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Originally Posted by Zap;11829133 
Are you taking into account cables coming out the back?



Not familiar with that nMedia, but Antec reuses the chassis in other products such as the NSK2480 that I use for my own HTPC. The Antec chassis uses really thick steel, has great ventilation and uses their soft translucent white grommets for HDD mounting (which IMO are the best grommets that come with any case).



Uh oh. That card won't work in the Antec, likely won't work in the Silverstone GD04/GD05) and probably won't work in a lot of HTPC cases that aren't totally huge.

The reason for it not fitting the Antec is the length of the card (IIRC around 10.6") and the location of the PCIe power plugs. The Antec cases have the HDD bay next to the motherboard so the card will hit the bays. I don't think you can go more than just over 9" with the Antec.

Also, the PCIe power plugs are on top of the card and you won't be able to plug power in and still close the case lid. I have a GTS 250 in mine and I had to tear up the PCIe plug to make it fit - barely.

I'd suggest you sell that beast and get something that is more appropriate. If you just need the outputs with a bit of video acceleration, then get a nice low end card with HDMI. If you will be gaming, then get a GTS 450 or a GTX 460 (or maybe Radeon 6850). Those should fit - just make sure you look up photos of the card to make sure the PCIe plugs are pointed towards the end. I know GTX 460 were made both ways.

Thanks for the info! Much appreciated.

- Yes, I have taken into account the cables coming out of the back of the case.

- The build quality of the Antec does look great. I like the aesthetics of the Antec a bit more than the Silverstone but it does cost about half again as much.

- I know that the 8800GTX is not the most appropriate GPU for an HTPC build (large size & power hog) but I am trying to reuse as many parts as I can to keep the cost down. According to Silverstone's product page for the GD05, the case can accommodate GPUs up to 11" long. It seems from pictures that the top cover of the case doesn't rest flat against the top edge of the GPU. Looks like about 1/2" of clearance which may just be enough for the PCIe power connectors.

Leaning heavily towards the Silverstone at this point. I realized this morning that it really doesn't matter if the case has an IR receiver or not.
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