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Gigabyte P55A-UD4P Upgrade questions

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January 4, 2013 3:14:24 AM

Hi, I'm looking to upgrade my rig and have a few questions.

This is my rig as it stands:
Intel i5 760 OCed to 4.00ghz
OCZ Vertex 4 SSD 128gb
WD Caviar Black 1tb
2x GTX 460 1gb SLI

Now a note on this motherboard in particular. If i want to use Sata 3 6gb/s it will disable my second PCIe slot and drop the first to 8X. Which obviously sucks. As such my SSD is running not much faster than my traditional drives.

My question for upgrading is; Would I benefit more from a new Mobo/CPU combo which will allow me to use Sata 3 with my current SLI configuration, or would I be better off upgrading my GPU to a GTX 670 and dropping the SLI config so that Sata 3 can be enabled?

Thank for any answers!

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January 4, 2013 10:01:34 PM

Didn't know your 460 used the small 1x pci-e. Doesn't it use the full size slot? The adapter sata card should fit one of the short pci-e slots. For your upgrade, depends on the price and overclocking potential. I'd go for a used sandy bridge cpu if that's what you want to save some $$. I've found some brand new 2600K's for $200 on craigslist.
January 4, 2013 10:12:39 PM

Its not that it uses the slot, it's more than there is very little space left after the 2 cards.

I could probably squeeze the card in between but will that have any negative heat effects? Either on the card because its sandwiched between the 460s, or the 460s themselves?

Also would the card offer the same speed as if I had a newer motherboard?

The benchmarks I am getting off this Vertex 4 are horrible at the moment and not anywhere near what they should be.