Ok I'll post now that things are completed here. Time to go down the rabbit hole - sorry for the photo spam on the post btw
So, mining?! Sure! "Let's go!" I said. Had some funds set aside I knew I could put into this. The plan, like any, was brilliant! Now, on the other hand, I'm not quite geeky enough to do headless Linux miners or crate+cardboard machine setups so alas, for me a case, Windows, and GUIminer will have to do. Not quite as cost-effective but it's what I know I could do. Since I'm an Evangelion fan, I wanted to compliment my main rig with others (miners) named after angels so thought it'd be fun at any rate.
Thought I'd start things off right with a 4-way card system (since my main GPUs have always been Nvidia). Budget allowed for a quad setup of 6770s being efficient.
AMD Athlon X3
ASUS generic DVD Burner
A WD Raptor 150GB I had as a backup drive that I could wipe and use.
Hyper 212 Cooler
2x4GB Corsair Vegeance RAM
4x HIS 6770s
Corsair 500R Black (best mid tower I could find with side fans for cooling and enough expansion slots at a good price with good quality build).
LEPA G900 PSU
2x 140mm Aerocool Shark Blue Fans
6x 120mm Aerocool Shark Blue Fans
1x 120mm black (leftover) Corsair fan
1x 200mm Cooler Master Side Fan
Cyberpower 900w UPS Backup
Acer 18.5" LCD (just a basic budget monitor)
Cheapo Pixxo KB/Mouse Combo
Rosewill USB wireless adapter
Windows 7 Pro x64
Had an ASUS Sabertooth that didn't accept 3 cards. It was a good board but only after trying the layout, I realized it didn't work... Whoops. Replaced with a Gigabyte UD7.
Everything was progressing well
Seeing as how I've not worked with this case before (and board), Gigabyte puts their supplimentary power connector at an odd right angle to the mainboard (and on a board as large as the UD7, it literally is a quarter inch from the 500R's case slant). Just a heads up that if you use this combo, the connector CAN NOT be connected without cutting the case.
4 hours later (I have limited tools available, alas, and that case steel powdercoat was surprisingly very tough to punch through).
After a few warm-up tests though, the singular side fan was swapped to the two 140mm fans for more air flow.
TEMPS. OH MY THE TEMPS!
I don't have screenshots or photos of them but the midde cards simply could not keep up at 100% fan - these simple cards at only ~110w I thought wouldn't dump that much heat but no... upper 80s C was normal. Time to revise things again.
Good news now is that the temps are under control, the cards have airflow and things are stable. Sliders are maxed in AB (though with the OC boost they seem to crash past 1,000mhz pretty quick). But really, for a system costing far above $1k now, I can't be happy with only 600MH now can I?
Post below for part 2 so as to not spam with one large entry...