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1150 Motherboard for 2 way SLI using 3 slot GPU's

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January 15, 2014 10:56:13 AM

Hi,
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.

Thank-you.

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.

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I72600K

CPU Cooling: CORSAIR Hydro Series H80i High Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 120mm

MB: P8P67 PRO Rev. B3

GPU: ASUS GTX680-DC2T-2GD5 GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B

SSD: Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F240GBGT-BK 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Hard Drive: Western Digital WD Black WD1502FAEX 1.5TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Opt Drive: Samsung DVD/CD unsure of model

Case: Thermaltake Chaser Series Chaser MK-I (VN300M1W2N) Black SECC ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Monitor X 3:ASUS VG278HE Black 27" 2ms (GTG) HDMI Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 50,000,000:1 Built-in Speakers 3D ready, Height, Swivel adjustable

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-10 days, or so

Budget Range: ~ $200-$400 USD, More if needed.

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.

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January 15, 2014 11:06:03 AM

+1 for white cat's sensible priced full atx.
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