Question Worried future GPU upgrade won't fit into case due to my case due to drive-mounting bay on the side. Suggestions?

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Hi again! I've recently asked about a certain build, and I'm happy to say that after 6 (grueling) hours, I've managed to build my first PC! I'm very happy with it, though I still need to upgrade my graphics card, and that's what I'm worried about. Not due to performance necessarily, but rather, its size. I'm afraid that anything longer than my current graphics card (Asus GTX 1060 6GB DUAL OC) simply won't fit because of a frustratingly simply thing: the space reserved for mounting drives behind the motherboard, between the case and the right-side panel. It's like a little wall is jutting forward and my current GPU just barely scrapes it. I've taken a couple pictures of what I'm referring to (please forgive the slight bit of dust...):



As you can see, my current GPU barely avoids reaching this metal 'wall'. I've looked at possible upgrade options (particularly the RX 5700 XT) and most of them seem to be longer than what I have, so I'm afraid my options will be limited, or I'll have to buy a new case, which means another few hours of screwing everything back together. Thing is, my case manual and box say it supports expansion cards of up to 300+ mm, so I'm wondering if anyone has a case similar to this one. Here's mine: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/kRBrxr/xigmatek-case-en6213

Does anyone have any suggestions or insights? One of the GPUs I've found is the RX 5700 XT Mech OC, which is actually slightly smaller than my current 1060. Are there similar 'form factor' options like that? Would love to hear about it. And of course, I'm curious of similar cases where longer cards actually fit! A couple of the builds at pcpartpicker actually use longer cards, but I'm still worried, and those builds are 5+ years old.

Thanks in advance! For reference, my mobo is an Asus TUF Gaming B450M-Plus.
 

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I'm sorry but are you talking about the longer gpu will scrape the drive bay mounting metal? If that's the case i dont think that will happen.
View: https://imgur.com/QP2bUXn

This pic is also using your case and the gpu is longer than the motherboard. I would avoid getting the 5700 xt mech oc because that card runs hot. Sapphire nitro+ would be better.
https://pcpartpicker.com/b/qBXH99
Here's another completed build using your case and a longer gpu.
 
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I'm sorry but are you talking about the longer gpu will scrape the drive bay mounting metal? If that's the case i dont think that will happen.
View: https://imgur.com/QP2bUXn

This pic is also using your case and the gpu is longer than the motherboard. I would avoid getting the 5700 xt mech oc because that card runs hot. Sapphire nitro+ would be better.
https://pcpartpicker.com/b/qBXH99
Here's another completed build using your case and a longer gpu.
I was looking at those very same builds too. I just wasn't sure whether it would work for me too. When I stuck my finger in there, it really looked like the card would scrap the drive bay if it was just a little longer. What I'm saying is, I guess I just wanted some reassurance, aha. I don't want to wait too long to upgrade since my country's currency might be increasingly more devalued, and I'm afraid everything will be too expensive, so I was looking at compatible GPUs and robust upgrades. Was going to go for a 5600 XT, but I figured the 5700 XT would be more future-proof. :p That's when I was started getting worried about whether it would fit in my case, and noticed the drive bay's position.

Thanks for your reply!
 

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