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Hi,

Im building a new HTPC with a case measuring 150mm tall and bought a GTX 760 to go inside it with a quoted height of 110mm. So I thought perfect that will just fit and even double checked with the case manufacturer.

What I unfortunately forgot to take account of was the added height of the power connectors on top of the graphics card! So now the top of the case wont shut properly even with 'slim' cables. Ugh. mad.gif

Has anyone got any clever solutions I could try? I thought about maybe stripping away the plastic connectors and soldering the wire directly onto the contacts?! Or using 'spade connectors' perhaps?

The trouble is basically ALL graphics cards these days seem to have the power connectors on top, unless someone happens to know of a good card with rear connectors? I know
there are some special low-profile cards, but they are expensive with very limited choice and seem underpowered for the money. But may be my last resort!

Anyway thanks for any advice (and please dont laugh too much) tongue.gif
Edited by BENBOBBY - 3/15/14 at 5:40pm
post #2 of 21
I don't know if an nVidia 750 or 750 ti would be powerful enough for your needs, but I know there are some versions that use little enough power that they get it all from the motherboard. Therefore these cards don't need an extra power cable and so they may be able to fit in your case.
post #3 of 21
Many of the 7k series amd cards had their plugs on the side. Nearly all 7850's and several 7870's are like this. I would assume the newer versions are the same.
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Thanks for the replies.
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Originally Posted by iRUSH View Post

Many of the 7k series amd cards had their plugs on the side. Nearly all 7850's and several 7870's are like this. I would assume the newer versions are the same.

Could you possibly name some specific 7870s that have rear connectors please? Unfortunately all the ones Ive looked at so far seem to be top mounted as usual frown.gif
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Originally Posted by BENBOBBY View Post

Thanks for the replies.
Could you possibly name some specific 7870s that have rear connectors please? Unfortunately all the ones Ive looked at so far seem to be top mounted as usual frown.gif

Hmmm,

A 750/750ti without the GPU power connection seems to be your best bet. It's not too far behind a 7850 i think.

The only cards that I can think of that aren't side mounted are the 58xx series reference cards and at that performance bracket you might as well get a 750/750ti.
 
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the 750 ti should be definitly good enough for your needs. (assuming its just a regular HTPC build more than a gaming PC, and ur going to play at most 1080p)
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watch those 750ti benchmark videos. its an impressive card for only $160
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Hmmm,A 750/750ti without the GPU power connection seems to be your best bet. It's not too far behind a 7850 i think.The only cards that I can think of that aren't side mounted are the 58xx series reference cards and at that performance bracket you might as well get a 750/750ti.
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the 750 ti should be definitly good enough for your needs. (assuming its just a regular HTPC build more than a gaming PC, and ur going to play at most 1080p)


Thanks for the replies. Seems like I have two main options then really:


EVGA GTX 750Ti 2GB Nvidia Superclocked:


http://www.evga.com/products/Product.aspx?pn=02G-P4-3753-KR




AFOX Radeon HD 7850 2GB (Low Profile):


http://www.afox-corp.com/en/products_details.asp?proid=209&typeid=46&id=15


Ignoring cost for a moment, which card would you guys go for? Its not going to be a massive gaming machine but thought it would be nice to play some games occasionally on the big screen at 1080p with a decent enough frame rate.

Thanks thumb.gif
Edited by BENBOBBY - 3/16/14 at 4:37am
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Would something along these lines help?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/131102290614?lpid=82
 
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Ignoring cost for a moment
, which card would you guys go for? Its not going to be a massive gaming machine but thought it would be nice to play some games occasionally on the big screen at 1080p with a decent enough frame rate.

Thanks thumb.gif

cost is the number 1 factor in building a customized PC.

its the only way we can determine price/performance ratio. but if u want to know w/o cost as a factor.
i would say go for the 750 ti. newer tech, more power efficient, and m pretty sure its faster than the 7850.

EDIT: i had an idea,

would this work.

can OP just cut off the end of the PCIe cable braid and expose the flexible wire. then just kinda bend it so that it can bend to fit inside the case?
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Would something along these lines help?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/131102290614?lpid=82

This is what I was thinking of but couldn't find anything! Keep the 760 OP if you can get some of these! thumb.gif

Otherwise that 750ti superclocked looks supersexy. biggrin.gif
 
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