eVGA x58 3xSLI stretched primar PCI-E slot

February 5, 2010 at 06:04:04
Specs: Windows XP
Since yesterday my pc doesn't want to load windows, it goes as far as windows logo and then auto reset while on monitor appears 'no signal' msg.
When I examined the inside of the case I noticed that due to the weight of my graphic card(GTX280 with heatsink & water cooling) the primary PCI-E slot is bent. So not knowing much bout hardware my question is can I use one of the other 2 slots as a primary? Could dis damage affect the preformance of the mobo or the graphic card?

Thanks
Thomas
Just to add:
I just red the mobo manual and they said that the 2nd slot aswell work on x16 if 2 cards were installed. Is this mean that I can use it as primary?


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#1
February 5, 2010 at 06:45:15
Try to install the second slot and see what happens, "due to weight the pci-e slot bent" u didn't install the graphic card correct.

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#2
February 5, 2010 at 06:59:19
graphic card was fine for the last 6 months since I have the computer and it wasn't opened for any reason since y-day. So I just don't have any other explanation why the slot could stretch like this?!?!. The card was still all d way in the slot and it was still locked properly just it was leaning on the lower side of the slot, not making a connection with upper side.
Thanks for the respond.

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#3
February 5, 2010 at 07:23:10
Let say u manage to install in a second slot, what will happen in few month, the pci-e x16 slot will bent again due to weight, u need to find permanent solution.

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#4
February 5, 2010 at 07:43:48
Yes I get your point I though the same. I didn't build the pc tho. In this case would be better if the case was horizontally oriented so the mobo will lay flat. Or may be would be fine if the graphic card was in original condition with the fan instead the heavier heatsink, waterblock, and liquid filled tubes.
But first thing first I will be happy if the pc is working again. then I will worry how to secure it. Thats why I want to know if I can install my graphic card on the second slot, because I dnt want to cause more damage!
Thanks
Thaks

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#5
February 5, 2010 at 08:04:58
U have to try it bcause u have no other option (if u don't want to try your other option is to buy new board (x58) which isn't cheap) Read the board manual and see if u can cause other damage if the second is used.

edit.. If the system is still under warranty u better return it.


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