone Sugo SG02 (with removal of only HDD cage)
    http://www.silverstonetek.com/products/p_contents.php?pno=sg02&area=usa
    £45

    (Crown, Grandia and Lascala are horizontal style)

    Corsair Obsidian 700D
    http://blog.corsair.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/700D_top-angled.png
    http://www.corsair.com/products/700d/default.aspx
    £190

    Corsair Obsidian 800D
    http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/wp-content/uploads/corsair-obsidian-800d.jpg
    http://www.corsair.com/products/800d/default.aspx
    £210
  2. This list is not exhaustive. Some manufacturers did not respond (yeah I'm looking at you, Thermaltake), but should provide you with a pretty decent selection of cases to choose from, across a range of price points. Some may also be discontinued... looks like Thermaltake maybe did receive the email, because their cases section has been rearranged, quite a few moved to the Discontinued section (including the Eureka).

    Reason there are so many Silverstone cases is that they were helpful enough to send me a spreadsheet including most (not all) of their cases with what size cards will fit by default, what needs to be moved or removed to make more space (where applicable), and how much space you'll have to play with when that is removed. If you'd like a copy of the .xls, feel free to PM me (or you could just email Silverstone).

    For anyone new to building computers (and to THG, Anandtech etc), the Antec 900, 902 and 1200, as well as the Coolermaster HAF 922 and HAF 932 are very highly regarded.

    Special thanks to those who helped me out in that original thread (wherever it is), especially to THG bearded guy. Can't remember your username, but the case fits the card like a glove and looks awesome :-D Nice one mate.
  3. nice post but it is only good for people who can actually AFORD to buy a 5970 not just all the people who want it. lol
  4. samdsox said:
    nice post but it is only good for people who can actually AFORD to buy a 5970 not just all the people who want it. lol


    If you only want a 5970 and won't actually buy one, you don't need this list anyway :-) You can buy pretty much any case you want with smaller cards! Far as I know, other than the 5970 at 12", only other card currently out there above 10.5" is the 5870 at 11". I can also post a few more Silverstone models for additional options that will accommodate a 5870, but not a 5970.
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