Jul 30, 2006
  1. I don't know what to do :haha:
    I've been searching for hardwares for months but I cannot find anything.
    I have no time to search anymore and I hope someone can help. It's not
    easy because I don't need SLI. But there's only SLI with passive cooling
    and I need passive cooling! I'm not talking about ATI Crossfire because
    I want Geforce. The problem is that I cannot find a single motherboard
    with more PCI slots and there's no ordinary mb's with passive cooling!!
    Have you noticed that you cannot use the PCI slot under the graphic
    card on any board? And sometimes not even the next one...

    I found this but... well it's just an example on the problem.
    ABIT AN8-32X,nForce4 SLI X16 - Socket-939, ATX,
    4xSATAII, GbLAN, Firewire, PCI-Ex16

    It's hard to find a motherboard with a good layout. There's only 2 PCI slots
    on the board above and only 1 PCI will be availble if you run 2 graphic cards.
    I don't want to put my Creative Audigy 2 ZS PCI too close to the graphic
    card and it's impossible (even without passive cooling on the card) to use
    the PCI slot under the second PCI-E. There's more PCI's on some other
    mboards but then something else use to be bad. It must be hard to
    make it right with such little space :(

    Also I need PCI slots for a video card (composit)
    and for different controllers, like RAID or IDE.
  2. CrossFire851

    CrossFire851 TS Rookie Posts: 766

    Well that motherboard you posted is a ATX board, wich will fit in a standered case. You will need something like a sever mobo, but they usally only make them for sever based mobos (and will not fit in an ATX FORM FACTOR CASE). So you are going to have to do more searching.

    I will point you in the right dirction.
  3. RPSE

    RPSE TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ty CrossFire851

    Thanks CrossFire851 :)

    I see there's more PCI slots but I have to check some more later.
    I've always had ATX but it seems I have to get something else.

    I don't need SLI and I know nothing about servers. But
    I think I'll have problem with my ISP because I've read
    somewhere that they don't allow server apps...​
  4. CrossFire851

    CrossFire851 TS Rookie Posts: 766

    A sever is a computer. Nothing really differnet other then it's use.
  5. JC_SE

    JC_SE TS Rookie Posts: 34


    It's RPSE with new username.

    I know but it's still different. I think I'll have problem with my ISP if I run a server.
    So it seems I have to get SLI anyway because I want AMD 64 Nforce4 and support
    from Athlon 64 3700+, 64 FX, 64 X2 4200+ at least (socket 939). There's a Asus
    A8N32-SLI Deluxe with 3 PCI slots but 2 will be unusable when using two graphic
    cards and one is too close with one graphic card only. I'm playing games online
    and I need a quiet computer.
  6. JC_SE

    JC_SE TS Rookie Posts: 34

    PCI Extension

    I haven't seen any but there should be an external box for PCI cards since
    there's all too few slots on SLI mobos. I would have AMD 64 socket 939
    but I'll check out AM2 socket, nforce 590 and DDR2 also. But I wonder if
    can I use DDR1 on DDR2?
  7. CrossFire851

    CrossFire851 TS Rookie Posts: 766

    Nope, there is not a single differnce between a sever mobo and an atx mobo.
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