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Mining on a prebuilt (Dell, HP, Lenovo, Acer)

Could I just get some PCIe risers, plug them into the machine, install the GPU's in a frame, install a mining linux distro on it, and mine away, or is there anything else I need to consider? I found plenty with 3 to 5 PCIe lanes, x16 and x1, sometimes x4. Mainly from the sandy bridge to Haswell generation. Anything funky that I should know about these manufacturers in terms of this?

 

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the PSU capability

and are all lanes available at once? sometimes some slots are disabled if you use certain lanes. (ie, m.2 drive sometimes disable some x1 lanes)

 

some weird errors may occur too, i recently ran into an issue where i got B1InitializeLibrary error when plugging more than 2 GPU into a system, even though my board has 4 PCIE slots

My PC: Desky | Beddie | Miney 01 | Money 01 | Benchie

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Corsair - very good RMA experience, absolutely recommend

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Gigabyte: horrible customer service (gigabyte had literally 0 customer service, asked me to go to retailer with NO WAY to email them about a question) but at least they fixed my shit in ONE MONTH (would probably take me 1 hour to fix if they let me email them)

XiaoMi Phones: built like a tank but the software is buggy as all hell

Seagate HDD: had too many dead seagate drives

Kingston SSD: 300V controller swap thingy

Razer (except their mouse)

Remember, just because I had good/bad experiences with these companies/product, doesn't mean you will have similar experiences too. I would still recommend these products if they made sense for your needs, but I'll add a disclaimer of my experience if it's relevant. Feel free to DM me asking why they are where they are.

 

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8 hours ago, Moonzy said:

the PSU capability

and are all lanes available at once? sometimes some slots are disabled if you use certain lanes. (ie, m.2 drive sometimes disable some x1 lanes)

 

some weird errors may occur too, i recently ran into an issue where i got B1InitializeLibrary error when plugging more than 2 GPU into a system, even though my board has 4 PCIE slots

Yeah, I will definitely replace or add a nice 90+ gold psu to the system.

I dont think Sandy bridge to hazwell prebuilt PC's have  m.2 slots, so no errors there.

What was that on? That is more of a software/bios issue, not a having more than 2 gpus in a system. Were you using PCIe  risers with the 1x slots or was it 4 x16 slots right on the motherboard?

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Just now, JoeAceJR said:

Yeah, I will definitely replace or add a nice 90+ gold psu to the system.

does the system use standard pins for the rest of the system? pre-built likes to use their own thing

 

1 minute ago, JoeAceJR said:

What was that on? That is more of a software/bios issue, not a having more than 2 gpus in a system. Were you using PCIe  risers with the 1x slots or was it 4 x16 slots right on the motherboard?

it's a bios issue i reckon, i updated bios and it bricked, so no idea

 

4 GPU on 1x risers

My PC: Desky | Beddie | Miney 01 | Money 01 | Benchie

Things I need help with: (nothing at the moment)

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none atm

I hate Intel's pricing, Ryzen's weird quirks, Nvidia's pricing, and Radeon GPUs in general

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Products I like:

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Sony Xperia Z1 / Z2 / 10 ii, Asus Strix 970 / 1070, Samsung SSD, WD HDD, Corsair PSUs (AX, RM, CX(grey)), GeForce GPU, NZXT N450/S340, be quiet! Coolers, G.Skill Trident RAM, Logitech M525, Logitech G440, Razer Deathadder Elite

Products I hate:

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Xperia Z3, XiaoMi 5c, Radeon GPUs, Razer Audio Products, any bloatwares

Companies I absolutely adore: (and hope it stays that way)

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be quiet! - sent me AM4 mounting for my DRP3 even though it's way past the timeframe stated, no questions asked

Corsair - very good RMA experience, absolutely recommend

Companies I hate:

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Nvidia, Intel, Apple, TMT (Thundermatch, a retailer)

Personal Blacklisted Companies:

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Acer: shit tier quality products, shit tier customer service thus far, they "tried" to solve my issue but they arent really doing anything but delaying and delaying. (on-going case since July)

Gigabyte: horrible customer service (gigabyte had literally 0 customer service, asked me to go to retailer with NO WAY to email them about a question) but at least they fixed my shit in ONE MONTH (would probably take me 1 hour to fix if they let me email them)

XiaoMi Phones: built like a tank but the software is buggy as all hell

Seagate HDD: had too many dead seagate drives

Kingston SSD: 300V controller swap thingy

Razer (except their mouse)

Remember, just because I had good/bad experiences with these companies/product, doesn't mean you will have similar experiences too. I would still recommend these products if they made sense for your needs, but I'll add a disclaimer of my experience if it's relevant. Feel free to DM me asking why they are where they are.

 

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1 hour ago, Moonzy said:

does the system use standard pins for the rest of the system? pre-built likes to use their own thing

 

it's a bios issue i reckon, i updated bios and it bricked, so no idea

 

4 GPU on 1x risers

1. Whichever prebuilt I do get, I can always adapt the 24 pin to 8 pin, or just make sure it has a 24 pin slot. The 4 pin could just come  from a 4+4 cpu connector from the psu. 

2. If you werent referring to the 24 pin connector, what were you referring to?

3. Was that in a  prebuilt PC like a dell/hp/acer? Which model was it, if it was a prebuilt?

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Just now, JoeAceJR said:

Was that in a  prebuilt PC like a dell/hp/acer? Which model was it, if it was a prebuilt?

custom PC, Asus B150 pro gaming aura board

 

1 minute ago, JoeAceJR said:

Whichever prebuilt I do get, I can always adapt the 24 pin to 8 pin, or just make sure it has a 24 pin slot. The 4 pin could just come  from a 4+4 cpu connector from the psu. 

sure if you're that handy

My PC: Desky | Beddie | Miney 01 | Money 01 | Benchie

Things I need help with: (nothing at the moment)

Spoiler

none atm

I hate Intel's pricing, Ryzen's weird quirks, Nvidia's pricing, and Radeon GPUs in general

Spoiler

Products I like:

Spoiler

Sony Xperia Z1 / Z2 / 10 ii, Asus Strix 970 / 1070, Samsung SSD, WD HDD, Corsair PSUs (AX, RM, CX(grey)), GeForce GPU, NZXT N450/S340, be quiet! Coolers, G.Skill Trident RAM, Logitech M525, Logitech G440, Razer Deathadder Elite

Products I hate:

Spoiler

Xperia Z3, XiaoMi 5c, Radeon GPUs, Razer Audio Products, any bloatwares

Companies I absolutely adore: (and hope it stays that way)

Spoiler

be quiet! - sent me AM4 mounting for my DRP3 even though it's way past the timeframe stated, no questions asked

Corsair - very good RMA experience, absolutely recommend

Companies I hate:

Spoiler

Nvidia, Intel, Apple, TMT (Thundermatch, a retailer)

Personal Blacklisted Companies:

Spoiler

Acer: shit tier quality products, shit tier customer service thus far, they "tried" to solve my issue but they arent really doing anything but delaying and delaying. (on-going case since July)

Gigabyte: horrible customer service (gigabyte had literally 0 customer service, asked me to go to retailer with NO WAY to email them about a question) but at least they fixed my shit in ONE MONTH (would probably take me 1 hour to fix if they let me email them)

XiaoMi Phones: built like a tank but the software is buggy as all hell

Seagate HDD: had too many dead seagate drives

Kingston SSD: 300V controller swap thingy

Razer (except their mouse)

Remember, just because I had good/bad experiences with these companies/product, doesn't mean you will have similar experiences too. I would still recommend these products if they made sense for your needs, but I'll add a disclaimer of my experience if it's relevant. Feel free to DM me asking why they are where they are.

 

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