Is it bad to leave a video card half-exposed all the time?

By whalehunter
Nov 16, 2007
  1. my slim pc only allows half-height video cards..
    Would it be bad if i just kinda.. deliberately broke off part of the case so that i could shove a full sized in it?
    i know i can just buy a new case, but if this is ok to do.. i'd rather do it instead :slurp:
  2. samjohnson

    samjohnson TS Maniac Posts: 238

    I wouldn't. If you accidentally brushed up against it or something it could give you nice jolt I suppose. Its just not a good idea all around.
  3. whalehunter

    whalehunter TS Rookie Topic Starter

    hmm.. so if i were to steer clear of brushing up against it.. would the dust and possibly flies and minor stuff damage it?

    Edited by Moderator: Removed quote. There`s no need to quote the post directly above your own, unless you`re only replying to a specific section, in which case you would only quote that section. ;)
  4. samjohnson

    samjohnson TS Maniac Posts: 238

    No probably not, but I wouldn't advise doing something like this. If you spilled something maybe and it got into there it would not be good. What type of computer do you have and what type of slots does it have?
  5. whalehunter

    whalehunter TS Rookie Topic Starter

    dell xps 210 one pci and one pci-e, i believe
    if i did this, i would get a long cord for connecting it to the monitor and put it way way out of the way
  6. samjohnson

    samjohnson TS Maniac Posts: 238

    I just really think cutting a whole in the case is a bad idea. If you put a GC in would the fan be facing up or down. I am asking this to see if dell is still using the BTX version motherboards or the ATX version.

    **EDIT** ok never mind they are still using the blasted BTX motherboards. SO getting a different case is pretty much out of it. There is some BTX cases but there isn't many. This is a BTX or a ATX case. If you want to spend this much money then I would just get a differnt case instead of cutting a whole in yours.
  7. whalehunter

    whalehunter TS Rookie Topic Starter

    cool thx for all the help
  8. samjohnson

    samjohnson TS Maniac Posts: 238

    NO problem. What type of card where you planing on getting?
  9. pdyckman@comcas

    pdyckman@comcas TS Rookie Posts: 527

    I have a totally different answer. I say hack that baby up if it's a means to an end!
  10. twite

    twite TechSpot Paladin Posts: 937

    I say go for it. My side Panel hasnt even been on my computer for the last 5 months. Haven't had any problems.
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