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ohhh noes, I broke it!I am rebuilding/ updating my sig rig and when I was taking apart my TOXIC to clean the heatsink and replace TIM some (not all) of the plastic clips broke. One boke and I cursed but figured it would be ok, then a two more broke and I stopped.

The card is still in great working condition, does not overheat or anything but its time to replace the cooler with something else. I'm moving to water and exploring options, Do any of you know anything about the universal blocks? like the non-full covrage blocks.. are there any that fit the toxic? I know I'll need some little heat sinks to cooler the rest of the cards bits n bob's but I'm not liking the price for the current blocks frown.gif
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Update: card still seem's to work and cool just fine but I'm still changing to water on it anyway. As far as I can tell the xspc RayStrom Universal Block should fit, along with some RAM-sink's it should cool just fine.

Now for the bad new's. The TOXIC is moving from my rig to replace the 460 GTX in the back up rig.. Still love the card.

Not sure what I want to stick in my rig right now though.
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Hmmm, just stumbled across this tread, and I am new to this forum. I have two 6970s in crossifire, and would like some help with some basic settings, to get the best picture/frame rates to my 55" LED.

Also planning on setting up "eyefinity" in the future, with a 3x32inch panel set up.

Wondering if having only one card is enough, and if I am actually getting usable gains in using two in crossfire, or am I just pushing my PSU and running up my electric bill?

Any help would be appreciated.
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Hmmm, just stumbled across this tread, and I am new to this forum. I have two 6970s in crossifire, and would like some help with some basic settings, to get the best picture/frame rates to my 55" LED.

Also planning on setting up "eyefinity" in the future, with a 3x32inch panel set up.

Wondering if having only one card is enough, and if I am actually getting usable gains in using two in crossfire, or am I just pushing my PSU and running up my electric bill?

Any help would be appreciated.

You'll need to be a bit more specific than that mate... I don't have any experience with eyefinity but I could still help you figure out a bit.

What resolution is your screen? What exactly are you doing with your setup, just gaming?
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Hmmm, just stumbled across this tread, and I am new to this forum. I have two 6970s in crossifire, and would like some help with some basic settings, to get the best picture/frame rates to my 55" LED.

Also planning on setting up "eyefinity" in the future, with a 3x32inch panel set up.

Wondering if having only one card is enough, and if I am actually getting usable gains in using two in crossfire, or am I just pushing my PSU and running up my electric bill?

Any help would be appreciated.

yea, Need more detail's about the system and what you want to do with it.

I truly hope you are not thinking of using TV's as PC monitor's...
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Thanks to both for getting back so quick.

Currently, my system is:

Asus P8Z68 V-Pro
i7 2600 (no K, mistake)
32GB corsair vengeance 1600XMP ram
2x2GB Sapphire HD6970
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CM HAF-X 942 w/ Cougar 1080 gold PS

It is currently connected to my TV, and looks great, not sure why I should not connect to the TV, as stated in the reply. I have not started gaming on it just yet, working out a few kinks with the PCIe SATA card, that does not always show up on start. Now that the games drive is not dropping off, I am going to start installing the games on that drive. I just a wireless mouse and keyboard, to use/play on the 55 inch TV. But plan to get either 3 25 inch panels, or 3 32 inch panels. to run in eyefinity in the near future.

Still not sure if having both cards in crossfire is giving me gains, or just chewing up power. I guess I need to do some benchmarking, but never done that before, so have no clue where to start.

I have been building for years, but this is my first attempt at a gaming rig. It took a long time for the parts to come in, since I live in the Philippines, but order most of my parts from the US. (US army, retired)

Thanks for help in advance.
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Thanks to both for getting back so quick.

Currently, my system is:

Asus P8Z68 V-Pro
i7 2600 (no K, mistake)
32GB corsair vengeance 1600XMP ram
2x2GB Sapphire HD6970
Corsair GT 240 SSD C: OS
2x128 Crucial M4 D:games (stripped)
1x1TB WD caviar black E: downloads
2x1TB WD caviar green F: music and document (mirrored)
2x2TB WD caviar green M: movies (mirrored)
Asus DVD-RW Y:
Asus BD-RW Z:

CM HAF-X 942 w/ Cougar 1080 gold PS

It is currently connected to my TV, and looks great, not sure why I should not connect to the TV, as stated in the reply. I have not started gaming on it just yet, working out a few kinks with the PCIe SATA card, that does not always show up on start. Now that the games drive is not dropping off, I am going to start installing the games on that drive. I just a wireless mouse and keyboard, to use/play on the 55 inch TV. But plan to get either 3 25 inch panels, or 3 32 inch panels. to run in eyefinity in the near future.

Still not sure if having both cards in crossfire is giving me gains, or just chewing up power. I guess I need to do some benchmarking, but never done that before, so have no clue where to start.

I have been building for years, but this is my first attempt at a gaming rig. It took a long time for the parts to come in, since I live in the Philippines, but order most of my parts from the US. (US army, retired)

Thanks for help in advance.

In general TV's make terrible display's for PC gaming. Your money would be best spent on actual PC monitor's. Without going into crazy detail on the subject the main reasons are: response time's, input lag, ghosting, 60Hz interpolation(120Hz+ is horrible for gaming) and image scaling.
TV's think a lot about what they are displaying, PC monitor's are dumb and do what they are told for the most part.


As far as getting the best out of your current 55 inch TV use the VGA or labeled PC input if at all possible. Its hard to say weather or not your actually getting gain's using a second GPU with a TV. Most TV's are incapable of displaying more than 60 FPS, depends on the model..
Again you cannot do much. TV's think too much about what they are displaying.. That's a big reason console's work at around 30 fps and allow the TV to interpolate the other 30frames..

What TV are you using? your 6970's will power 3 display's, TV's or PC monitor's. How well will depend on what specific display's and desired game video setting's.
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I play some games on my tv and it really aint to bad. Not as good as on my monitor, sure. But if you're alright with it then don't worry to much man thumb.gif

If you're going to run 3 screens then think no further about 2 cards being a waste because they're not. Well, unless you're only going to play some really non demanding indie games or something. But I can't imagine someone getting a 3 screen setup just to do that! And yeh, benchmarks are always useful. I say keep the 2 cards. If they're easily handling what they need to handle for now then they'll last you longer before needing to upgrade. Also, it's not like they're both running at full power all the time so having 2 cards doesn't necessarily mean more power usage. Or at least not significantly more power usage. For example, if you're just watching a youtube video or something then the cards are going to be in some kind of low power state, maybe one of them will even be on standby in such a situation. You could have 2 cards at 50% usage during a game instead of one card at 100% as another example. But it's not like they're both going to be sapping up loads of power when they don't need it. Hope that helps?
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The TV I am using now, is a series 6, 55 inch, samsung LED. Dirt3 looks awesome on it, but I have not started really playing on the system yet, so time will tell if it is going to look bad on the TV or not. I am using the HDMI input, not the VGA (not sure if the TV support VGA)

When I go to the 3 panel displays, they will probably by monitors only, not TVs, but that will vary on the price. Electronics in the Philippines, are ridiculously overprices, import taxes, the only way the government can fund itself, so they charge 50% for import duties, which is passed on to the consumer. Some items are taxed at 100%, it is crazy.

Thanks for the info......
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Well I am looking forward to running three screens, hope it is as good as I believe it can be, especially for flight simulators. I figured that it would not be using 100% power on both cards all the time, and hopefully never. With the amount of power I am sucking with all the fans, LEDs and harddrives, I was starting to worry if my 1080watt PSU was enough. I scaled back the number of hard drives, just realized having 11 drives, was silly, I have redundancy with the drives I have running, and the last 3 were just gluttony.

I do most of my own wiring modifications for fans (I hate the 4 pin mole switch-backs, so I hard wire my fans together). With the fan on the CM V8 cooler, and the two fans on the video cards, I have a total of 9 fans running, and may install more. If I switch to the 2011 socket, then I will probably move to liquid cooling.

If you know, what is one of the best looking FPS on the market today? It has been a long time since I had a PC up and running, so I am not sure where to start, to see how good the graphics can be, with these cards. I have a PS3, but that is not that impressive, as I thought it would be (most games are 720, not 1080) I am hoping this computer will blow the PS3 away when it comes to graphics quality.

Thanks in advance, stalker6recon
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