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Topic # 26706 1-Oct-2008 10:14
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I thought this might interest some people.
I have been wanting a PCIe x1 graphics card for some time so that I can hook up a third monitor to my work PC (motherboard is an intel D915GAG one x16 and one x1 slot)
I didnt like the prices though! So i had pretty much given up when i came across this link:

To summarise; The guy cut the pack off a PCIe x1 slot and stuck an x16 card in there.
I tried this last night and it worked :D so very very happy as that's saved me a great deal of frustration.
Now I'm not recommending that anyone actually tried this for the obvous reasons.. I definitely wouldnt be taking a soldering Iron to my GOOD pc.

Where it gets really interesting is that I have another old PC which I use for downloading. I'd like to put my HVR3000 in this PC and use it for Freeview HD but the cpu (Sempron 2600+) wont handle it and the motherboard (ASUS K8S-MX) only has AGP/PCI plus one PCIe X1 slot which (i thought) rules out GPU acceleration.
I tested the card for the intel board in the Asus board (more expendable) so i know it works. Tonight I buy an 8400GS and see if it'll allow me to decode 1080i h.264 with the sempron and over an x1 slot.

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Master Geek

  Reply # 168522 2-Oct-2008 05:34
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Nice bit of modding their. Lucky their were no components in the way of the graphics card. I only just got away with installing my hd4850 in the right slot lol. Anyway thanks for sharing it was an interesting read.

Goodluck with the h/w accel on pci-e 1x slot.

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  Reply # 168538 2-Oct-2008 09:07
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Bought an ASUS 8400GS yesterday and intstalled it last night.
It's worked perfectly so far; the TV3 recordings i had which would consume 50-60% CPU on my Pentium D 805 @ 3.6Ghz + 8800GTX system only used 10-13% CPU on the 1.6Ghz sempron + 8400GS.
Goes to show what a difference these modern cards make to HTPC's


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Master Geek

  Reply # 168541 2-Oct-2008 09:21
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Wow that's awesome man. Wish i could have made good use of my old parts as i have a hvr-3000 but unfortunately the old motherboard only has an agp and 2 pci slots :(

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