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Author Topic: Best thing to hold cards that are on pci extender cables?  (Read 4535 times)
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July 15, 2011, 06:33:00 PM

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

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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