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Merg- Yeah, the cards are going to be watercooled (blocks are already in the mail...) I figured 2 should be enough for my 3 Asus VE278Q monitors....although 1 of the monitors might be going to a different build...Plus I have a bandwidth problem (x16 with 1, x8 with 2, and x4 with 3) I don't game too much right now (no time,) but I do have Skyrim and have been playing it here and there.

I've got one running right now on a single monitor, and have to say that I really like the 6970s!

Are you still running eyefinity and running into issues? I may have to rethink it......
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I'm not running eyefinity, but CesarNYC was and mentioned about frame rates once or twice. He wasn't particularly unhappy but had mentioned them along with his gpu temps.

I'm playing a ton of Skyrim, and I can see my two cards both working in the 80% area while playing. That's using one monitor on 1080p with everything in the game cranked as high as it will go. (I'm also getting some "mirco-stutter" issues in some areas in the game with the newest drivers..

I just thought I would mention, in case you were planning on eyefinity, that 3 x 6970 would be better horsepower for three monitors. It's unfortunate about your mobo limitation for three cards, but there's nothing wrong with 2 8x. That's what I'm using now and it works fine. You only lose something like 2% performance using 8x over 16x. Still though, Skyrim and BF3 can really give these two cards a workout.
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For some reason I was thinking you were running the same monitor setup as me...I did think about 3 6970s, but it would require a different motherboard and I already have the mobo blocks...I could upgrade to the Asus z68 deluxe mobo (the blocks will fit it,) but I haven't looked to see what the specs are. At the rate I'm going, the new chipsets will be out before I get this done!

In the meantime, I've been working on my media center as well...little lian li pc-v351A case, asus z68 pro-m mobo, 2500k, Force 3 60gb SSD, 2- Hitachi 2TB HDDs, Ceton CableCard quad tuner, and onboard graphics...I've got a build log for it, but haven't posted it yet as I want to finish the aquacube first. The lian-li is air cooled by all of those NoiseBlocker fans I bought a while back.
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Lol, your HTPC sounds as good as my main PC.

What's up with the tuner? How does it work (if you don't mind me asking)? In our city we end up getting stuck with a cable box for digital, and of course you can only get the channel the cable box is tuned to. No matter how expensive your TV is, and how good a tuner(s) it comes with, you're stuck using the cable company's cable box.

Does the card you have find a way around that?

Sigh, after a worrisome day at work, there's nothing like relaxing on my computer and watching Peter being silly (avatar).
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If you have digital cable, the cablecard tuner eliminates the need for the cable box. It uses a little card that you get from the cable company that contains all of your subscription information. The only downside to it is that you can't get the OnDemand services. It also handles all of the HD channels, HBO, Showtime, etc...They've been out for a little over a year here in the states. If you want more info, do a search on newegg for cablecard or you can go to cetoncorp for info on the one I got.
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That's pretty sweet, but I doubt Shaw in our area has this card available yet. I'll definitely look into it though, thanks.
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I know they are compatible with all of the major cable systems in the U.S....not sure for you guys North of the border though....
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Hola gentlemen. Yeah, Eyefinity is nothing to sneeze at. Maxing out games with a three monitor set up is not always possible, even with CFX.

I have heard of the Ceton InfiniTV 4, sounds like a good unit. I saw that Hauppauge has their own cable card tuner, WinTV-DCR-2650, and I considered buying that one. My only problem is I currently have satellite for my tv service, so I am on the fence about going through with all the changes. I had a HTPC years ago with a pretty good Nvidia two tuner TV card and really enjoyed it, so I may go ahead with it, I dunno. Did you have any issue activating your cable card? I have read it's hit or miss, some times it's a pairing issue, sometimes needing some type of adapter if HD and SD signal is on the same channel.

All I know is if I bork up the living room TV my wife will be extremely displeased.
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The Hauppage is really similar in how it works to the Ceton box and card. SiliconDust makes a couple of them also, but they only run over the network. I'm not sure about the Hauppage but the Ceton does both. It doesn't use the network unless another pc is using one of the tuners. That was the big reason I decided on the Ceton tuner...4 tuners for up to 4 different pc's or recording 4 channels at once.

As far as activating the cablecard, it kind of depends on the cable company. I know a few places have had trouble getting them activated. I think it is mainly a training issue as it is a relatively new technology (couple of years with the pc tuners) I haven't paired mine yet...I'm still working on the system, but will be done with it in about a week. Luckily I know exactly what to ask for with the cable company as a friend of mine just got his up and running.

Cesar...How is your build coming along?
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Hey Cesar. How's it going?

Those cards sound great, but I can't find anything about them on my service providers site. I'd love to get one just because of the PVR functions. Everyone would be able to record anything they wanted on their own PC over the network, that would be great.
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