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Hi, so I picked up a trashed Gateway 7200x desktop PC. and I decided to do some cryptomining with it. I pulled out my 6970 and bam, the PCIE ports are on backwards. At first I thought it was just interesting and just decided to go along with it. Then the next problem is, the graphics card does not fit because it goes over the CPU cooler. the PCIE port is right below the cpu cooler so if it was facing the right way I would have zero problems but this is just frustrating. I tried looking for other CPU coolers, but I don't think they're going to help as the clearance needs to be less than 15 mm. -_- So any ideas? maybe there is a way to switch the cooler? A weird looking cooler to fit the GPU? Thanks is advance!
    
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Easiest fix would be getting a PCI-E extender cable/riser.
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I believe the motherboard uses the BTX form factor.
Most GPUs are designed with the ATX standard in mind, which is likely the reason your GPU seems upside-down in that.

Is this it?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/GATEWAY-7200X-SCKT-775-SYSTEM-BOARD-C77848-102-/380554042876?pt=Motherboards&hash=item589ac9ddfc


I looked up the PCI-E riser thing that Blameless mentioned, and that looks like it could solve the problem, but if that doesn't work for you then another option would be to get a shorter card that doesn't reach the CPU Heatsink.
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