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Can I fit two graphics cards ( width is to i/o covers (each) cards themeselves are only half this wide,) with a tuner and sound sound cards

I want to put in a tuner card, I have an old happage card that will do just fine, but i dont remeber if its an AGP or PCI but i can alwas get a new one, I also want to put a Xi-Fi Elite Pro Sound card in there as well, despite its name its not very big lol, all the tuner card has to do is play incoming video and record it, a radio feature would be nice but required.

any ideas on how I can get this in this mobo, even with the pci express cards being in awkward locations?
    
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Difficult to say... you have 3 PCI slots you'll need 2 unobstructed slots... just remember to have OB sound disabled in the BIOS!
    
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well if I cant, is there another mobo that will do that is just as sstable and has the came same overclocking ability? I heard DFI is better for OC'ing but isnt as stable? whats with that?
    
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The Asus A8N32 has 3 PCI slots - 2 of which are in between the GPUs. SO with 2 GPUS in SLi both of which a dual slot you will only end up with on spare PCI slot available and this will be in between the GPUs so not looking good from a space or a heat point of view.

The DFI Expert also 3 PCI slots all on the outside of the PCIe slots - 1 of which will be blocked by a dual slot GPU. This is likely to be your best option if needing 2 PCI slots & SLi GPU operation.
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I have the A8Nsli deluxe with TV TUNE CARD AND MY XFI CARD with plenty of room to fit a second 7800gt with full h/s
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The A8N is a different layout, has 3 PCI slots outside of the PCIe group - 2 of which would be free if SLi dual slot GPUs are used. He is asking about the A8N32...

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I have the A8Nsli deluxe with TV TUNE CARD AND MY XFI CARD with plenty of room to fit a second 7800gt with full h/s
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The A8N is a different layout, has 3 PCI slots outside of the PCIe group - 2 of which would be free if SLi dual slot GPUs are used. He is asking about the A8N32...
Sorry just offering an alternative to DFI .I understand that the dfi is a better 0/cing board but there is a lot of people that the dfi,s bios scares .
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ok thanks, ill look at the DFI Expert (it better have 2x pci express 16 lol)
    
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Do you have the board in hand? The board will take 3 pci cards inbetween two SLI PCI-E video cards (2 in between and one below) as long as the cards are single slot cooling. For example, my 7800GT's have zalman vf-700's on them thus taking two slots. All I have free is one PCI (which I use for SB audigy 2 zs). If you actually look at the board, you will see that it won't be an issue. I was intially concerned about layout for my setup when I bought the board but it really comes down to what kind of cooling your cards have. I don't have a gtx but I assume most models use a single height cooling solution.If they are dual slot you are out of luck. Incidently, Tom's Hardware, Anandtech and HardOCP all rate this board tops for OC purposes.

Not sure what you meant by this. Sorry if I misunderstood.

" width is to i/o covers (each) cards themeselves are only half this wide,) "

Only Asus and MSI have dual 16X on the market right now.
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Do you have the board in hand? The board will take 3 pci cards inbetween two SLI PCI-E video cards (2 in between and one below) as long as the cards are single slot cooling. For example, my 7800GT's have zalman vf-700's on them thus taking two slots. All I have free is one PCI (which I use for SB audigy 2 zs). If you actually look at the board, you will see that it won't be an issue. I was intially concerned about layout for my setup when I bought the board but it really comes down to what kind of cooling your cards have. I don't have a gtx but I assume most models use a single height cooling solution.If they are dual slot you are out of luck. Incidently, Tom's Hardware, Anandtech and HardOCP all rate this board tops for OC purposes.

Not sure what you meant by this. Sorry if I misunderstood.

" width is to i/o covers (each) cards themeselves are only half this wide,) "

Only Asus and MSI have dual 16X on the market right now.

the i/o cover makes the card look bigger than it is, and n0 I dont have the mobo yet, let me find a pic of the cards

btw, dosent asus use a higher bandwith for the pci express 16 slots?
    
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