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    Default Support for long graphic card

    What extra support needed to use for long graphic card, like the 3060 which is 300mm in length?

    I have seen some cases have the extra bracing to support the card but it seems that most other cases don't have any.

    Or, don't need it, at all?

    Your views, please.

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    Default Re: Support for long graphic card

    Nothing.
    I had one, all I had to do was buy another case as the existing one had the drivebays too near and it wouldn't fit.


    They make them to be used without extra bits you know...so put it in and leave it as is.
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    Default Re: Support for long graphic card

    I've used long cards in the past.
    They will sag or twist if you don't create some sort of support.
    A bigger problem is they won't fit in most modern cases without surgery.
    My last two gamming systems, I removed the hard drive bay completely.
    They're not used with SSD's anyway.

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    Default Re: Support for long graphic card

    Driftwood: what sort of support you used?

    piroska: from your experience, no additional support needed?

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    Default Re: Support for long graphic card

    Quote Originally Posted by bk T View Post
    Driftwood: what sort of support you used?

    piroska: from your experience, no additional support needed?
    As wainuitech said for support.
    It's the budget ones with thiner circuit boards and open fans that tend to twist.
    Good quality ones are fine.

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    Default Re: Support for long graphic card

    Quote Originally Posted by bk T View Post
    piroska: from your experience, no additional support needed?
    Yes. I had bought a new - large case, and still have that case now.
    It was the last GPU I upgraded regularly too, 2 years later - when I would upgrade again, I didn't. I kept it for another 4 years.
    Never had an issue.

    Can't see warping or anything, maybe if you move the case around all the time - like when people used to go to Lan parties, but if it's just sitting there, no.
    I would ensure A) Case is big enough, no scraping the bays, in my case I couldn't shift things around so just bought the new case.
    and B)Good airflow.
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    Default Re: Support for long graphic card

    Those big cards usually always need a power supply going to them, what you can do is once the PCIe is plugged in, wire tie up the cabling so it actually is supporting the card if you are worried, don't need a strain on the plug as the wires are reasonably stiff anyway, and they will stop the cards from dropping ( again only if worried).

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    Default Re: Support for long graphic card

    Thank you folks for your views.

    I asked the above question is because my neighbour's teenage son bought a RTX 3060 card for his old PC, has a Z77 Extreme4 Asrock MB. Probably it's not a wise choice to buy such a GPU for his old PC, you may say.

    Since he has bought the GPU and came to me for support (installing the card), I suggested him to upgrade the MB and CPU, of course.

    His old box has a Seasonic SS-660KM 80 Plus Gold PSU. You reckon it can cater for the RTX 3060? He has a mechanical HDD,

    I suggested to him the following Upgrade: Intel Rocket Lake i5-11400 CPU, MB: Asus Prime Z590-A, RAM: Corsair DDR4 2x8 RAM, Samsung 1TB SSD

    Using back the old Antec NX400 which, I think it's quite nice case and the PSU (if it's OK), He also has a CoolerMaster 212 cpu cooler, hope it can be used with the new cpu.

    Your views will be appreciated. Thanks.
    Last edited by bk T; 28-05-2022 at 11:02 AM.

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    Default Re: Support for long graphic card

    Or, you think I should get a new Case, PSU, and CPU cooler?

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    Default Re: Support for long graphic card

    Quote Originally Posted by bk T View Post
    Or, you think I should get a new Case, PSU, and CPU cooler?
    Depends what it's going to be used for.
    If it's for gaming, that card will soon heat up the inside of the case.
    First casualty is usually the PSU getting too hot.
    A new design case with bottom mounted PSU with external intake will overcome that.
    Then some case fans to get rid of the heat from inside.
    From my experience the GPU will always run hotter than the CPU.

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