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SOLVED: Trying to cram a GTX 570 into an Antec 300

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So I want to upgrade from a single 6850 to a monstrous GTX 570 from Asus.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121432

Problem is, the card is 11.4" and my case supposedly only has the clearance for an 11" card.

My first thought was to simply notch out the HD tower to make up the extra 1/2" or so of space needed to fit 570. The more I think about it, though, the more I think that this idea is kind of going to end up looking like crap - no matter how neatly I do it I just think it's going to look funny and annoy the crap out of me for the once a month that I open the case to clean it.

I went on to thinking about simply drilling out the rivets for the HD tower and removing it completely. I have two free 5.25" bays that I will never use (I only need one combo drive in this PC) so I can get some $5 5.25" to 3.5" HD mounts and put my two Spinpoints in there. I figure I can mount an SSD when I get one to the 4 mounting holes already provided on the bottom of the case from Antec. If I need room for another I can attach it to the bottom of the 5.25" bays easily enough but I doubt I will ever install more than one SSD in this case. While I'm in there I figured I could drill some custom wire management holes (since I'll be losing the space to tie wires behind the HD tower) and also make a cut for easy access to the CPU cooler bracket.

I have hole saws, a dremel, and a jigsaw. I figured the hole saw, dremel, and a file should be all I need. I also have access to some j-channel I can use to keep the wires from chafing on the edges of the holes I'll be creating.

Maybe a coat of flat black paint on the interior to finish things off.. I'll think about a clear side panel when I get a new desk that I can actually keep the computer up high enough to see on - for now I'm just aiming for neat and clean on the inside, to fit a huge GPU, without spending much money at all.

Does anybody have a better suggestion, or think that this idea is good/bad and why?

I'm not buying a case, lol so don't suggest that. I'm very mechanically inclined, good with my hands, and have every bit of confidence that I can do this and do it well - I just figure a case modder on here might have some good suggestions.

Thanks!

Here is a painted Antec 300 with the HD tower removed. It does make the case slightly weaker but it is what it is, I don't sit on my case.
450

Here are the rivet locations for one side of the HD tower.
494

Here is a really quick/sloppy generalization of where things will be - obviously the holes will be symmetrical and whatnot but you get the idea I'm sure...
700

EDIT:
I also have another solution.. It's a 9" card from EVGA with twice the frame buffer for about $30 more... but I'm going to spend $30 easily modding my current case.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130687

EDIT AGAIN:

Decided on a 7870 that will fit fine and perform better with less power and less heat...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102983
Edited by FromUndaChz - 3/26/12 at 11:34pm
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I would just get the EVGA GTX 570 less work, time, and a 2-slot card, and EVGA new warranty looks pretty good.
Kpnamja
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Kpnamja
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Seagate 500GB & 2TB Samsung 830 LG Blu-ray Thermaltake Frio 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 64-bit Asus 23.6" & Dell 27" Ducky-9008 Brown Corsair HX750 
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NZXT Phantom Black/Orange RX-900 
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Originally Posted by kpnamja View Post

I would just get the EVGA GTX 570 less work, time, and a 2-slot card, and EVGA new warranty looks pretty good.

Thanks, I was thinking the same thing...

Actually decided on a 7870 instead.. better card for the same money and less power consumption which adds up over time - plus it will fit in my case as well.

I'm going to delete this thread, thanks though!
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