Originally Posted by aragok
you're right ... but why make that hole so wrong in the case?
you think that if i put this vga in the case is ok or i must do a hole so you have done?
if i use the itek diamond7?
The hole is probably for an 80mm fan, similar to the one in the opposite corner/side. It would help provide front-to-back airflow in the case.
I absolutely think the card will be fine in the case. Even when I didn't have my hole drilled, the card had no problems. It would get hot, sure... but more importantly it was loud. If it was only getting hot, and not so loud, I probably would've been fine with not drilling the hole.
The Itek Diamond 7 case looks pretty good, and it's VGA cooling solution is considerably more ideal. You could probably even fit a two-slot card in there, which means you would have a larger range of choices to choose room, possibly even a passive card like this one from HIS
Originally Posted by meph365
I am looking to make a Haswell build using the FC8 Evo case.
It appears that the following motherboards are incompatible due to the CPU socket being in the top half of the board:
EVGA Z87 Stinger
However I have found two boards where the CPU is located in the bottom half of the board:
I would be very grateful if anyone could help me take a look at the layout of these two motherboards and confirm whether they would likely be compatible? I am particularly interested in the Gigabyte Z87N-WiFi as it is already in stock locally.
I mocked up an image to show you how the Gigabyte might look in this case. It appears like it would work very well.. possibly a better fit than my ASRock Z77E-ITX even. The only thing I 'might be concerned about is the placement of the 24-pin power connector. If the pico-PSU is too high to where it touches the heatpipes, you might need to get an extension cable
to move it out of the way.
You are correct in thinking that the other boards would not work because of socket placement. The heatpipes are simply too long to support the socket so close to the wall like that. I suppose some creative (and extremely careful) bending of the pipes might allow them to work, but you would have to really want one of those boards... and/or really want passive cooling.