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September 20, 2011 2:05:21 AM

Hello, I'm confused between LGA 1366 and 1155 Motherboards. I'll be gaming mainly so I'm buying an ASUS GTX 560 Ti CUII with a 720 watt gigabyte PSU and a 22" inch Samsung Full HD LED monitor. Please tell me which one would be better and a good example for each.

I'll go intel Core i7 - 960 for 1366 motherboards.
I'll go Core i5 2500K or i7 2600k for 1155 motherboards.

Notes: 1- I am buying ASUS motherboards only. (they're top-of-the-line, you know)
2- I may add a Asus GTX 560 Ti CUII later.
3- Any more advice is appreciated.

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September 20, 2011 2:12:49 AM

and please can someone tell me if the GTX 560 Ti can be tri-SLi'd and if it's effective?
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September 20, 2011 2:47:56 AM

I5 2500k is the value choice for gaming performance - start there. If you do a search for best PSU - you'll get some preferred suplies like Seasonic, Corsair, XFX, Antec, Enermax. Get a PSU that will fit your needs(if you want 3 GPUs)If you look back through some Z68 reviews you'll find http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z68a-gd80-p8z68-del...
-Bruce
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September 20, 2011 3:11:45 AM

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September 20, 2011 3:12:17 AM

dish_moose said:
I5 2500k is the value choice for gaming performance - start there. If you do a search for best PSU - you'll get some preferred suplies like Seasonic, Corsair, XFX, Antec, Enermax. Get a PSU that will fit your needs(if you want 3 GPUs)If you look back through some Z68 reviews you'll find http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z68a-gd80-p8z68-del...
-Bruce



Thanks for you quick reply!
But I've heard that 1155 boards are not good at multi GPUs, it this correct?
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September 20, 2011 3:15:44 AM

You can not three way the cards . The newer technology is with the 2500k but it is harder and more exspensive to find a motherboard to support sli. With the 1366 and a x-58 chipset motherboard you can sli easier but it is older technology .

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

These are the 1155 z68 motherboards the will suppoert sli.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
All of these 1366 x-58 motherboards will support sli.
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September 20, 2011 3:23:13 AM

Don007 said:
Thanks for you quick reply!
But I've heard that 1155 boards are not good at multi GPUs, it this correct?



The reason the 1155's are not good at supporting sli is because they share the lanes of the pci-e slots so that you don't get more than one x16 or x8 slot which is what you need for a video card. Some of the newer boards coming out are now starting to change that but it is making the boards more expensive. A good place to start is todays article in Tomshardware.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z68a-gd80-p8z68-del...

If a pci-e slot drops to either a x4 or x1 then you cannot use it for a video card in sli.
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September 20, 2011 4:08:46 AM

inzone said:
The reason the 1155's are not good at supporting sli is because they share the lanes of the pci-e slots so that you don't get more than one x16 or x8 slot which is what you need for a video card. Some of the newer boards coming out are now starting to change that but it is making the boards more expensive. A good place to start is todays article in Tomshardware.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z68a-gd80-p8z68-del...

If a pci-e slot drops to either a x4 or x1 then you cannot use it for a video card in sli.




so to sum it up the 1155 are good with dual SLi but more than that it's not effective?
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October 1, 2011 7:18:02 AM

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