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Hi all!
I would like my next build to be a tri-SLI GTX 580,but I would also have some room for a tuner card and a sound card (unless the on board audio is really good)

The vid cards will be water cooled.
Anybody knows if it's possible to fit all that on one mobo?
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Okay, some of my free PCI-E slots will be hidden under my double wide GTX 580 cards.
So I thought that maybe I could use these PCI-E extension ribbons to plug my TV tuner and audio card to slots hidden under the vid cards.
Would this work?
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Socket? CPU? Chipset?

Unless you watercool those GPUs with 1 PCI extension high waterblock, you will have problems to find either LGA1155 or LGA2011 board.

Some motherboards have decent audio like G1 Sniper 3, but isn't something like Xonar Essence.
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Originally Posted by DeXel View Post

Socket? CPU? Chipset?

CPU: 3930K
Socket: 2011
Chipset: X79

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Unless you watercool those GPUs with 1 PCI extension high waterblock, you will have problems to find either LGA1155 or LGA2011 board.

I don't understand what you are saying.... what do you mean by "extension high waterblock"?
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Some motherboards have decent audio like G1 Sniper 3, but isn't something like Xonar Essence.

I was hoping for the MSI Big Bang-XPower II or the ASRock X79 Extreme11.
They both have 7 PCI-E x16 slots so I could get these PCI-E x1 extensions to move my tuner and audio cards to below my mobo,
Would that work?
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Most air cooled GPUs use 2 PCI extension slots. In other words, they cover 2 PCI-E slots of a motherboard. With water cooling you can usually use all available PCI slots since waterblocks cover only 1 of them.

Extension cables should work.
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HHmmmm..... even with a water block making the card slimmer, I still would not be able to use the freed slot because the VGA card still is two brackets wide on the I/O back panel.

I sure hope those extension cables work. I could not find anyone who has made use of them yet.
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I have previously seen some GPU waterblocks to come 1 PCI high I/O bracket. And you can definitely find that bracket for some GPUs. Just look around if there is one for yours. That's assuming that all video outputs are located on the top "level"; otherwise, it won't work.

An extension cable is the cheapest way for sure.
Edited by DeXel - 12/10/12 at 2:04pm
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