I see your point Anlus. The mobo sits on the bottom of the case, and the gpu sits at a vertical angle. That sucks. But again, I haven't been able to find any Radeon 9*** series that is built at half height. Soory, but i'll keep my eyes open.
The case has feet that snap into slots on the bottom or side so I can sit it as a mini tower. Thats how I use it so the heat rises. The only problem at LAN parties is in prolonged playing it overheats because it isnt vented well. I will be adding a 60mm fan to top to pull heat out and the radiator will be toward front and under where the floppy sits. I intend to use water cooling to pull heat fromt the CPU, GPU, and mobo chipset and vent it outside the case to remove majority of heat sources from inside the case.
I also found a PCI card that is 1/2 height that has a external AC adapter and routes that into a 3 pin molex plug. I am now looking for a waterpump with built in reservoir that runs off a Molex 4 pin and run adapter to a 3 pin like some CPU fans use.
There are several 9600SE 1/2 height cards but they all perform less than my Ti4200. Using 3D MARK 2001SE my desktop system scored a 10,700 while a 9600SE will perform around a 7,000 mark. With the GF2MX400-64MBDDR the best I ever scored was about 3500 so it will still be a significant improvement.
PowerColor used to make a Radeon 8500 1/2 height card with 64MB and ELSA used to make a Geforce 4 Ti 4200 64MB DDR 1/2 height card but Powercolor killed hte 8500 when the 9000 series came out and ELSA doesnt import the 1/2 GF4 titanium.
If only they made the 9600 pro or the FX 5600 1/2 height I wouldbe very happy.