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Looking for a Z68/P67 board with a top PCIe 1x and TriSLI with dual spacing in between each

post #1 of 17
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So, kind of an odd request, but here's the deal.

I have a Gigabyte Z68XP-UD4 which is a great board and I've had it for about 5 months, but I want better audio, I want an X-Fi Titanium HD. But my board only has 2 PCIe 1x slots. One is blocked my the cooler on my top 580, and the other one would block my fan intake on that same 580. So I want a board with a top PCIe 1x, that's a simple task. But I'm looking for a board that has the possibility of future TriSLI with perhaps another 580 Xtreme, so along with that I'd like each card to have a slot of breathing room.

At the same time, I'm looking to move to a newer, larger case, with better airflow. The HAF932 has good airflow but I can't help but think there is a better option. I'd watercool but my cards don't have any waterblocks available, at least not yet. If you know of a place that sells full coverage waterblocks for lightnings then the spaces can be much closer. Other option is to try and sell these cards and get reference 3GB EVGA cards and not be worried. But I'm still working on that side of things.

So does a board like this exist? I couldn't seem to find anything
post #2 of 17
www.nurhakim.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/MSI-Z68A-GD80.jpg
Edited by raclimja - 11/20/11 at 3:49am
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http://www.evga.com/products/moreInfo.asp?pn=160-SB-E689-K2&family=Motherboard%20Family&series=Intel%20Z68%20Series%20Family&sw=5

EVGA z68 FTW

you can put a pcie x1 sound card in the top pci express slot and have the rest open for 3 way sli
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And I find plenty of those, but those only supply a single space between GPU 2 and 3. GPU 2 would completely cook. These aren't blower fans. If I went that route I might as well sell these cards and go with reference ones to watercool.
post #5 of 17
sorry something wrong with my computer

the EVGA Z68 FTW. I think it still fits in the HAF932
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I plan on buying a new case anyways so size of the motherboard is of nearly no concern.

Z68 FTW still won't do for aircooling Tri-SLI. For 3 cards to cool right with these TwinFrozr III coolers, it needs a slot in between not including the cooler, which makes my choices very tough at this point. I suppose I should be happy with Dual SLI at this point and just upgrade to fully watercooled with ivybridge comes around.

I appreciate the help, but I think perhaps simply nothing exists for what I need.

Edit: Actually, it seems the P67 MSI Big Bang is the only board that would work for me. I never saw it in my searches.

Newegg only has it as an open box unfortunately.

My proposed layout would perfectly be:
-SoundCard
-GTX580
-Cooler
-AirSpace
-GTX580
-Cooler
-AirSpace
-GTX580
-Cooler
-AirSpace
Edited by Crest - 11/20/11 at 4:11am
post #7 of 17
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Seems my posts aren't editing properly.

Actually, it seems the P67 MSI Big Bang is the only board that would work for me. I never saw it in my searches.

Newegg only has it as an open box unfortunately.

My proposed layout would perfectly be:
-SoundCard
-GTX580
-Cooler
-AirSpace
-GTX580
-Cooler
-AirSpace
-GTX580
-Cooler
-AirSpace

If I watercooled, I'd love for it to be:
-Soundcard
-GTX580
-Waterblock
-GTX580
-Waterblock
-GTX580
-Waterblock
post #8 of 17
You will have to look for something else then a ATX.

also your case does not have more then 7 expansion slots, the solution you are looking for would make a total of 9, so you need to change case.

1. PCI 1x
2. PCI ex
3. Cooler
4. Free
5. PCI ex
6. Cooler
7. Free
8. PCI ex
9. Cooler
Edited by Eggy88 - 11/20/11 at 4:19am
post #9 of 17
make that 9:

1. PCI 1x
2. PCI ex
3. Cooler
4. Free
5. PCI ex
6. Cooler
7. Free
8. PCI ex
9. Cooler
post #10 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by Crest View Post

Seems my posts aren't editing properly.
Actually, it seems the P67 MSI Big Bang is the only board that would work for me. I never saw it in my searches.
Newegg only has it as an open box unfortunately.
My proposed layout would perfectly be:
-SoundCard
-GTX580
-Cooler
-AirSpace
-GTX580
-Cooler
-AirSpace
-GTX580
-Cooler
-AirSpace
If I watercooled, I'd love for it to be:
-Soundcard
-GTX580
-Waterblock
-GTX580
-Waterblock
-GTX580
-Waterblock

even though the card physically will fit in any of them the cards still need to go in slots 1/5/3 and 7. meaning you still run into problems. I dont think there is a board out there that will do what you want due to these limitations.
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