I am looking forward to build a gaming system with some restricted budget. Following is the configuration that I have finally decided. But I am not able to find out if this Motherboard is an SLI certified motherboard or not. Also if it would support I3 processor or not. Can someone please help me out. Hope an SLI with 460 would help me cover the next 5-7 years.
I already have a Seagate 500 GB HDD with 32 MB cache.
I am in search of a cheap motherboard that can do a 2 way SLI in x8/x8 configuration supporting DDR3 RAM. It may or may not support I- core family of processor. I mean I am good with Core 2 Duo Quad Core as well.
Earlier I did research on AMD based computer and came to the final conclusion. But with the release of GTX 460, there is no AMD motherboard supporting SLI.
AMD Phenom II x4 945
MSI 890 fX
ATI 5830 1GB
Kingston 2GB DDR3 X 2
Samsung DVD Writer
Corsair VX 850W
Hello. 5-7 Years is certainly pushing it though I'm not sure what you do...
First of all the 650 is not an i3 it is an i5. If you are talking about an i5 650 then I would advise you to reconsider your CPU choice. i5 6XX are not gaming CPUs, they are a waste of money for it. Instead your choices are i3 530 or i5 750, since you seem to be going for the 650 then I will assume this is your budget ($180). The 750 costs $190 and is a much better buy and will allow you to last longer without an upgrade. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
So Motherboard MSI P55-GD65 would support SLI.. I thought P55-GD65 wont support SLI. Instead MSI P55A-GD65 would support it. Please confirm. there is one more MSI P55-GD55. How about this one as well?
MSI motherboards are cheaper and still in budget for me rather than the Asus one.
So I would like to go with MSI motherboard but not sure which one.
Also would I3 530 be a good processor to handle SLI and would it be compatible with LGA 1156 motherboard.
I would do the SLI in some one year or so.
Great guys... That relieves me of some pressure/tension...
With CPU/Mobo decided.. I would be doing an SLI of 2 GTX 460. What do you think should be the power requirement. I dont think Nvidia says about the power requirement for a GTX 460 SLI.
What should be the PSU wattage and +12v requirement for both the cards?
I see that MSI P55-GD65 has i5/i7 support. I am not sure if it would support i3 as well. On some sites it say to upgrade bios. How would I update bios if it is a newly bought system with i3 already on it?
It was support since BIOS version V16, which was released on 12/28/09. I would figure the boards on the market now will have at least that BIOS or newer. If it doesn't come with the required BIOS, there are things that can be done to flash the BIOS, which we can cross at that time if need be
A 5970 can have a bit of a bottleneck with x8/x8 but the main reason is if you are running more than 2 cards. If you run more then two cards with a x8/x8 board it would be more like x8/x4/x4 where as running it on a x16/x16 board it would be x16/x8/x8.