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How do I find out if a motherboard can support 2 video cards?

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December 16, 2013 7:10:41 PM

I am new to computers and the familiarity is difficult. I am currently on new egg trying to find a motherboard in the 150-190 range for dual video cards. Does anyone know what I look for? PCI?
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December 16, 2013 7:35:39 PM

On newegg, under the specifications tab, it shows what SLI/crossfireX configurations are available. What CPU and specifications do you have?
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December 16, 2013 7:38:01 PM

Actually, it's PCIe not PCI that you want. Look for a MB that has 2 x PCIe X16 slots. Those are the slots that modern gfx cards slip into. But check the bandwidth. The PCIe X16 slots will be listed as X16, X16 or X16, X8 or X8, X8. But stay away from a MB that has its second slot only X4 bandwidth... i.e X16, X4.
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December 16, 2013 7:38:02 PM

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December 16, 2013 7:51:31 PM

Nuclear101 said:
On newegg, under the specifications tab, it shows what SLI/crossfireX configurations are available. What CPU and specifications do you have?


Thank you for the response...I currently have

H77 pro4/MVP motherboard

760 Gtx geforce nvidia

Intel i5-3450 CPU @ 3.10 GHz

I want to duel GPU 760's but I need a motherboard to support it, which is why I am currently here
seeking your computer wizards haha
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December 16, 2013 8:09:42 PM

Elrment said:
Nuclear101 said:
On newegg, under the specifications tab, it shows what SLI/crossfireX configurations are available. What CPU and specifications do you have?


Thank you for the response...I currently have

H77 pro4/MVP motherboard

760 Gtx geforce nvidia

Intel i5-3450 CPU @ 3.10 GHz

I want to duel GPU 760's but I need a motherboard to support it, which is why I am currently here
seeking your computer wizards haha


I will recommend upgrading to at least an i7 before SLI to prevent bottlenecks, and SLI is mainly for showing off unless you're gaming/HEAVY video editing on two or more monitors.
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December 16, 2013 8:17:31 PM

I will recommend upgrading to at least an i7 before SLI to prevent bottlenecks, and SLI is mainly for showing off unless you're gaming/HEAVY video editing on two or more monitors.[/quotemsg]

oh, alright thank you! Would upgrading this Motherboard but not "shot gunning" the video cards still be a good idea? I can just slowly upgrade to an i7 processor then do my upgrade to a gtx 760?

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December 16, 2013 8:47:21 PM

Elrment said:
I will recommend upgrading to at least an i7 before SLI to prevent bottlenecks, and SLI is mainly for showing off unless you're gaming/HEAVY video editing on two or more monitors.


oh, alright thank you! Would upgrading this Motherboard but not "shot gunning" the video cards still be a good idea? I can just slowly upgrade to an i7 processor then do my upgrade to a gtx 760?

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Yes, upgrading the motherboard to one that has PCIe 3.0 x16 will benefit your current GPU.
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December 16, 2013 9:32:19 PM

please note that (depending on the generation) most i7 uses a different socket than i5's, hence upgrading would mean getting a new board, possible a new set of ram (in case of a triple/quad channel)
a good i5 that is overclocked paired with a powerful gpu (even a single card) is already a very good build.

how much are you willing to spend?
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