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    Does your PCI Card sit FLUSH with the rear of your Case?

    As above folks, I was just installing a Firewire PCI card in my siblings PC, thing is I noticed that whichever slot I tried to put the PCI card into, it made no difference, as in the card would not sit flush with the expansion slot leaving a couple of millimetres gap between the card and slot after screwing in.

    I ask as all the builds I've done I've never noticed a gap as this, as all the cards - graphics, sound, firewire have tended to fit snugly against the expansion slots.

    I've just noticed there is also a gap of 1-2 millimetres for the graphics card on this PC, so is it just a matter of leaving it alone as it is or should I be concerned?

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    Re: Does your PCI Card sit FLUSH with your PCI slot in your Case?

    Has it got the right risers in it? Sounds like the mobo is too high/low.

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    Re: Does your PCI Card sit FLUSH with your PCI slot in your Case?

    Quote Originally Posted by staffsMike View Post
    Has it got the right risers in it? Sounds like the mobo is too high/low.
    I think you misunderstood me, it screws in flush on the side of the screw but when you look at it from the rear of the case, you can see there is a slight gap of 2 millimetres between the expansion slot and card. However, everything is in place, motherboard has all the right risers, they came with the Antec case.

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    Re: Does your PCI Card sit FLUSH with your PCI slot in your Case?

    If it doesn't affect operation of the card - don't worry about it. Either the case tolerances are slightly out, the backplate/card spacer on the firewire card is slightly tp small or the motherboard is slightly misaligned with the case. The latter is unlikely as there are lots of fixings for it - so it is more likely to be case tolerances. You might just want to check that the end of teh backplate on the card (the other end from the screw) is correctly located in the fixing on the case itself - if that is misaligned in can cause a small gap. If it isn't located properly, you should recify it as plugging in the firewire connector will cause stresses on the card itself as the end of teh backplate isn't fixed properly.
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    Re: Does your PCI Card sit FLUSH with your PCI slot in your Case?

    This more common then you think, i tend to find more cheaper cases have this problem.

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