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Rate my rig & advice on motherboard (crossfire'ing)

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April 5, 2012 11:39:45 AM

Hi all. I recently posted my first build 'spec' and have made some good changes (thanks for the advice). I'm now happy with pretty much all parts ( still considering changing the case). I'd apprecaite you rating my rig and advicing me whether my motherboard is good for crossfire'ing my hd 7850 in the future. The current mother board i've selected has a 16x and 4x pci. Based on my intention to crossfire in future, should i go for my alternate motherboard choice? Its about £30 more, but i have literally stretched my budget to the max!

Processor: Intel Core i5 Quad Core (2550K) 3.4GHz

Graphics: Single Radeon HD 7850 (intention to crossfire in future)

Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V LX S1155 Intel **OR** Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H (B3)

RAM: Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB 1600MHz

Power supply: Corsair Memory 600W Builder Series CX V2 ATX PSU

Case: Coolermast Elite 430

CPU cooler: Hyper 212 evo

And a few additional fans, depending ont he case I get.
April 18, 2012 12:39:30 AM

I personally think you should stick with the Asus motherboard. A few sata ports here don't matter THAT much. Hope you've either chosen or budgeted in a HDD and a GPU if your using one. Other than that, you have a pretty good, well balanced build here. Sucks that you had to stretch your budget out so far. Really makes things that much harder when unforeseen costs increases just pushes you build farther down the line.

And sorry it took so long to answer. I had this thread bookmarked a while back but never got around to posting.
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