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PSU, useage, advice, SLI (resell of my old parts as a whole computer)

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November 10, 2011 10:34:04 PM

Hi, hello and greetings!

Well, my question is, even after having looked around here and there,
especially here. :) 

Well it's like this, I got a M2N-32 SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition, it's
from around 2006 I believe? Kicks real hard anyway, didn't need to upgrade
really at all but .. to the question :) 

I got now:

MB'S:
GA-MA790FXT-UD5P (Gigabyte with XF, so no SLI..)(Gift, using 4 GB 1600Mhz DDR3)
M2N-32 SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition (ASUS, I like ASUS a lot)

CPU's:
AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE (3,4 - OC NP, atm 3680mhz, 8MB Cache, 140w, 45 nm )
AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Windsor 3.0GHz Socket AM2 125W Dual-Core Processor
(Had a quad 2,5GHZ, gave it to my sis. What doesn't a brother do for his lil sister :) )

GFX's cards:
2x GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB, 90 nm, GDDR3, DX 10, GPU G80

PSU:
700 W SLI-Ready OCZ, made for NVIDIA
Unknown PSU from 2004

Well, so I want to sell the:
M2N-32 SLI~ board, with the 8800 GTS in SLI, with the Athlon 64 X2 6000+.
(1066MHZ 2 GB RAM DDR2) Kingston DDR2 HyperX PC8500 2GB KIT CL5

But now I figure, looking at prices some months ago I couldn't find a MB that had SLI
and didn't cost a fortune.. But now seeing they have developed MB's with both SLI and XF,
maybe snatch one of those? Because ok, my computer is really fast, click - opened.
But the graphics is worse than if I used the M2N-32 MB, since no SLI.

I tried searching if there was a way to fix this, using a XF MB. And so I found something
that should fix that, some string only to confirm SLI should work etc, and yeah I can enable it now.
Problem is.. Then I have to reinstall drivers, resolution gets lowered and I can't see any difference.

M2N-32 ~ does not support the CPU (the best one I have), but it can run it, you just have to
use NVIDIA control panel and set the settings yourself. So yeah I had that running a while,
not a single problem. Only had 2 GB Read only Access Memory, so I bought 2 more sticks.
Totalt of 4, which I read wasn't really supported, because at that time nobody really could
afford more than 2 sticks. But after having done that, the problems started, thought CPU heat,
bought new paste, no change. I used other timings than said on the sticks, but they were sticks
from two brands. One saying 2,1 v and the other 2,2. So I had all from 2,2 to 2,15 etc, different
timings, no luck.

That's when I got the gigabyte MB as a gift, problem solved. Had to buy new memory,
also invested in a water cooler, fan for the memories and a larger SSD (60GB).

So.. Sorry for the long introduction, but details are very important sometimes!
But I wonder, I mean the PSU from 2004, doesn't even have a PCI-e power cord,
so I wonder if it would even power one of the cards. So how much watt does a
PSU need to run the:
M2N-32, 2x GeForce 8800 GTS, Athlon 64 X2 6000+, one SATA 80GB, one IDE 250GB
and possibly a DVD/CD/burner. (Don't have one on my main, using external USB.)

That, or try to go back to the older motherboard, since I think it was the memories
who were in conflict, it was totally random. Since I mean I want SLI .. or XF,
but then I'd have to sell that rig I would construct first before I could buy new GFX
card/s! BTW! Any suggestions for good cards, with the MB I use now?
Or any other suggestions at all?! :) 

Thanks for reading all this and how I in the future can improve my posts since
I fear this might be a lot to read, but that's computers for ya sometimes I suppose!

Have a wonderful and glorious day my friends!

- Silvershade


November 11, 2011 7:08:43 PM

Well, I ended up buying a 500 Watt PSU with SLI for 2 cards, as if 450 Watt held 2-3 months,
I'm guessing it only lacked a little, and then I even used the Phenom X4 9850 BE overklocked :p 

Wish me luck, getting some money, so going for.. either new mb, memory, cpu and one gfx card
or, better cpu, memory(more/faster), and dual gfx cards! and yeah I need hdd's.. :S
!