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February 20, 2012 11:48:12 PM

I have an Intel Core i3-2120 processor and am trying to find the right board for it. I'm on a budget so I was planning on buying a Sapphire Radeon HD 6770 1GB with the intention of buying a 2nd next year. Do i need need 2 PCI express slots at 16x/16x or will 8x/8x or 16x/4x work for my needs?
Any specific recommendations would be great.
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February 21, 2012 12:22:28 AM

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I have an Intel Core i3-2120 processor and am trying to find the right board for it. I'm on a budget so I was planning on buying a Sapphire Radeon HD 6770 1GB with the intention of buying a 2nd next year. Do i need need 2 PCI express slots at 16x/16x or will 8x/8x or 16x/4x work for my needs?
Any specific recommendations would be great.


You would be fine with 16x/ 8 x, there is a big drop off with 16x / 4x but not sure how it would effect your 6770's in crossfire. With MIR this one is $95 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..., it's 16x/8x. This one is a bit more but has pcie 3 support http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ,
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February 21, 2012 12:39:49 AM

I notice that first board has the P67 chipset. Is there any advantage, from a gaming standpoint, to get a Z68 board instead of a P67?
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February 21, 2012 1:49:19 AM

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I notice that first board has the P67 chipset. Is there any advantage, from a gaming standpoint, to get a Z68 board instead of a P67?


The z68 gives you the ability to use your integrated video on your cpu and to use a small ssd to act as a cache for your traditional hardrive to speed it up. From a gaming stand point there is no advantage.
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February 21, 2012 2:01:56 AM

What resolution will you be using?
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February 21, 2012 2:10:48 AM

Thanks for the help. I have an old 19" samsung syncmaster 906bw until i can afford a new monitor. It runs at 1440x900. I'm hoping to get something bigger next year.
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February 21, 2012 2:20:03 AM

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Thanks for the help. I have an old 19" samsung syncmaster 906bw until i can afford a new monitor. It runs at 1440x900. I'm hoping to get something bigger next year.

The 6670 will run great on those resolutions.
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a b V Motherboard
February 21, 2012 6:43:11 AM

the hd 6770 is 5% better or more then hd 6670 so it will not be an good choice for that resolution you should go with hd 6770.:) 
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February 21, 2012 7:11:47 AM

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the hd 6770 is 5% better or more then hd 6670 so it will not be an good choice for that resolution you should go with hd 6770.:) 


think you meant go with 6670
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February 21, 2012 7:58:06 AM

Forget Crossfire and P67/Z68. Get a cheap H61 board and put the $60 you saved on the motherboard towards the card and get an HD6870.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 21, 2012 8:02:44 AM

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think you meant go with 6670

I think he meant the HD6770. The error is the 5% which I believe was supposed to be 50%(which is a bit of an overstatement but close enough.)
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a b V Motherboard
February 21, 2012 8:05:26 AM

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think you meant go with 6670


i meant an hd 6770.
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February 21, 2012 8:20:22 AM

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i meant an hd 6770.


the op stated that he was getting a 6770, that confused me
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February 21, 2012 8:20:57 AM

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i meant an hd 6770.


the op stated that he was getting a 6770, that confused me :pt1cable: 

edit:see what you mean, just really tired
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a b V Motherboard
February 21, 2012 8:28:16 AM

ivan, you have given there tha hd 6670 perform good at that resolution so i gave there it will be more better to get hd 6770 instead of hd 6670.:) dont be confused.:) 
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February 21, 2012 8:32:17 AM

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ivan, you have given there tha hd 6670 perform good at that resolution so i gave there it will be more better to get hd 6770 instead of hd 6670.:) dont be confused.:) 


Yeah I noticed after 15 minutes :)  I meant the 6770 at that point just typed in wrong one.
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February 21, 2012 2:46:24 PM

This topic has been moved from the section Graphics & Displays to section Motherboards & Memory by Mousemonkey
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a c 328 V Motherboard
February 21, 2012 4:24:55 PM

Why not get http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

U can run 2 cards @ x16 it is also great overclocker and much more.

Z68 is going to be Ivybridge compatible. H67 and P67. H61 is not.

So if u decide to add another card, u don't have to compromize on the speed and it will work with Ivy bridge CPU's, that are just coming out : ))

U cannot OC the H61. Big no no.
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February 21, 2012 5:31:28 PM

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February 21, 2012 5:41:14 PM

jyjjy said:
Forget Crossfire and P67/Z68. Get a cheap H61 board and put the $60 you saved on the motherboard towards the card and get an HD6870.

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


Thanks. The HD6870 appears to be worth every penny. But I want a better board for future upgradability. I'm thinking i'll go for this which is right at my $600 spending goal
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

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February 21, 2012 6:01:25 PM

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