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January 15, 2009 5:17:33 PM

Hello everyone my first post this is,


I'm building a new rig, i need some help choosing a motherboard, i've already got a AMD 5400. So i need a motherboard now, but i dont have much knowledge on them so im relying on your lots knowledge. I want the motherboard to allow me to have SLI option and atleast 4gb ram. Im willing to pay upto a maximum of 80 pounds.
Shall i get this one ?
Remeber i'am going to put a 9600GT in it.



Thanks alot, i patiently await a reply.

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a b V Motherboard
January 15, 2009 7:57:16 PM

Welcome to the forums!

That GA-MA770-DS3 board does not support SLI (or Crossfire). It has a single PCI-E x16 slot.

Do you already have the 9600GT?
January 15, 2009 7:59:28 PM

No i don't. Does it make a differance? Does the motherboard allor ATi cards too?
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a b V Motherboard
January 15, 2009 8:19:48 PM

That particular motherboard doesn't support more than a single card. It just doesn't have a second slot, you know.

Since you don't have a video card yet it means you get also look at Crossfire boards. It's good to have more options.

There are the AM2+ boards at ebuyer between 50 and 100 pounds:
http://www.ebuyer.com/search?page=1&cat=222&q=AM2+&minprice=50&maxprice=100



January 16, 2009 8:21:51 AM

I like the first one, though should i get a normal motherboard with no SLi, then buy a good graphics card?
a b V Motherboard
January 16, 2009 12:43:45 PM

That's usually an excellent idea, but it means you have to spend more on the graphics card up front. Yes, if that's possible do it. It would mean avoiding flaky SLI motherboards, as well as avoiding weak performance in games that aren't optimized for Crossfire at all.

You could try that GA-MA770-DS3 (60 pounds) with a GTX 260 Core 216 or a HD 4870 1GB.

XFX GTX260 £218.52
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/155104

PowerColor HD 4870 1GB £211.10
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/155218

They trade blows in reviews, each winning some games. I'm mentioning these two cards because they are the closest thing to 9600GT SLI you can get as a single card these days.

Keep in mind that you need at least a 525W PSU for these cards (OK, 500W for the HD 4870, whatever). If your case is smallish the HD 4870 has a better chance to fit because it's smaller.
January 16, 2009 5:35:26 PM

Ummm, i'n really going to be hard core gaming, maybe just games like like football manager and AE3. So know high end games like COD4 or Crysis. So i was thinking of going for a 8800gt. So that 60 pound motherboard will it be able to run a 8800gt and a AMD 5400+? if so the next stage is knowing which psu to get how many watts or volatage?



BTW, thanks for helping me out.
January 16, 2009 5:37:56 PM

Ummm, i'n really NOT going to be hard core gaming, maybe just games like like football manager and AE3. So no high end games like COD4 or Crysis. So i was thinking of going for a 8800gt. So that 60 pound motherboard will it be able to run a 8800gt and a AMD 5400+? if so the next stage is knowing which psu to get how many watts or volatage?



BTW, thanks for helping me out.
a b V Motherboard
January 16, 2009 5:52:52 PM

Yes, it can run an 8800GT. However, I wouldn't buy an 8800GT these days. It's based on older technology and overpriced. For example at ebuyer an 8800GT 512MB costs 161 pounds. You can get a faster card (HD 4850) for 118 or 120 pounds:
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/146705
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/148468

Avoid the 8800GT 256 MB, that one is handicapped by too little RAM.

There's a BFG 9800GTX+ at ebuyer too, but it's 163 pounds. With the HD 4850 at 120 pounds, a fair price for that BFG would have been 110 pounds, not 163.

With either 9800GTX+ or HD 4850 you'd need "at least 450W" according to the card manufacturers.

Here's a decent PSU for example:
Gigabyte ODIN GT 550W ATX2.2 Dual-SLi Compliant Modular PSU (GE-S550A-D1) 57.49 pounds
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA-021-GI
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