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Short Quiet case housing Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD4 and GeForce GTX 580

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September 29, 2011 10:53:47 PM


Are there quiet short (height) computer cases (less than 16”) that can support Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD4 motherboard AND GeForce GTX 580 And is quiet And not overheat?

Or what is the shortest case I can use?

a c 147 ) Power supply
September 30, 2011 12:05:50 AM

How wedded are you to a full ATX motherboard?

I have A GTX580 in a Silverstone TJ-08E case which fits the bill.
The 180mm fan is very quiet, and the case is only 14.5" tall.
I bought it because I needed a short case(front to back). It is 15" deep.

September 30, 2011 12:40:16 AM

Not necessarily wedded to a full ATX motherboard.

This response is one of those "I was told" replies. Please confirm if the following is correct or amend as to what would work.

Also not wedded to 16GB of memory.

Was told - that the EVGA 015-P3-1580-TR GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB GDDR5 384bit PCIE 2.0 SLI Support Video Card does not fit onto a Micro ATX motherboard. Unfortunately I do not know if that statement is correct.

If the EVGA 015-P3-1580-TR GeForce GTX 580 does fit on a Micro ATX motherboard, what are your thoughts on a mother board with reasonable power and features similar to the Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD4, with 16GB memory (4 banks)?
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a c 147 ) Power supply
September 30, 2011 1:31:14 AM

I think you were told wrong.

Here is the GTX580 I have:
EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580
For what it is worth, the AR suffix is lifetime warranty, the TR is 2 years.

The motherboard I used is the ASUS P8P67-M PRO (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67
I was an early adopter, ant it was the only P67 M-ATX motherboard out at the time. It supports sli, but cooling will be an issue with the two cards necessarily next to each other.
Moot point since I have no need for sli.
The motherboard has been superceeded by a couple of new ones. Z68 based.
The ASUS P8Z68-M Pro looks good @$129:

The ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z is the current equivalent @$169:

Regardless, you can expect any pci-e graphics card to fit any motherboard with a X16 pci-e slot. It is a standard.
What you might find, is that many M-ATX cases can not hold a long graphics card. The GTX580 is, I believe 10.5" long

As to how much ram, the norm is a 8gb kit of 2 x 4gb of DDR3-1333 or 1600.
If you run 64 bit enabled apps that can make use of lots of ram, like photoshop, then 16gb kit is ok.
Why not? Ram seems so cheap today. Just don't pay much extra for faster speeds or fancy heat spreaders that are not needed.
October 7, 2011 12:10:00 AM

Best answer selected by rg01.