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I'm a Bitcoin/Litecoin miner and have a GA-970A-D3 motherboard + cpu for it laying around acting as a dust collector. I would love to implement it in to a mining rig as it would save me around $150 in parts...


the 1 problem i face atm is the SB heat sink is in my way!!

(And mind my use of the GA-990 Pictures, but its close enough to my GA-970 in the particular parts in talking about)

Now this image (Stolen from another thread, Thanks wink.gif ) is what I propose to do....


Then I simply cut/melt away the back of the PCI-e x1 plug and slip in the 16x GPU and its good to go for mining...

When I look at this image (Also stolen for another thread, Thanks again)


Its pretty close to the section of the SB that needs to contact the heat sink but should be just out of the way enough for me to do this and maintain full contact to it.

The reasons i would go to this trouble.....

Reason 1: As i said it will save me $150 in hardware

Reason 2: As pictured below i will fit 1 extra GPU in and that means more BTC/LTC the machine can generate.
(Yellow being if I leave mobo unmodified, red if i modify the heat sink)



I would love to hear your opinions, thoughts, feedback or ideas on this plan as it will help me make a decision on weather to do it or not. If its even a feasible idea or I'm just thinking crazy... smile.gif

Thanks in advance.



PS: before you question me putting 16x PCIe cards in 1x Slots bottlenecking them and all, This is strictly for BTC/LTC mining and running the 16x card in a 1x slot has no ill effect on the output power. Only if i was to say game or something would it have said ill effect.
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Try something like this
Face the heatpipe/fins towards cpu socket
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233021

I don't think you can put 16x card into 1x slot though, you will have to mod your slots like this
http://www.overclock.net/t/439190/great-news-pci-e-x1-folding-works
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Originally Posted by danielkim624 View Post

Try something like this
Face the heatpipe/fins towards cpu socket
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233021

I don't think you can put 16x card into 1x slot though, you will have to mod your slots like this
http://www.overclock.net/t/439190/great-news-pci-e-x1-folding-works


Oh that would be a good idea, and yeah if you read i did mention about modding the 1x Slot via cutting away the back of the plug smile.gif

thanks for the input

Edit: Cant seem to find a valid source for that heat sink that will be able to ship to Australia frown.gif
Edited by tylerrice - 5/15/13 at 5:02pm
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