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Need to replace motherboard to add SLI support

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WillJitsu

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My brother is going to be upgrading his video card soon, so I am going to get his nVidia 8800 GT 512 MB. I already have that exact same card, so I would like to run them in SLI. Unfortunately, my current motherboard does not support this. Can you let me know what is the best motherboard I can get to replace mine based on the specs in my signature?

Thanks!
 
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WillJitsu

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Bump.

Are there any other resources I can check to find a good motherboard if ya'll don't have any exact suggestions? Thanks!
 
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WillJitsu

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Ok, for the 780i chipset, it looks like these motherboards are certified for SLI:

ASUS P5N-T Deluxe
EVGA nForce 780i SLI
MSI P7N Diamond
XFX nForce 780i SLI

Anyone have personal experience with any of these?
 
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WillJitsu

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I think I am going to go with the EVGA. I noticed that in the description of the motherboard it says "Extreme DDR2 speeds with support for up to 1200MHz SLI-Ready memory". Does it require special memory to be able to run video cards in SLI? My current RAM is only 800MHz (PC-6400).
 

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HOnestly, I would sell both 8800gt's and get a single better card on your P35 chipset (GTX275?). Paying that much money for a board to get incosistent performance boosts just doesnt jive with my wallet.

I would be a tad concerned with the PSU only having 38A. Since its a good brand PSU, it will work, but there wont be a tremendous amount of headroom left on that thing.
 
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WillJitsu

WillJitsu

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HOnestly, I would sell both 8800gt's and get a single better card on your P35 chipset (GTX275?). Paying that much money for a board to get incosistent performance boosts just doesnt jive with my wallet.

Do you think it'd be smarter to keep my current setup and buy the ATI Radeon 5770?

I found the motherboard for $99 recertified and the video card looks like it costs about $180.
 

EarthDog

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You can get the 5770 for $165 shipped here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...d&bop=And&ActiveSearchResult=True&Order=PRICE

I would rather have that personally, and then make up the cost with your 8800gt for sale ($60 or so if sold here for example)

Its honestly a tough call. As you can tell, Im not a proponent of SLi/Crossfire. The 780i chipset can get your same clocks, but then again sometimes SLI scaling is non existent or not that great (note most of the time it works just fine).