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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.
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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=N82E16813130583, it's 16x/8x. This one is a bit more but has pcie 3 support http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128495 ,
  2. 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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    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.
  4. What resolution will you be using?
  5. 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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    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.
  7. 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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    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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    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=N82E16813157241
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161389
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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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    think you meant go with 6670


    i meant an hd 6770.
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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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    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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    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=N82E16813157241
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161389


    This is a much better idea +1. (Best Answer)
  15. 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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    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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  18. Why not get http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

    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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  20. 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=N82E16813157241
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161389


    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?WishListNumber=23417447
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