I'm deciding on components for a system with no moving parts. The CPU heatsink is going to have to be ginormous, and I'm afraid it might block the first 1 or 2 PCI slots for most motherboards. This would be a big problem for the video card I'm hoping to cram in there.
My question: Should I be able to install the PCIE 3.0 video card in any of the lower slots without issues?
I hope I haven't re-asked this question- I did do some googling, and looked at a couple of motherboard manuals but wasn't able to get a solid answer- I figured some of you probably know off the top of your head and can help steer me in the right direction!
For anyone else looking, the Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H will work- like cin19 said, it seems to depend on the motherboard. From quick research, it looks like there will be only a slight performance hit from installing a card into the x8 slot instead of the x16 slot, but it isn't significant.