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January 15, 2012 9:58:25 PM

Hey all, I'd really appreciate some advice.

I've recently just purchased all the parts to make my first build. Exciting for me! I don't know why, but with the parts coming tomorrow or Tuesday, I suddenly had an urge to look over everything again. Well, it turns out that I had good reason to.

Case:
NZXT Gamma
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo:
GIGABYTE GA-990XA-UD3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU:
GIGABYTE GV-R695OC-1GD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

So here's my issue. Upon looking at it again, the GPU is 11.4" long. The case, states that it supports large cards, over 10 inches long. I don't know why, but I read that as 12 inches long several times (mind playing tricks? Maybe...). Either way, it never states the exact internal dimensions of it all. I've been chatting with some guy on YouTube after watching a video where he had a 12 inch 5970 that just barely (and I mean barely) fit. That put me at ease a bit, but I'd like a second opinion. Can anyone confirm or deny that this will or will not work? Thanks again guys, please put my heart at ease!

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January 15, 2012 10:12:13 PM

Even if it won't fit, with buying the parts from Newegg, it is very easy to return the items and exchange for something that would work better.
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January 15, 2012 10:12:56 PM

The case dimensions are 20.00" x 7.48" x 17.68". You should be fine. Those 3 fan designs are long...but I think it should fit. If not - and I could be wrong here - I think I've read that sometimes a small piece of the casing can be removed to shorten it.
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January 15, 2012 10:23:30 PM

Thanks for the replies guys. I think it's going to fit, but it's probably going to be a photo finish! I know this isn't the most scientific approach, but I took 20 and found out that 60% of that is 12 inches. Then I took a screen shot of the Gamma opened up, and cropped it down to just the case (included the zig zag cover on the front in case that was included in their dimensions). From there, I went into paint and cut the width down to 60% and it looks like it might fit...HA!

I'd love to hear from someone with a gamma or if they would be willing to measure from the back of the case to the bays and give me the actual internal dimensions.
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January 15, 2012 10:27:40 PM

big papa blood said:
Thanks for the replies guys. I think it's going to fit, but it's probably going to be a photo finish! I know this isn't the most scientific approach, but I took 20 and found out that 60% of that is 12 inches. Then I took a screen shot of the Gamma opened up, and cropped it down to just the case (included the zig zag cover on the front in case that was included in their dimensions). From there, I went into paint and cut the width down to 60% and it looks like it might fit...HA!

I'd love to hear from someone with a gamma or if they would be willing to measure from the back of the case to the bays and give me the actual internal dimensions.


Haha...very macgyver. Hope it works. Good luck.
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January 15, 2012 10:28:13 PM

By the way, this is one of the videos that I was referring to:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_yI8L2SxnQ&feature=plcp...

The card he's using is 12 inches long and appears that it would work. Let me ask you this; Does the mobo determine which PCI slot you hit on the back of the case, or is it pretty uniform? Reason I ask is that his appears to hit a place that allows the card to fit where the smaller floppy drives would go. Since I'm getting a different mobo, is it a possibility that mine would sit higher or lower than his?
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January 15, 2012 10:37:23 PM

Your motherboard has 3 pcie slots, unfortunately, the top most is the pcie x1 slot. You could probably put the card in the middle PCIe slot and be ok, just depends on how the mobo fits the chassis.
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January 15, 2012 10:42:22 PM

jeremyp1979 said:
Your motherboard has 3 pcie slots, unfortunately, the top most is the pcie x1 slot. You could probably put the card in the middle PCIe slot and be ok, just depends on how the mobo fits the chassis.


Don't most motherboards say that you need to use a specific PCIE slot unless you're running SLI?
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January 15, 2012 11:03:43 PM

big papa blood said:
Don't most motherboards say that you need to use a specific PCIE slot unless you're running SLI?


This is true, and while i know high end cards don't use the full capabilities of PCIe 2.0, the PCIe 1 slot might slow it down some. This is just conjecture on my part, as I really don't know, but the 6950 could be held back by being in a pcie 1 slot.
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January 15, 2012 11:32:40 PM

Thanks for the info. I'd still love to hear from someone who has a gamma and could measure for me. I guess it doesn't really matter in the long run, as the case is coming and I'm going to try either way :D 
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January 15, 2012 11:49:41 PM

Well, here is some good news:

A guy on a forum I'm a part of said that he's got a gamma with a 10.5 inch card and there is room to spare, so I should be cool. He posted pics and it looks A-OK.

Thanks for the info everyone.
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January 15, 2012 11:50:24 PM

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