How do you know if a card will fit in a "slim" form desktop?

ticktock2

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I'm currently using an 8800 GT but I want to order a new computer.

Is there a way of finding out if the 8800 will fit in one of the slim towers? Like what dimensions would it need to be?

Thanks
 
Please provide a link or at least the make and model of one of the cases you would call "slim tower".

The 8800GT certainly sits inside the confines of mATX and ATX mobos, so its length is not a problem. As for height . . . it will NOT fit in any case requiring half-height cards.
 

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i'm kinda wondering about a 4870 fitting in my case too. Twoboxer said that a 8800gt sits inside the confines of mATX and atx mobos, but couldn't a mobo block the card even if there is enough space in the case. my northbridge heatsink might block a dual slot cooler, could that happen??
 
It's not likely, I've never seen it, but I suppose a stupid design even for as important a part as the primary PCIe slot is theoretically possible.

If you're worried your mobo choice is the exception, look at a picture like this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ShowImage.aspx?CurImage=13-128-357-S02&ISList=13-128-357-S01%2c13-128-357-S02%2c13-128-357-S03%2c13-128-357-S04%2c13-128-357-S05&S7ImageFlag=1&Item=N82E16813128357&Depa=0&WaterMark=1&Description=GIGABYTE%20GA-G31M-ES2L%20Micro%20ATX%20Intel%20Motherboard%20-%20Retail
 

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well what makes me worried is that this mobo was originally from a compaq computer. And they're not very upgrade friendly, which is why i'm worried about the dual-slot cooler design. I guess worst case scenario is that i have to buy a new northbridge heat sink that's shorter?
 

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I have been wondering this as well as I recently purchased a Dell Studio XPS Mini-Tower version that comes with a stock Radeon HD3450...I haven't been able to find a straight answer on whether or not all "low-profile" labeled cards will fit inside this Mini-Tower layout...any thoughts?