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August 6, 2010 5:24:02 AM

Alright so first off thank you to anyone who helps me in my little endeavor.


This is what I have in my current system:



CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory



Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive



Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit



AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor



ASUS M4A77TD ATX AMD Motherboard



RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-630SS 630W Modular LED Power Supply



GTX 470 Super Clocked graphics card ( http://www.evga.com/products/moreInfo.asp?pn=012-P3-147... )



Auzentech X-Fi Forte 7.1 PCI Express


Now what I plan to purchase in the very near future is a GTX 480 Super Clocked graphics card ( http://www.evga.com/products/moreInfo.asp?pn=015-P3-148... )and a Gelid Icy Vision VGA Video Card Cooler for it. I'd like to SLI both of the GTXs' together but the first issue i've run into is my motherboard.


Anyone have any recommendations for a motherboard that can not only take the memory that I have but have enough slots to hold my soundcard, both GTX's and the room to hold the card cooler and that it can take my processor.


These are two motherboard that I was looking at but im still not quite sure.


http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1372/1/


http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1362/1/


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a b V Motherboard
August 6, 2010 8:37:51 AM

Neither boards support SLI as far as I'm aware. You'll need a motherboard based with a nVidia nForce chipset, such as the Asus M4N98TD Evo or MSI NF980-G65.

Also, just so you know, you will need more than a 630 W for GTX 470 SLI - an 800 W PSU is needed to be safe.
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a c 136 V Motherboard
August 6, 2010 9:11:59 AM

+1^
None of those boards support SLI.
Also you mentioned that you want to get a GTX 480 and SLI it,you mean that you want to pair it with your GTX 470 ? if so then its no possible,because the cards have to be the same.
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a b V Motherboard
August 6, 2010 10:02:56 PM

You cannot SLI a 470 with a 480. You need two 480s or two 470s. As for the motherboards I also second either the ASUS M4N98TD Evo or MSI NF980-G65.
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August 7, 2010 5:52:30 AM

Best answer selected by Daratum.
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August 7, 2010 5:54:00 AM

Im looking at the MSI NF980-G65 would it be able to hold two GTX 470's and all the components I already have like the memory ?
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August 7, 2010 5:56:36 AM

The only concern is that it'll be able to hold the sounds card, two 470's and that fan I mentioned.
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a b V Motherboard
August 7, 2010 6:32:45 AM

It will hold the sound card fine (it's used in a PCI-E x1 slot right? If so then it will work), with the GELID Icy Vision you might need to put them in the first and third PCI-E x16 slots as the cooler is slightly bigger than a dual slot.
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August 7, 2010 4:11:44 PM

YEs, PCI Ex1 and alright, thanks!
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August 21, 2010 3:57:49 AM

Hey, which mobo did you end up getting, and how does it work?
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