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September 15, 2012 11:13:52 AM

Hello,
I'm looking for some advice on what motherboard to buy. I plan to buy an Intel i7 processor (Unsure of which right now) and run 2 Nvidia GTX 660Ti's (ASUS' DC20-2GD5) in SLI. The plan is to put 4GB of RAM in for now, but bump it to 8 if it becomes a requirement or I need it for some reason.

I'm not a complete computer noob, I've upgraded and modified PCs before, however this is the first time I've made one from the ground up, so I would like a little advice.

I'd welcome any suggestions about a good/large but relatively inexpensive case / SLI-safe PSU too, if anyone has the time.

Extra info:
My budget is fairly variable, but I can drop £120 a week into a "pot" for my motherboard. I'd hope to spend less than £600 on the motherboard and processor combined, but I'm willing to push it further if there is real reason to do so.

The aim of this PC is to make it now, so it's pretty close to the top possible, then use it for the next 5 years or so. I'm willing to pay a little more for extra future-proofing. (I just got my first job so new PC then transport is my plan).

I bought the graphics card expecting it to work in my current PC whilst I finished off some games (My previous card died) until I saved up the cash for the rest of my new PC. For some reason it doesn't. I came here presuming it was simply that I had too old a slot, but I'm not sure since I've seen reports of people running PCI3.0 cards in 1.1 slots just to test things. If anyone could help me with that I'd be happy. I'll make another thread with the info if needed.

Thanks very much :) 
a c 86 V Motherboard
September 15, 2012 11:41:27 AM

for a good psu and motherboard i would go for this PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£144.92 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Gold 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£109.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Total: £254.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-15 12:51 BST+0100)
a c 86 V Motherboard
September 15, 2012 12:01:12 PM

I am in u.s. but i tell you what i will do since i don't know what all is available to you i will make a list of recommended motherboards and cases mobo:ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

mobo:ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

mobo:GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

mobo:ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a c 86 V Motherboard
September 15, 2012 12:13:23 PM

Case:COOLER MASTER HAF XM RC-922XM-KKN1 Black Mesh, Plastic, Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Case:NZXT Phantom 410 CA-PH410-B1 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Case:COOLER MASTER CM Storm Series Trooper (SGC-5000-KKN1) Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:Antec Eleven Hundred Black Super Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Case:Corsair Carbide Series 400R Graphite grey and black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case

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

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
September 15, 2012 4:50:58 PM

Thanks for the links. I'll browse them later and see if anyhting is to my liking.
I'll reply if I find anything.
a c 86 V Motherboard
September 16, 2012 12:36:37 AM

no problem
September 18, 2012 10:51:37 AM

I've had a look and your initial suggestion seems pretty much perfect.

The Large case looks Excellent too.

Thanks a lot :) 
a c 86 V Motherboard
September 20, 2012 2:50:53 AM

Your very welcome!
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