It is likely wishful thinking to be able to do what I want to do, but I thought I would post here for some suggestions.
In the next little while I will be receiving a dell Poweredge T610 that I am going to start using as my main PC. The issue is, this system only has PCIe 8X slots.
I have done some research, and it seems as though the performance difference between placing a card in an 8X slot instead of a 16x slot is less then 7%, perfectly acceptable for me. I am not a hard core gamer by any stretch of the imagination, so even a performance drop of 25% would be acceptable to me.
That being said, I am trying to find the least invasive (that the right word?) way to place this card in the computer. I really don't want to cut the slot, because one slip and I ruin the motherboard of a system that still sells for $5000 used. Riser cards "Raise" the height of the slot, so I assume this means they won't fit into the place it needs to go on the back of the case. I have looked at the ones that have the cable even, but then how and where do I place the card in the case? I would like it to be as neat and tidy as possible, not a frankencomputer. I have even thought about modifying the card, but haven't seen anything on doing that, so don't know if I can, and that would make it so the card will never act like a 16x card again.
Please keep in mind, this computer is not in my possession yet, so all I have seen are pictures. I would just ideally like to get some suggestions on what other people have done, or things I could do, so if I need to buy any additional parts, etc I can order then right away instead of waiting.
Please, don't be shy. If I hear from enough people that have modded the 8x slots without issue, who knows, that may be all I need (Or the best option out there) So please, let me know your experiences/suggestions.