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adding a PCI slot on mobo

Discussion in 'Modding' started by tiro_uspsss, Jun 29, 2008.

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    tiro_uspsss Member

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    meh, I found out the whole PCI-X/PCI thing long ago - but this is my first mobo with PCI-X (as well as my first mobo with 2 sockets, 8 DIMM slots etc) - I guess its good I knew that about PCI-X/PCI - otherwise I would have been 'forced' to use the PCI slot above the one i'm modding ;) :thumbup:
     
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    so what sort of ram does this board take?

    It'd be interesting with a mid high range cheapish video card (given that it's only PCI-E x8) like an 8800GT and a boat load of ram with 2 core CPU's running :p

    good luck with it if you actually get two PCI-E slots on it you might be able to mod crossfire, or SLi onto it :lol:
     
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    max speed the mobo will recognise is DDR2-400 - on top of that it needs to be ECC & REG RAM - typical of a server :thumbup:

    as for PCIEx8 - I'm sticking in an Areca 1210 RAID card - but u could file open the slot so that it can take a PCIEx16 card (like a v.card - I have heard on the 'net of someone successfully doing this :D ) - having said that, I'm more of an ATi man myself - Tomshardware did a article late last yr, where they got diff high-end cards & ran them @ diff PCIE specs (x16,x8,x4) - for some weird reason, the NV cards take the hit in PCIE bandwidth more severely than the ATi's :shrug:

    like I said before - *if* this mod is successful, I will put on an extra PCIEx8 slot - the contacts are there on the mobo, right under the first PCIEx8 slot.. tho, according to the mobo, its physical size x8 slot, electrically its x4 lanes :( - still opens up the opportunity to put a v.card in that is more spec'd than the PCI v.card that i'm gonna use :D
     
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    Solder wick would have helped immensely :)
     
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    :confused:

    u wanna know how we did it? yes, thats right we - it ended up being a 2-man effort (thank u Dad!!!)
    Dad held the solder iron to the contact, & @ the right moment (when solder was liquid) I gave a quick burst of the air compressor (nozzle)! :lol::lol::lol: & *wooosh* out shoots the solder ROFL :D
     
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    Rofl, classic! :D:lol:

    I'm taking it you dont know what solder wick is, you can buy it from most electronic kind of places. Basically its braided copper thread that sucks up solder like a sponge. You could have literally done the entire connector in less than a minute.:thumbup:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solder_wick
     
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    The iRAM only hooks up the power signals, so should have no effect on the actual operation of the bus. PCI-X slots only run on 3.3V, they won't have 5V - the iRAM is a universal (3.3 OR 5) card, it should be happy either way.
     
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    ahh, ok, no - i didnt know what solder wick was :D :thumbup: is it this stuff:

    http://search.dse.com.au/search?p=K...7f9c06f0&isort=score&w=Desoldering Braid&rk=4

    cheers! on smaller desoldering jobs I usually use a desolder sucker:

    http://www.dse.com.au/cgi-bin/dse.storefront/4868d2620441e45e273fc0a87f9c06f0/Product/View/T2567

    I admittedly dont know too much about the i-RAM method of operating/power.. the PCI-X will still revert back to PCI due to the v.card i'll be using.. I thought the i-RAM needs both 3.3V (for powering the actual RAM) & 5V (for charging the battery) :shrug: :thumbup:
     
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    noted! thank u muchly! [​IMG]
     
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    nice work mate,

    got any links to the board and where to get the CPUs from? might be fun to play with :)
     
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    CPUs: ebay - & even then, u gotta wait for the 'right' price - they can be expensive as hell.. I got mine for a 'good' price, 2x 2Ghz for ~$230 delivered.

    mobo: http://www.centrix-intl.com/details.asp?productid=4675 - its new, its USD$60... 'heads-up' tho, shipping is USD$60 as well :(

    if u buy one, buy one for me too, just in case mine goes south from the mod :lol:

    edit: psst: could u pleeeease reply to my question in here: http://forums.overclockers.com.au/showthread.php?t=692585
    thank u very muchly :toast:
     
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    Sorry but I'm not going to read the 4 pages right now. I soldered wires from a molex to my i-ram to make it work outside of a pci slot. I'd suggest you do that, unless you have some really good soldering skills and a new pci slot you can just drop in.
     
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    thats cool :thumbup: lemme 'break it down' for u, as to why i'm doing it like this:

    the system in which I plan on putting the i-RAM, is gonna be my first 'major' build - i mean the whole nine-yards, no expense spared type thing, & thus it needs to have max aesthetic appeal :) :thumbup:

    yeah, I have a dead DFI expert here, so I have access to three bright yellow PCI slots :D - & my soldering skills? mm.. their not too shabby, I've always had good manual dexerity - plus theres always room for improvement :D :thumbup:

    Had it been another system, then yeah I would have taken a diff route, but this way is the most 'fun' :D ;) :thumbup:
     
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    This thread made my afternoon. Subscribed :)

    I desoldered an ISA slot once... took me a good hour or two. But PCI... ahhaah, nice work!
     
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    Don't discount this method too quick, it does work quite well. I've pulled the inserts out of pens and used them to blow the solder out, you can keep your 2 hands free when you stick the pen in your mouth, just don't suck in at the wrong time. Great for when you don't have any solderwick on hand
     
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    :lol::lol::lol: I told my Dad about ur pen thingy - he LOL'd :lol: :thumbup: :toast:
     
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    Thats a good idea.
     
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