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RacerX 07-12-2005 12:59 AM

SLI motherboard
 
I'm leaning towards getting an SLI board with the intention of possibly adding another video card in the future. I won't be doing any overclocking or anything advanced with the comp, so what's the cheapest motherboard I can get away with that will allow me to get the most out of my 3700+ or 3800+ cpu and 6800 gt video card while being reliable and easy to assemble (hopefully with a good manual)?

Will this work, or is it junk?
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/Produc...iliate=bizrate

Thanks for any advice.

Luxar 07-12-2005 01:03 AM

Good choice if you're not overclocking(which you say you're not). It's reliable and has good software/installation support.

003 07-12-2005 01:05 AM

Here is a much better motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136157
Also, I would get a single 7800GTX because its cheaper than 2x 6800GT/Ultra and it beats two 6800 Ultras in SLI.

majistic 07-12-2005 01:08 AM

They are both very good... Get DFI if your going to OC.

Apokalipse 07-12-2005 01:10 AM

I would definately go for a DFI NF4 series motherboard. the SLI-DR if you're getting SLI, or the Ultra-D if you're not.
like 003 said, a 7800 GTX often outperforms 2 6800 Ultra's in SLI, plus you can get one in SLI later on.

you can even mod the Ultra-D to an SLI-D
http://myweb.cableone.net/mondo/sli1.jpg
http://myweb.cableone.net/mondo/sli2.jpg

or instead of pencil, you can use anything conductive, like solder

majistic 07-12-2005 01:16 AM

I wouldn't recommend even thinking about doing this unless, you really know what you are doing..

Apokalipse 07-12-2005 01:18 AM

there really isn't much to stuff up, it's just a bit of pencil between 2 contacts

RacerX 07-12-2005 01:20 AM

Quote:

Originally posted by 003
Also, I would get a single 7800GTX because its cheaper than 2x 6800GT/Ultra and it beats two 6800 Ultras in SLI.
Hehe, well, I can barely afford one 6800 gt right now... maybe in the future I can add another card :)

Quote:

Originally posted by apokalipse
I would definately go for a DFI NF4 series motherboard. the SLI-DR if you're getting SLI, or the Ultra-D if you're not.
like 003 said, a 7800 GTX often outperforms 2 6800 Ultra's in SLI, plus you can get one in SLI later on.

I'm not planning on doing any customizing to this pc, so would the $40+ more for the DFI board be worth it? If so, please explain how. This will be my first build and I have absolutely no knowledge about what makes one mobo better than the next.

Apokalipse 07-12-2005 01:24 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136152

this motherboard is really good because it will run very stably, you can mod it to an SLI-D if you get another 6800 GT, and is very tweakable. you'd rather have the options there and not use them, then to not have them, and one day need them

majistic 07-12-2005 01:26 AM

Still man... it's not something that should be done except for by the power user..

Quote:

Originally posted by apokalipse
there really isn't much to stuff up, it's just a bit of pencil between 2 contacts


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