The XFX GeForce 6200 Cube-Bracket step by step


1. The case (optional!)

This is, what i did to the cube's case. Doesn't look that nice, but fits.

And this is, why. Another concept could be, to leave the outer-screw at the DVI-connector off. Then you don't have to do any modifications to the case. For most people, this could be the better and less dangerous way, but i like my screens securely attached ;o) And another point to mention on the minus-side of this solution is, that - at least on low-profile-cards, like the XFX - you only have one "real" Ø3mm-bolt-connection between the bracket and the card itself, as the VGA is only connected to the board via ribbon-cable. O.k., this is not that bad, because from the outside you just deal with the connectors. But, at the very end, it's just a matter of personal preference.

IF you do the things above, that's the part, where you have to be VERY careful. Best thing is, to remove the mainboard before and clean the box when you're done very carefully, because any small part of metal, remaining on the motherboard could cause a short, when you fire up your machine and - at the worst case - destroy it.

I used a small flat rasp, rounded on one side.


2. The bracket

Let's start with results: this is the XFX-Cube bracket, ready to be attached. So how did i get there?


Sure the easiest way would have been, to use the stock bracket. But there's one problem with that part: the hole for the tv-out is a little bit larger in diameter, then on most of the other card's. So, if you look at the picture of the finished part, you can notice, that even on this one there is very little material left above that hole. The XFX-bracket leaves you with nothing at all.


So i preferred to use this one. It's Sapphire (again, i love these cards ;o). In this case a 9600XT VIVO. Turned front side back, it's the absolute perfect fit. But i am sure, that there are others, that fit to. I think, most, that have the same "line-up" of connectors, should be usable. Shouldn't be a problem, to get some old or dead thing for cheap on ebay.


And here is, what you have to do. I used a hacksaw for the cutting. At this point you benefit from another advantage of the shown above bracket: the bent up corner on the side, where you have to do the long cut, guides the saw, and makes it very easy to do this cut straight. And it will be exactly, where it has to. The other side of the bracket can be left untouched.


After the cutting is done, it's the best idea, to attach the bracket to the card, to verify the height and get the exact position for the hole to be drilled. If the upper side of the bracket is just in line with the top of the tv-out's casing, it's fine. If not, some strokes with a flat rasp will get you there (I don't have to mention, that you remove it from the card for that? ;o). For the position of the hole, best is, to install the card with the bracket into the cube, adjust the connectors positions in the case opening, like they should be at the end, and then mark the position for the drilling through the existing hole of the stock screw. After removing the card and unmounting the bracket, the only thing left to be done is drill the hole.


After that, the result, reattached to the card should look something like that.


To fix it in the housig, you can use any 4mm-screw with a nut you like. This should be rock-solid.


Congratulations: You are done!