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April 11, 2013 10:32:25 PM

So I'm buying a new motherboard soon and have little experience with motherboards so I'm gonna what's going to be put in it and if someone could point me in the right direction that would be swell :) 
GPU: Gtx 660 ti x3
Intel core i7 2600 @ 3.4 ghz x1
8 gb ram (4 2gb sticks)
1 tb 7200 baracuda HDD x1
240 gb Muskin chronos deluxe SATA-600, roughly 500 read and write
Bluray player.
These are essentials but I also want 3 , 3.0 PCI slots to optimize my 660 ti's, when I finally have 3 as that's the plan. I currently have single :p 
Budget is £150 for the motherboard, thanks in advance.

Also on a sidenote, if anybody knows a better SSD than the one I mentioned above in my specs, for a similar price, please mention it and I'll look into it

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April 11, 2013 10:41:17 PM

That cpu will not run 3 pcie@16 at all.
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April 11, 2013 10:43:30 PM

Seriously all sandy bridge non E don't even do pcie3. It will still work i have a 680 with a 2600k but 3 660s may not be the best route to go here. If tri sli is what you want i would go socket 2011 pricey but tri sli is just that.
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April 11, 2013 10:50:52 PM

So what about just dual sli, will my CPU support that?
In fact sorry, can my CPU support 3 way 660 ti's in PCI 2.0, not 3.0?
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April 11, 2013 10:57:20 PM

freshbakd said:
That cpu will not run 3 pcie@16 at all.


What does "@16" mean?
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April 11, 2013 11:01:04 PM

@16 is like the bandwidth speed for the pci-e slot .. so your graphics card will probably run x16 with one card (full speed) if you have SLI or CrossfireX (with 2 cards) it will run x8 and x8
however, the difference between the speeds isn't a huge difference
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April 11, 2013 11:01:07 PM

It will support it and very well but you will not have the full bandwith you were asking for.I just want you to have an idea of what your doing here.Make sure if you sli or multi card in any way have a good power supply.My opinion a single card will be a lot easier to learn with no profiles or anything to be confused by.
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April 11, 2013 11:07:39 PM

With how much you are willing to invest in gpu i would actually consider a titan...never thought i would tell someone that lol. Do you already have the said 2600k and or the other parts listed? If not consider a more up to date one socket 2011 or ivy bridge.If already owned no reason to upgrade not enough performance jump, and would stick with the dual sli or single more powerful solution.
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April 11, 2013 11:18:56 PM

freshbakd said:
With how much you are willing to invest in gpu i would actually consider a titan...never thought i would tell someone that lol. Do you already have the said 2600k and or the other parts listed? If not consider a more up to date one socket 2011 or ivy bridge.If already owned no reason to upgrade not enough performance jump, and would stick with the dual sli or single more powerful solution.

My current setup is all of the above except I don't have the SSD yet and I'm currently rocking 1 Asus 660 ti dcu TOP, which can be clocked faster than a reference 670, and when I think about I just couldn't cool 3 cards with my current case so yeah, I'll go with dual Sli and buy another 660 ti. And haha, I work at a freaking furniture village cleaning tables so a Titan is a long way away XD. I'm currently saving for a 120 hz panel, mobo and SSD to complete my build as I'm still using my old Dell XPS 8300 motherboard which only has 1 card slot and is dated. So if I only have 2 cards, can I still use PCI 3 ? And oh yeah, thanks for the rapid responses really (-:
Also, my case is Aerocool xpredator x1 with 4 fans currently, capable 2 more with my PSU which is a Corsair CX 650 watt << which I may need to upgrade when I go SLI, I'll check that
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April 11, 2013 11:29:13 PM

Good stuff that sounds more realistic. You now have a plan i actually had a bum board same cpu. Got an asrock z77 extreme4 cheap works great odd placement for the standoffs you actually lose a front one "weak" but great for the price.
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April 11, 2013 11:36:42 PM

freshbakd said:
Good stuff that sounds more realistic. You now have a plan i actually had a bum board same cpu. Got an asrock z77 extreme4 cheap works great odd placement for the standoffs you actually lose a front one "weak" but great for the price.

Okay great, so Is the Board suggested above still necessary for only 2 cards? That board just seemed to have too many features I don't need like tons of USB 3 slots and 3D bios which I'm not familiar with. I just need a board that has 2 PC.3 slots and can carry the rest of my stuff :p 

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April 12, 2013 1:23:17 AM

Yes that board will do just fine.
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April 12, 2013 2:31:26 AM

The more pricey one has just a few more things another sata port either or will do fine. If your looking for cheaper.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
These are fine as well.
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April 12, 2013 3:01:07 AM

freshbakd said:
The more pricey one has just a few more things another sata port either or will do fine. If your looking for cheaper.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
These are fine as well.

Ahh yes, those boards look much more ideal and they'r MUCH cheaper :)  I will probably go with the MSI one because it has "one second overcloking" which I might use in the future and I prefer MSI. Nice one :D 
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