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July 05, 2011, 12:19:05 PM
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Hi everyone, what are some good motherboards for mining? in terms of pci/pcie slots and price and brand? and how do you setup cards in none pcie x16 slots? ive seen some motherboards with 4 cards in!

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July 05, 2011, 01:41:03 PM
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anyone?

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July 05, 2011, 01:43:14 PM
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The motherboard doesn't really matter.  I look for the cheapest ones that give me 3/4 pci-e slots.  I have run into a small problem with one mb I got, where I could not for the life of me find a case that would let me fill all 3 of its pci-e slots. 
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July 05, 2011, 01:44:35 PM
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Is there any way to use pcie x4 or x1 slots?

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July 05, 2011, 01:53:43 PM
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You could use something like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815158223&nm_mc=OTC-Froogle&cm_mmc=OTC-Froogle-_-Add-On+Cards-_-STARTECH-_-15158223

However, I don't know how you'd fit it into a case.  Besides, there is no shortage of motherboards out there that work out of the box, so I would recommend sticking with those
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July 05, 2011, 02:30:19 PM
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see pics in here and all will be answered:

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July 05, 2011, 02:54:32 PM
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Thanks all  Smiley

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July 05, 2011, 04:21:05 PM
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@kripz: I dig that, I think I'll convert all my cases to it...  Question though, how do you clamp the boards onto the shoe rack?
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July 05, 2011, 04:27:19 PM
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If you use one of these, you don't have to use extenders (4 cards fit fine on these boards). I use them for the convenience.

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July 06, 2011, 09:45:09 AM
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If you use one of these, you don't have to use extenders (4 cards fit fine on these boards). I use them for the convenience.

MSI 790FD-GD70 ($)
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It cost more but more importantly, you have to fight heat as there's less than 1cm between the cards.

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you dont. They just sit there, the pci connection drops through the grate. If you're worried, cable ties. again, $2.

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July 08, 2011, 11:52:08 AM
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shoe rack, dish rack, $2 asian shop.

Great idea!

Oh and as for the MB, I use these:

AM2/DDR2: MSI K9A2 Platinum (4xPCI-E)
AM3/DDR3: MSI 890FXA-GD70 (5xPCIE-E)

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July 08, 2011, 05:36:04 PM
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@kripz: I dig that, I think I'll convert all my cases to it...  Question though, how do you clamp the boards onto the shoe rack?

Extra shoe laces
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