Has anyone had any luck fitting an Asus 7850 DC2 in an Antec P180 case? I'm trying to upgrade from a 5770, but the 7850 is too long. The hard drive cage is in the way. Am I screwed? If I get a new case, any thoughts on this Lian Li:
That is a little to expensive I must say, I recommend something like NZXT Switch 810( I am using it so a little bias here) but it is great! Good air cooling, huge space for future uprgades too. You won't go wrong with the CM Haf 932, CM Storm trooper, Phantom 410.
I think the problem with the 7850 ASUS Direct CU II is that the heatsink / fan extends a good ways beyond the PCB.
You may want to try a HAF 922. See the picture of my PC below. My ASUS HD 6870 Direct CU is 11" inches long with the cables wrapped around the end. As you can see I have plenty of clearance between the card and the harddrive cage.
The HAF 922 is classified as a Mid-Tower but it has a Full Tower Sized interior. If you get a good sale you can find these cases for about $80 to $90. I got mine for $84.99 and free shipping a few years ago.
Thanks, guys. I think I'll go with the Antec P280. My P180 has served me well for 5 years and I like the P280's roominess.
One other question: is it worth replacing the stock fans with 3 Noctua NF-P12s? I'd like to keep things quiet, but my living room has lots of windows and can get pretty warm (especially in the summer), so I don't want to neglect cooling. Thoughts?
I've personnally full all the fans slot with antec 2 cool on "low" settings and it's really silent and that keep airflow and nothing is overheating at all !!! see my config in signature, i think you'll be ok and Antec 2 cool are way cheaper than Noctua fans...
i also did put RGB led strips in the front fan filter area and under the case so it's looking awesome, fits my G510 and my CM storm Sentinel and i can choose any color for all of them ^^