I don't think the ATI card will be a problem with that motherboard. Even if it does, using the second (or third) PCIe slot won't cause any problems.
As you said the second slot is only a PCIe x8 slot, but that's still easily fast enough, even for gaming!
Thought I had read something about the PCI-E technology not being fully utilized - being faster that what existing video cards and demands upon them are at this point.
Welcome to the forums btw!
BTW I deleted your two other posts in the nvidia and ati section, there's no need to posts multiple times!
Apoptosis wrote:By going with the ATI card you also have an upgrade path as you could run Crossfire down the road if you ever wanted to pick up a second card.
Don't know (yet) if this will ever be important, but..
As for a card hitting the factory chipset cooler it would be close... Looking at the pictures the heat sink comes down to the top of the bottom DVI connector, which would mean it might just fit. I plugged my X1900 into the D975XBX2 and the chipset heat sink is just below the top of the lower DVI header (only 2 rows of connectors are above the top of the chipset cooler). I think it will fit, but it will be close.
I'lll take the gamble and say that I think it will fit!
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