Originally posted by konvick619
ok im planning to build my first pc but the parts i chosed are all sli supported such the ram motherboard psu and video card but the thing is i dont plan on going sli with the video card i chose. is their any disadvantages of have lots of sli supported parts with out going sli with the video card?
1) The PSU being SLI-certified just means it has enough power to run most SLI setups, according to manufacturer. It will work well with a normal system, but sometimes companies charge more for the PSU because of the SLI-ready sticker. The PSU you choose will depend on how much power your system needs.
2) I don't see how the RAM can be SLI ready, though. Memory doesn't have any relation whatsoever to SLI.
3) Concerning the video card, pretty much every mid-range and above card has SLI capabilities, so it's not like there's an alternative anyway (ie: there's no cheaper non-SLI version of a particular card). Just get the SLI card.
4) Finally, the motherboard is the only point where there may be a difference. For SLI, you need the motherboard to have an nVidia chipset*. But if you're getting an Intel Core 2 Duo for your new computer, you'd be better off with a motherboard with an Intel chipset, which doesn't support SLI (even if it has two PCIe slots). SLI motherboards are also usually more expensive.
*The chipset is the part of the motherboard in charge of the communication between CPU, RAM, video card, etc.