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February 10, 2012, 03:54:05 AM
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February 10, 2012, 03:57:00 AM
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Drop a 5970 in it  Grin

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February 10, 2012, 03:58:41 AM
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Buddy will let me use his old computer for mining if I want for free.


What do you think? Only 1 pcieX16. There are extenders

When you say "use his old computer...for free,"  that leaves a lot to the imagination.

What are the other components of the computer?  Does it include a graphics card?  If so, which one?  Do you pay for electricity?  If so, how much?  Etc...

The more detail, the more we can advise.

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February 10, 2012, 04:08:26 AM
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Free hardware is good hardware!  You'll be limited to only 1 card.  If you want to run more than that you're going to need like 60$ in adaptive junk and a new PSU.
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February 10, 2012, 04:17:09 AM
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Buddy will let me use his old computer for mining if I want for free.


What do you think? Only 1 pcieX16. There are extenders

When you say "use his old computer...for free,"  that leaves a lot to the imagination.

What are the other components of the computer?  Does it include a graphics card?  If so, which one?  Do you pay for electricity?  If so, how much?  Etc...

The more detail, the more we can advise.

I know about the bitcoin profit calc's out there.
Other components don't matter much I don't think. But it has 2gb or ram, core 2 duo processor, and all hardware. I would use a flashdrive with bamt. The problem most likely is the psu. I didn't ask but it probably sucks. That is a key factor. My electricity rate is 0.0866 which I pay.

The other parts do matter in terms of energy consumption if you're the one paying the electric bill.

What graphics card are you going to be using?

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February 10, 2012, 04:31:46 AM
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They do. The cpu would be downclocked. I currently only have a 5830 spare but I guess I could get another card if I felt like it. It would cost like $40 dollers for extenders to make those pci slots work.

Really I was offered free use of it so I am considering it

If it was me, I would do it.  If it was me, I would mine Bitcoins and hold them in a secure wallet.  You will learn about mining in case you ever want to have your own rig, and if Bitcoin becomes used regularly by over a billion people someday, then the 'small' amount of Bitcoins you generate now will be worth a small fortune later.

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February 10, 2012, 04:51:00 AM
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5970's have been popping up on newegg.com every few weeks and they have dropped to $329!  - that's off the top of my head, but I'm pretty sure it's true.

Yep, this link should confirm:

http://www.nowinstock.net/computers/videocards/ati/radeon5970/full_history.php

Jan 31 - 6:27 PM EST   
Newegg - 5970 - Diamond A5970PE52G Out of Stock
Jan 31 - 4:27 PM EST   
Newegg - 5970 - Diamond A5970PE52G In Stock    for $329.99
Jan 23 - 7:27 PM EST   
Newegg - 5970 - Diamond A5970PE52G Out of Stock
Jan 23 - 6:27 PM EST   
Newegg - 5970 - Diamond A5970PE52G In Stock    for $329.99
Jan 05 - 12:27 PM EST   
Newegg - 5970 - Diamond A5970PE52G Out of Stock
Jan 05 - 11:27 AM EST   
Newegg - 5970 - Diamond A5970PE52G In Stock    for $329.99
Dec 23 - 7:27 PM EST   
Newegg - 5970 - Diamond A5970PE52G Out of Stock
Dec 23 - 3:27 PM EST   
Newegg - 5970 - Diamond A5970PE52G In Stock    for $329.99

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February 12, 2012, 05:15:09 AM
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Do see this link on the Diamond 5970s from newegg before becoming too excited about the price though: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=54617.0
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