I could use some help choosing a LGA1150 motherboard. Budget is $200-$400 USD, and is flexible (higher or lower) based on recommendations, and my computer is used for playing games and surfing the internet.
The reason I feel I need advice is because a number of months back I purchased a second Asus GTX680 DC2T (3 slot GPU) and when I installed it and got everything set-up and working I noticed that the cards were getting rather warm and causing my monitors to black out for a few seconds while gaming and then resuming display. I powered down and removed the second gpu, rebooted, and reset everything and had no issues. I then repeated the process and used the other gpu by itself and also had no problems, so I believe the problem is with my current mobo (Asus P8P67-PRO) not having enough space for airflow between the gpu's. I temporarily reinstalled both gpu's to test my thoughts, left the side panel off, and directed a small fan at the space between the gpu's and played a variety of games for a few hours without re-encountering the high temps or the black-outs.
So, to sum it all up I am looking for a LGA1150 motherboard that will allow me to use the two 3 slot cards and also has at least one expansion slot of space between them and will run them at a minimum of X8/X8.
P.S, I work weekdays from 8-4 central time so unless work is slow it may take time to add any info I have left out.
My current components not including the I7 4770k as it isnt compatible yet.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming > All else, with internet browsing a distant 2nd.
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: Motherboard LGA1150
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, Tiger Direct, but also open to suggestions.
Location: Jamestown,ND USA
Parts Preferences: Typically I prefer Asus parts but brand really isn't a deal breaker.
Overclocking: Yes, but nothing extreme.
SLI or Crossfire: Yes, 2-way SLI
Your Monitor Resolution:1920X1080 (5760X1080 where applicable)
Additional Comments: Wow, Final Fantasy, Elder Scrolls, many shooter games and misc.others.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Recieved an I7 4770k for x-mas and rather than return I figure I might as well update my computer a bit and use components I have laying around to build my niece a decent computer for college.