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Hello everyone!

I am currently working on an egpu/docking station project for my 2015 macbook pro, and I am having some issues mounting everything into the case I've chosen. So far, I have gotten it to work with my windows 10 installation (on an external samsung evo ssd inside the mini-itx case) with my gtx 970, but now I am trying to actually mount the akitio thunder2 board and the graphics card inside a mini itx enclosure. The power supply, hard drives, and usb hub are already mounted inside of the case with plenty of room left. The graphics card has to mount in the slot that it would use if there was a mini itx motherboard in the case, because it won't fit anywhere else.

Here are my problems:

If you look at the first attached image, this is the graphics card mounted where it would go normally. It is currently only being held in by the two screws holding the IO side of the card onto the case. As you can see in image 2, the pcie connector is underneath the card and very close to the bottom of the case. I bought a pcie riser, but having it being under the card and bent to the side put it under too much stress, and the cable tore. It also pushed the graphics card up so that it was just barely able to mount in place. What I decided I needed was a right-angle for the pcie connection, but every one I found online, and I mean EVERY ONE, went the wrong way (left instead of right) , which put the connecter against the wall of the case, making it worse. Can someone help me find a right angle adapter that bends the correct way, or find another solution? I accidentally bought this: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007Q92R7M/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

but it was not the pcie connector on my graphics card. It was a little different. 

 

Another problem is that the akitio thunder2 board has issues with facing the right way. If you look in picture 3, you can see the board in its enclosure. In order for the pcie connector to be oriented the same as the graphics card, the board has to be mounted so that the black plastic pcie connector is closest to the graphics card, and unfortunately, facing away. Also, the thunderbolt ports and power port end up smushed against the wall of the case, or close to it? Again, how can I fix this? 

I was so excited to get this project working and am now having a headache trying to make it all fit together! This community has been absolutely excellent in helping me get my egpu working, and I cannot thank those that have taken the time to make guides enough. Thanks in advance to anyone who has any ideas how to get this mess together.

-Hunter

 

 

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You will need a riser angled to the right. Sth. like the DeLock 41914 and also a flexible riser.

 

Take a look at my build (last picture):

 

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1 hour ago, Dschijn said:

You will need a riser angled to the right. Sth. like the DeLock 41914 and also a flexible riser.

 

Take a look at my build (last picture):

 

Thank you, that DeLock 41914 is exactly what I am looking for! Unfortunately, I do not see a place to actually purchase it on the delock website. Do you know where I can buy it or have a link to the one that you have for your setup?

Edit: I live in the U.S, but if I have to order it from Europe, then oh well.

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I know, that's why I couldn't find any :( I found one on amazon.co.uk that I can import, but it won't be here until early October. Oh well, I guess I will have to wait. 

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