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I think I am going to go with one GTX 580 for my new build instead of 2 460's. Will this motherboard allow me to add another in SLI down the road with no bottleneck? And will my CPU hold back the cards, it's going to be an i5 2500k.. Thanks for the replies

Forgot to add the motherboard, here it is http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157264&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=e3mecefga52u
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  1. Yes you could add a card, if you SLI them it would drop both cards to x8 (so it isn't really designed as an SLI boad) but I doubt a 580 could fully saturate 8 lanes.
  2. itzdanielp said:
    Yes you could add a card, if you SLI them it would drop both cards to x8 (so it isn't really designed as an SLI boad) but I doubt a 580 could fully saturate 8 lanes.


    Thanks for the quick reply, would you recommend a different board?
  3. Any board that is designed to run both cards at 16x will be more expensive.

    This board can have 2@16 and 2@8 simultaneously.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131760

    1 other thing... I would suggest not going with an ASRock board as I have seen a ton of issues with those.
  4. itzdanielp said:
    Any board that is designed to run both cards at 16x will be more expensive.

    This board can have 2@16 and 2@8 simultaneously.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131760

    1 other thing... I would suggest not going with an ASRock board as I have seen a ton of issues with those.


    Thanks for the info, do you think that I would need a bigger board, instead of the micro. I'm putting all this in a full tower and was wondering if I would have room to SLI. These cards are getting huge now days. lol
  5. yeah, the board I sent you first I saw after I linked it that it was the wrong one, my bad. The one I sent second (the expensive one) is actually an Extended ATX board, and will need a full Tower.
  6. itzdanielp said:
    yeah, the board I sent you first I saw after I linked it that it was the wrong one, my bad. The one I sent second (the expensive one) is actually an Extended ATX board, and will need a full Tower.


    Thanks again for you help! I think the build I'm going with is

    i5 2500k

    ASUS HD HDMI Monitor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236079

    CORSAIR Hydro Series Liquid CPU Cooling System
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181015

    GTX 460’s x2
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130565

    8 GIG Corsair RAM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820233185

    750 Watt Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021

    Computer Tower
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146067

    Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131760&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=ykhfpyakeww

    Windows 7
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116716

    Let me know what you think! =)
  7. I would opt for a less expensive mobo and one single GPU. gtx560 ti or gtx 570 or gtx 580.
  8. I was going to mention that instead of dual 460's if you can't afford 2, get one 560Ti, and get a second when you can afford it.

    My 560ti eats everything I send it, and I haven't had a problem.

    The RAM link is broken :( what was the speed of the RAM?
  9. Costs more right now, but if you watch it will go on sale occasionally. I'm not a big fan of the NZXT Phantom case, but if you are and that's what you have decided on, the NZXT Hale90 750 PSU has 62A on the 12V rail just like the Corsair PSU you have picked and is a nice match for the Phantom case:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817116011

    Definitely like the price on the Corsair if you buy today. If not, maybe keep an eye on the NZXT PSU just in case. I picked mine up for $80 on a shell shocker deal. I have the NZXT Hale90 650W PSU (in an Azza 2000 Hurrican case). Great quiet power supplies with stellar reviews.
  10. roscolo said:
    I would opt for a less expensive mobo and one single GPU. gtx560 ti or gtx 570 or gtx 580.


    The reason I was wanting that MoBo was for the PCIe 2x 16x, 16x.. As for the cards I thought just get the cheap ones now in SLI and when the 580s drop in price I can always upgrade to that. I just can't really see paying $500+ for one card. I've read that 2 460's can out perform 1 580, right? Here is a new link for that ram I was planning on getting, I think the other link was dead. =P http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233185

    Thanks for all the replies and info
  11. Everything looks good!

    even if you ran a SLI setup on 2 PCIe slots (x8, x8) you would not notice a performance hit as cards currently can not completely saturate the PCIe 2.0 Pipeline.

    I am not sure on the 460's outperforming a 580, the 580 is a beast.
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