I am looking to buy a new desktop system, and have found the Lenovo ThinkCentre K230 (8 GB of RAM, Core 2 Quad Q8200). My main concern is if it will accept a full size graphics card like a Radeon HD 4890 or GTS 250.

Based on the following picture, there seems to be enough room in the case for for a bulky graphics card:

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But the specs for it on this site, for instance, say "PCI Express X16 Slots (Total): 1 Half Length". I am worried that because it is half length it will not accept large graphics cards, but this makes no sense - it is a huge case which looks like it could hold a large PCI-e card.

Can anyone give a definitive answer? Because it would be a perfect system for me, if only I could swap in a nice graphics card.


The case looks big enough, but I don't like the position of the hard disk bays.

It could indeed be a problem to fit a full-length (312mm) graphics card.

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The price is right, certainly a good deal there.

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    my personal opinion: should the hard disk bay constitute a problem, it would be gone in NO time, even if it takes an angle grinder to get rid of it. :) – Molly7244 Dec 30 '09 at 0:59
  • As stated in the question, the PSU may be limiting graphics cards as well but, alas... if the drive bay can be removed it shouldn't be a problem. Browsing the reviews the disk seems to be from a bad batch though and it may not be eligible for a Win7 upgrade ^^ – Oskar Duveborn Dec 30 '09 at 4:51
  • I did read that, hard drives are pretty cheap so I can always replace it, also even if there is not a windows 7 upgrade I have a full copy on hand. although I think some of the later reviews said that lenovo changed their policy on the upgrade. – user23034 Dec 30 '09 at 5:02

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