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July 04, 2011, 04:31:24 AM
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I'm thinking about purchasing some extender cables to keep my cards from being bunched up.  I've seen people with some wierd ways of holding their cards up (threads, twist ties).  I was wondering if there is some sort of little simple stand that they can be placed on. 

Please point me to the direction.

If not I'll invent one and have some chinese people make them in sweatshops for .001 btc a day.  No not really but you can if you want.
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July 04, 2011, 05:40:52 AM
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I'm thinking about purchasing some extender cables to keep my cards from being bunched up.  I've seen people with some wierd ways of holding their cards up (threads, twist ties).  I was wondering if there is some sort of little simple stand that they can be placed on. 

Please point me to the direction.

If not I'll invent one and have some chinese people make them in sweatshops for .001 btc a day.  No not really but you can if you want.

I use a shoe stand from the rack section of Home Depot. The cards fit nicely between the slots, but be careful not to knock off one of the resistors as they line up perfectly with the metal rod and can easily be damaged.


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July 04, 2011, 05:44:32 AM
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I'm thinking about purchasing some extender cables to keep my cards from being bunched up.  I've seen people with some wierd ways of holding their cards up (threads, twist ties).  I was wondering if there is some sort of little simple stand that they can be placed on. 

Please point me to the direction.

If not I'll invent one and have some chinese people make them in sweatshops for .001 btc a day.  No not really but you can if you want.

I use a shoe stand from the rack section of Home Depot. The cards fit nicely between the slots, but be careful not to knock off one of the resistors as they line up perfectly with the metal rod and can easily be damaged.



What cards are those? Are they doing okay on a 850w?
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July 04, 2011, 05:48:20 AM
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I'm thinking about purchasing some extender cables to keep my cards from being bunched up.  I've seen people with some wierd ways of holding their cards up (threads, twist ties).  I was wondering if there is some sort of little simple stand that they can be placed on.  

Please point me to the direction.

If not I'll invent one and have some chinese people make them in sweatshops for .001 btc a day.  No not really but you can if you want.

I use a shoe stand from the rack section of Home Depot. The cards fit nicely between the slots, but be careful not to knock off one of the resistors as they line up perfectly with the metal rod and can easily be damaged.



What cards are those? Are they doing okay on a 850w?

5830s, they're doing great with a 850 watt psu, even the core overclocked to 960-1000mhz. It won't handle 5 overclocked though. Tongue

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July 04, 2011, 05:50:51 AM
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I'm thinking about purchasing some extender cables to keep my cards from being bunched up.  I've seen people with some wierd ways of holding their cards up (threads, twist ties).  I was wondering if there is some sort of little simple stand that they can be placed on. 

Please point me to the direction.

If not I'll invent one and have some chinese people make them in sweatshops for .001 btc a day.  No not really but you can if you want.

I use a shoe stand from the rack section of Home Depot. The cards fit nicely between the slots, but be careful not to knock off one of the resistors as they line up perfectly with the metal rod and can easily be damaged.



Wow thats perfect! Thanks so much
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July 04, 2011, 06:24:56 AM
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The first cat or small child to come along would destroy your mining operation.

I'm experimenting with 3/4" x 3/4" x 1/8" aluminum angle stock from Lowes.  8 feet of the stuff is about 15 bucks + tax.  The pieces can be easily bolted/riveted/tied together to make a cage of your desired dimensions. If it pans out I can order 24 foot segments (shipping is murder for small quantities) and mass manufacture 4 and 8 card cage kits to sell for bitcoins.

 I'm experimenting with screwing the cards down on one end of the 'cage' and just letting them rest on a bit of padding on the back end.  Biggest danger so far is PCIe extenders falling off the cards, followed closely by cards ingesting cat hair.
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July 04, 2011, 06:39:09 AM
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The first cat or small child to come along would destroy your mining operation.

I'm experimenting with 3/4" x 3/4" x 1/8" aluminum angle stock from Lowes.  8 feet of the stuff is about 15 bucks + tax.  The pieces can be easily bolted/riveted/tied together to make a cage of your desired dimensions. If it pans out I can order 24 foot segments (shipping is murder for small quantities) and mass manufacture 4 and 8 card cage kits to sell for bitcoins.

 I'm experimenting with screwing the cards down on one end of the 'cage' and just letting them rest on a bit of padding on the back end.  Biggest danger so far is PCIe extenders falling off the cards, followed closely by cards ingesting cat hair.


They are actually a lot more sturdy then they look.  Those extender cables are very stiff and tend to hold the cards fairly well.  If those cards were to dominoe to the side nothing would happen and they would keep mining.  It's possible a cable would pop off but no permanent damage.   I have 4 rigs setup similar to that and knocked them over a couple of times.   All is well.

And who the hell has random children + cats show up?? I sure as shit don't.
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July 04, 2011, 04:22:25 PM
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lol I have a random 1 year old, but all the noise and fans keep him scared of my mining room.
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July 04, 2011, 07:46:56 PM
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The first cat or small child to come along would destroy your mining operation.

I'm experimenting with 3/4" x 3/4" x 1/8" aluminum angle stock from Lowes.  8 feet of the stuff is about 15 bucks + tax.  The pieces can be easily bolted/riveted/tied together to make a cage of your desired dimensions. If it pans out I can order 24 foot segments (shipping is murder for small quantities) and mass manufacture 4 and 8 card cage kits to sell for bitcoins.

 I'm experimenting with screwing the cards down on one end of the 'cage' and just letting them rest on a bit of padding on the back end.  Biggest danger so far is PCIe extenders falling off the cards, followed closely by cards ingesting cat hair.


That's exactly what I did. I got aluminum angle stock from Lowes. Can't remember the exact dimensions but it was 6ft long. I got 3 pieces of it and some nut/bolts for $14 and some change. My setup is 16 inches wide, 13 inches deep and 9 inches tall. I have 3 5830s in it now but could easily add another 1 or maybe 2.

Here is a pic...

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July 04, 2011, 07:52:43 PM
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I'm thinking about purchasing some extender cables to keep my cards from being bunched up.  I've seen people with some wierd ways of holding their cards up (threads, twist ties).  I was wondering if there is some sort of little simple stand that they can be placed on.  

Please point me to the direction.

If not I'll invent one and have some chinese people make them in sweatshops for .001 btc a day.  No not really but you can if you want.


I use a shoe stand from the rack section of Home Depot. The cards fit nicely between the slots, but be careful not to knock off one of the resistors as they line up perfectly with the metal rod and can easily be damaged.



What cards are those? Are they doing okay on a 850w?

5830s, they're doing great with a 850 watt psu, even the core overclocked to 960-1000mhz. It won't handle 5 overclocked though. Tongue



Also running 4 5830's with the same psu...actually 2 rigs exactly like that...going strong after a month...I will say the 850w ones feel hotter than the 1000w psu...could just be design though...they seem fine.
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July 04, 2011, 08:10:58 PM
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You could screw a piece of meal or wood to the cards, running across all 4, just like they are mounted in a case and that would stop them from dominoing.


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July 04, 2011, 08:19:23 PM
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That's exactly what I did. I got aluminum angle stock from Lowes. Can't remember the exact dimensions but it was 6ft long. I got 3 pieces of it and some nut/bolts for $14 and some change. My setup is 16 inches wide, 13 inches deep and 9 inches tall. I have 3 5830s in it now but could easily add another 1 or maybe 2.

Here is a pic...


How are the cards fastened at the back? Or are they holding on for dear life using that one screw on top?

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July 04, 2011, 09:33:52 PM
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They are resting on a piece of aluminum. You might be able to see it better in this picture...



I just taped it in place while figuring out where I wanted the cards and decided that it held good enough to leave it taped with black electrical tape.
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July 04, 2011, 09:46:11 PM
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Aha. Now I see. Nifty.

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July 05, 2011, 05:04:10 AM
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They are resting on a piece of aluminum. You might be able to see it better in this picture...



I just taped it in place while figuring out where I wanted the cards and decided that it held good enough to leave it taped with black electrical tape.

Those Sapphires have a nifty hole in the back top of the board...great for small zip ties.
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July 05, 2011, 12:38:10 PM
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They are resting on a piece of aluminum. You might be able to see it better in this picture...

I just taped it in place while figuring out where I wanted the cards and decided that it held good enough to leave it taped with black electrical tape.
Ok, cool. One more question. What kind of extender cables are you using? It looks as if there are both 1x-to-16x and 16x-to-16x. Either way, where did you get them? I'm trying to locate cables in Sweden to allow me to plug in 4 video cards on an MSI 890FXA-GD70.

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July 05, 2011, 04:54:16 PM
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That's exactly what I did. I got aluminum angle stock from Lowes.



I went to a local metal supply store...20ft of the 1/2"x1/2" square aluminum tube was around $6 compared with Lowe's ~$6 for 3ft.  The 1/2"x1/2" L-angle stuff is good for mounting the cards to...square stuff is good for the framework.
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July 15, 2011, 04:06:46 PM
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Like that setup joker.  Looks pretty stable too - nice.
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July 15, 2011, 05:09:36 PM
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Those wire stands are also available at Wal-Mart. I found one in the housewares under $7.00 CAD.

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July 15, 2011, 05:50:56 PM
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I'm thinking about purchasing some extender cables to keep my cards from being bunched up.  I've seen people with some wierd ways of holding their cards up (threads, twist ties).  I was wondering if there is some sort of little simple stand that they can be placed on.  

Please point me to the direction.

If not I'll invent one and have some chinese people make them in sweatshops for .001 btc a day.  No not really but you can if you want.


I use a shoe stand from the rack section of Home Depot. The cards fit nicely between the slots, but be careful not to knock off one of the resistors as they line up perfectly with the metal rod and can easily be damaged.



What cards are those? Are they doing okay on a 850w?

5830s, they're doing great with a 850 watt psu, even the core overclocked to 960-1000mhz. It won't handle 5 overclocked though. Tongue



Also running 4 5830's with the same psu...actually 2 rigs exactly like that...going strong after a month...I will say the 850w ones feel hotter than the 1000w psu...could just be design though...they seem fine.

I'm running 4 5870s on an 850W, I ran them on a 750 for about 2 weeks while I waited for the 850 to come in. I woulda left it but the PSU got uncomfortably hot, and I'm a hardware wuss.

I like some of these setups, I think the cost for extenders would be worth me not continuing to go deaf (I have a bunch of sandwiched cards that would run at least 10% less fan speed if they were spaced), but sadly I have no tools for the aluminum. I'm considering the super ghetto shoe rack rig though, intriguing.
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July 15, 2011, 06:33:00 PM
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I'm thinking about purchasing some extender cables to keep my cards from being bunched up.  I've seen people with some wierd ways of holding their cards up (threads, twist ties).  I was wondering if there is some sort of little simple stand that they can be placed on.  

Please point me to the direction.

If not I'll invent one and have some chinese people make them in sweatshops for .001 btc a day.  No not really but you can if you want.


I use a shoe stand from the rack section of Home Depot. The cards fit nicely between the slots, but be careful not to knock off one of the resistors as they line up perfectly with the metal rod and can easily be damaged.



What cards are those? Are they doing okay on a 850w?

5830s, they're doing great with a 850 watt psu, even the core overclocked to 960-1000mhz. It won't handle 5 overclocked though. Tongue



Also running 4 5830's with the same psu...actually 2 rigs exactly like that...going strong after a month...I will say the 850w ones feel hotter than the 1000w psu...could just be design though...they seem fine.

I'm running 4 5870s on an 850W, I ran them on a 750 for about 2 weeks while I waited for the 850 to come in. I woulda left it but the PSU got uncomfortably hot, and I'm a hardware wuss.

I like some of these setups, I think the cost for extenders would be worth me not continuing to go deaf (I have a bunch of sandwiched cards that would run at least 10% less fan speed if they were spaced), but sadly I have no tools for the aluminum. I'm considering the super ghetto shoe rack rig though, intriguing.

I think the only tools I had to use for the aluminum were a drill and a hacksaw...pretty necessary for a lot of things so they are worth buying...other than that tin snips come in handy.  For some of the stuff I did with machine screws (support brackets for the cards) I tapped the holes so that I could directly put screws into the bracket but honestly the ones I used zip ties on were just as stable, although, the nice screws and tapped holes were much prettier.
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July 18, 2011, 01:47:56 PM
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I'm considering the super ghetto shoe rack rig though, intriguing.

Hehe, good name for it. Wink It's cool though!

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