Will This Video Card / PSU / Riser Card Setup Work?

By gekkostate
Nov 30, 2008
  1. I have a Dell E520, and well, it sucks. But i'm not buying a new computer. So!, I have decided to just upgrade it. I want to het the ASUS Radeon HD 4870, but with that, I also need a new PSU; and on top of all of that, I need a flexible riser card!

    So heres the links to the three things I want/need to get.


    HD 4870:

    Flexible Riser Card:

    Now what i'm planning to do is replace my 305Watt Dell PSU with that one, stick the riser card in my PCIe slot, connect the HD 4870 to the riser card, and then ...???...!!!...Win?

    Anyone know if this setup should work?
  2. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    What would you need the riser card for? I see plenty of space in the case from the looks of it but even if you do use the riser card, the video card may be blocking airflow from and to the CPU. Check the dimensions to be sure IMO.

    Otherwise, everything else looks great.
  3. gekkostate

    gekkostate TS Rookie Topic Starter

    As seen in this picture...

    Dell likes to vicegrip the peaches by using this gigantic heatsink cover. That isnt a picture of MY pc, but its nearly identical. The only difference is thats not my video card. But as you can see that card is a standard 2 slotter, but luckily for that person, the fan was high enough on the card for it not to interfere with the heatsink cover. However in my case, the card I want is a double slot card that is quite long and will almost certainly interfere with the heatsink cover.
  4. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    Wow, that is a huge HSF cover. The riser card will be a good idea then.
  5. gekkostate

    gekkostate TS Rookie Topic Starter

    What really sucks is the fan is to the left of the cover. The heatsink is attached to the cover and then the cover to the board, so its not even an option of removing the cover and leaving the heatsink, unless I wanted to take a hot knife and sear away the plastic or something.
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