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My 2nd videocard (CrossFire) broke; sent it in for repairs, and they'll ship me a new one (not a repaired one).

My PCI-slot broke, used for my soundcard (put soundcard in a different PCI-slot, it works perfectly, so assuming the bottom slot is broken). Mobo is still under warranty, but they want me to ship my whole mobo to them first at my expense, leaving me without a computer for at least a couple of weeks (for testing + repair + shipping); they won't cross-ship.

The working PCI-slot is between a pair of PCI-E slots, which is blocked by my 2nd videocard.

So... what do? I don't want to be without my desktop for a couple of weeks, but I also don't want my 2nd videocard to be a paperweight.

Should I:
a) Send the mobo and deal with not having a desktop for a couple of weeks.
b) Sell the 2nd videocard (HD5850; goes for ~$100 on eBay), and just stick with 1 videocard + working PCI-slot.


TL;DR: Bottom PCI slot broke for my soundcard. Upper PCI slot works fine, but it means not plugging in my 2nd videocard. What should I do (read choices a and b directly above this)?
Edited by nyforever - 2/18/12 at 1:05am
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http://www.plinkusa.net/webR1PCI1-1R.htm

Ever consider one of those? smile.gif
     
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http://www.plinkusa.net/webR1PCI1-1R.htm
Ever consider one of those? smile.gif

Hmm... didn't even know those things existed >.>.

Regardless, I don't think that will work, unless the ribbon's long to squeeze between the two videocards. frown.gif
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Buy a new MB, and sell the Referb when you get it back.. sucks but its an option.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by nyforever View Post

Hmm... didn't even know those things existed >.>.
Regardless, I don't think that will work, unless the ribbon's long to squeeze between the two videocards. frown.gif

They have other ones, that was just an example smile.gif I'm sure you could find one that would work.
     
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