Building a PC is never easy, but once you get the hang of it, it can be exceptionally fun and satisfying.
However, crafting a computer from the ground up requires some kind of planning to end up with a neat and clean build. One of the ways to get a cleaner look for your computer is by mounting your GPU vertically.
Doing that requires just a little bit more expertise and you will get exactly that with this guide.
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Why Would You Mount A GPU Vertically?
Before we can start explaining what you should do, it would be a good idea to consider all of the pros and cons first.
The most popular reason why anyone would do this is because it’s going to make your setup that much prettier. Why? Well, because visually every graphics card’s prettiest side is the bottom where you can see the fans and all the RGB goodness.
But, since most PC cases and motherboards are built to mount the GPU with the side facing up, we don’t get to see it. So, by mounting a graphics card vertically, you will get to have the “right side” facing up. This is especially great for cases with a window panel.
Also, when a card is vertically mounted, GPU sag is non-existent.
There’s a catch though!
It’s not all good when it comes to vertical mounting. There are a few significant disadvantages. One of them being the fact that this kind of GPU mount blocks access to all of the other PCIe lanes on your motherboard.
So, no expansion, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, or any other type of PCIe card.
Additionally, it could worsen airflow inside of your case which is essential for low GPU temperatures. This happens because the fans of the card will be too close to the case’s panel. It is an even worse problem if the panel is made out of glass.
Keep in mind, there are some cases where a vertical mount would actually benefit the airflow of your computer.
Either way, the disadvantages are nothing too serious and if you decide to ignore them and continue with this project, go ahead!
Every computer case is built differently. Some are smaller, while others much larger and then there are some in-between. Of course, they also come with different price tags.
It’s important to note this because not every case is compatible with a vertically mounted GPU. Some can be modified to fit such a mount and others completely don’t allow it. So, make sure to do some research on your case, before you decide to go ahead with this project.
Try searching on Google to check whether this kind of project has already been done with a case same as yours.
Also, some cases such as NZXT’s H510i (more commonly known by its predecessor, H500i) that come ready for a vertical mount out of the box, and all you need is a PCIe riser which brings us to the next subject.
Vertical Mount Plate And PCIe Riser
For the cases that are not built for such mounts, you will need to order a vertical mount plate and a PCIe riser too. Both of these shouldn’t be too expensive. The riser should be cheaper.
Once you have those two things, it’s time to install the GPU.
Vertically Mounting The GPU In Your Case
The process of mounting the GPU is going to be different for every case, so we’ll take the H500i as an example.
First, remove the card from your case by unscrewing all of the necessary screws and push down the latch on the motherboard on the PCIe slot.
Second, add the vertical mount plate (if necessary) by following the instructions. It should be simple.
Now, plug the PCIe riser cable into the top PCIe slot and attach it to the vertical mount plate (if needed).
With that done, all you have to do is just plug the GPU into the riser cable, screw it in and you are done!
Close the side panel, plug in the PC, and power it on. If everything works, congratulations, you’ve successfully mounted your GPU vertically.