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What SLI Motherboard should I get?

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January 28, 2010 5:19:04 PM

My friend gave me a bunch of his old computer components, and I'm trying to figure out how to best put them all together. here is what I have:

Processor: E7500
RAM: 4 x 1GB samsung pc2-5300u-555-12, or 2 x 1GB DDR2, 800MHz memory (don't have the exact type in front of me)
GPU: 2 x 8800GTX
HD: 1 x 250GB Serial ATA, 7200RPM, 8MB Cache
PSU: Corsair CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V

I'm trying to spend as little money as possible, and want to run games like Mass Effect 2, Dragon Age, WoW, Diablo III, etc. on max settings.

Any suggestions on a motherboard, or any other components? This is my first time building a computer. Thanks for the help!

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January 28, 2010 5:34:32 PM

Not many SLI boards left. That Asus would be a good fit though. It will limit your overclocking ability some compared to a P45 or X38/48 board, but it still overclocks better and more reliably than the old 600 series boards :D .
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January 28, 2010 5:47:01 PM

Thanks for the quick response. Would it be better to get a newer p45 board and just run one of the cards, or go SLI with the Asus? How do you think these setups will run Mass Effect 2, Dragon age, Wow, etc.?
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January 28, 2010 5:51:18 PM

You might as well run both cards in SLI if you have them both and didn't pay anything for them. I would either do that or sell both cards and try to get enough for a new GPU like a 5770 or 5850. You could then get a nice board with a single PCI-E slot like this one.

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3L LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $89.99 - $10 MIR
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January 28, 2010 7:59:07 PM

Would the 5770 and gigabyte motherboard be dramatically better then the SLI setup? Sorry, I'm new to all this and still trying to get it all straight.
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February 8, 2010 1:11:33 PM

Best answer selected by swingcat8.
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