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ASUS M5A97 Motherboard SLI Support

Hello, I've been looking around on the web for a clear answer and cannot seem to get a direct answer. I am looking to build me a gaming computer and am looking at this package from newegg:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1307675

I like the fact that it has the 660 gpu in it and the fact that it is under budget after tax (850 budget).

My main concern is this, the motherboard says it can "support SLI", which I know it can, but it doesn't have two 16 pci slots. How will this alter the performance if I ever run SLI on this machine?

Here is a link to the motherboard:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131872

Also, this is my first time building a computer, if anyone out there can find me a better gaming rig for under $850 (8% sales tax), that would be great! Thanks!
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  1. That board doesn't support SLI, not even CrossfireX in a proper way. Worth telling Newegg that they advertised this wrong. You can find the board's info here: http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/M5A97_LE_R20/#specifications

    By "$850 (8% sales tax)", you meant a system that cost 850*(1-0.08) = 782 $ before taxes apply, right?
  2. Madn3ss795 said:
    That board doesn't support SLI, not even CrossfireX in a proper way. Worth telling Newegg that they advertised this wrong. You can find the board's info here: http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/M5A97_LE_R20/#specifications

    By "$850 (8% sales tax)", you meant a system that cost 850*(1-0.08) = 782 $ before taxes apply, right?


    Yes, by saying that there is an 8% sales tax i mean that it should come in around $782. Sorry, thought I put that some where in my post!
  3. I think this setup should do. You'll have to order parts from different stores and assemble them yourself, thou. Just google videos about how to assemble them if you run into troubles. As for gaming performance: much better than Newegg's system, plus get you some games for free:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($144.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston XMP Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($53.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($309.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.79 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($45.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $762.71
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-28 01:17 EDT-0400)
  4. Madn3ss795 said:
    I think this setup should do. You'll have to order parts from different stores and assemble them yourself, thou. Just google videos about how to assemble them if you run into troubles. As for gaming performance: much better than Newegg's system, plus get you some games for free:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($144.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston XMP Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($53.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($309.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.79 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($45.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $762.71
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-28 01:17 EDT-0400)



    Wow! Thank you for replying! I really like this build! As for assembling the computer, that is actually preferred by me! One question though, will the 550w power supply be enough?

    Thanks so much!
  5. Best answer
    Yes even if you want to put in a GTX780 in the future :P And don't forget to pick the best answer when everything are solved :bounce:
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