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    Crossfire or Sli Mother boards

    I was wondering does having having 2 5770 make a big difference over just having one I have been getting mixed reviews that more than one card is not to good. Someone want to fill me in. Trying to find the right mother board for my i7 rig just wondering if 2 cards make a difference. Also if anyone wants to help me find a motherboard i would appreciate it. I want good sound quality i dont know if that apply to motherboards but i was searching and one of them had HD sound. Could i just add that later or it has to come with the motherboard.

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    Well, I personally dont like SLI/Crossfire. If I spend the money for two cards, I want 2x the performance all the time. That doesnt happen. Scaling can be from 0-100% depending on the game. Commonly you get 50-70% scaling or so. So it 'makes a difference'. I also wouldnt reccomend SLI/Crossfire for any resolution less than 1920x1080. If you can afford two 5770's, You can afford a single 5850.

    As far as sound, if you never had an external card, you will never know what you are missing. With that said, onboard sounds has come a long way. So try out the onboard first, if you like it, great! If not, get a sounds card.

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    what earthdog said, for motherboards, if you are ok with mATX boards. i have to suggest the one im using onboard is much better then some of the other past boards i have had. i am still going to use a add-in sound card for better sound quality.

    running two 5770's is like running 2 4850's, why? you can just spend a bit more and get that same performance in one gpu, the 5870.

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    Ok i think im planning on getting this motherboard what do you guys think. Will it be a good overclocker from what i read i think it is. I want to try an hit atleast
    4.0 ghz on my i7.
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...83734&CatId=13

    Do you guys know if this has the onboard sound as well. Thanks for your help if you guys find a better board or one that will do the same at a cheaper let me know.

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    which i7 do you want, LGA1366 or LGA1156?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evilsizer View Post
    which i7 do you want, LGA1366 or LGA1156?
    which would be better lol i dont know the difference between the two

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    It's prob better to get 1 powerful card, but sometimes you can only afford a bit at a time. Thats why I personally went with the 5770 and plan to get another later on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grasshoppa View Post
    It's prob better to get 1 powerful card, but sometimes you can only afford a bit at a time. Thats why I personally went with the 5770 and plan to get another later on.
    ya thats the reason i think im going to go for a crossfire board so the board i put up on my last post anyone know if thats a good mobo

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    tis board is cheaper and IMO better if you plan to oc.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128409
    still LGA1156 but since you are going to stick with a single card. there is IMO no reason to look at LGA1366 unless you just want the option of going with a 6 core cpu later down the road. if you go with LGA1366 then look at these two boards as they dont cost much more then the other i linked to.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157189
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157155
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131359

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evilsizer View Post
    tis board is cheaper and IMO better if you plan to oc.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128409
    still LGA1156 but since you are going to stick with a single card. there is IMO no reason to look at LGA1366 unless you just want the option of going with a 6 core cpu later down the road. if you go with LGA1366 then look at these two boards as they dont cost much more then the other i linked to.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157189
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157155
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131359
    is ASROCK a good brand and is it a good mobo for overclocking hoping to hit 4.0ghz some day lol

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    Asrock has gotten better with ocing, hitting 4ghz, i dunno. i would consider them a good brand but that is objective. i used their P55M-Pro board for a bit and really liked it alot.

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    what would be a good board that will let me overclock all the way to 4.0ghz i no its not all up to the board but i was reading that some boards really limit you so i want to get a board that i no will let me reach 4.0 if everything else is ok

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    well if you looking to go with a LGA1366 setup, for ATX. i have to say this IMO is min you should go with. there are others out there but for the price this one packs lot of features in it. namly for the fact it has a high amount phases for feeding the cpu vs a few others at that price point. if you want better from asus your going to pay a bit more.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128362

    if you going to go with LGA1156 here agian going based on the number of cpu phases. which is a huge factor is ocing quad core and quad core with HT. starting with lowest cost going up to highest.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131620
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128417
    stuck between those two for a first choice, because of price, PWM, slot layout.
    these are others for you ponder over...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131404
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131405
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128409
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131407
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131400

    as you notice some of the latter LGA1156 boards reach LGA1366 prices. its really up to you and there is a six core LGA1366 cpu with more to come if that matters to you. there are to many options and lines can be blurred between the two platforms.

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    going with crossfire or SLI has always worked out for me in the end personally. because i usually buy a card that is pretty decent at the time, and then wait for the price to drop on it to the point i can justify getting a 2nd one.

    Asrock is pretty decent. even though i have seen them flake out from time to time, overall i would say they are on the better side of things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evilsizer View Post
    well if you looking to go with a LGA1366 setup, for ATX. i have to say this IMO is min you should go with. there are others out there but for the price this one packs lot of features in it. namly for the fact it has a high amount phases for feeding the cpu vs a few others at that price point. if you want better from asus your going to pay a bit more.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128362

    if you going to go with LGA1156 here agian going based on the number of cpu phases. which is a huge factor is ocing quad core and quad core with HT. starting with lowest cost going up to highest.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131620
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128417
    stuck between those two for a first choice, because of price, PWM, slot layout.
    these are others for you ponder over...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131404
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131405
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128409
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131407
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131400

    as you notice some of the latter LGA1156 boards reach LGA1366 prices. its really up to you and there is a six core LGA1366 cpu with more to come if that matters to you. there are to many options and lines can be blurred between the two platforms.
    from some research i did im going to go with a LGA1366 and the first board you posted is the one im really likeing now 50 dollars over my budget but owell i like it lol just going to do some research on it first.

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    well after reading about a few having issues with the UD5 in ocing. i would say this is a better choice.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131403

    though i would look into a few other boards that are doing well. though i would have though the UD5 was doing rather well. might be the board needs a few more bios revisions first.

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