my rig specs:
Motherboard:: DFI LP JR P45 T2RS
Graphics Card::radeon 2x 4850 in crossfire
Case::Supertalent ST161B Micro-ATX Tower, Black
Power Supply::Corsair TX850
Hard Drive::system:2x 150g velociraptor RAID0,
Operating System: 7 Ultimate
The GPUs are ASUS and they vent inside the case.. also they are right on top of each other on the mobo... I knew soon after I bought them that crossfire was not worth the squeeze but I gotta try every new thing on the market... I'm not happy with ATI in general.. I just got borderlands 2 and can't force v-sync even with radeon pro. I'm hearing nvidia/Phys-x is what's up for that game at least...
My mobo is designed for crossfire and has 2 PCIe 2.0 x16 slots but even with one card will only do x16 @ x8... can't seem to find any better mobos though. I need socket 775 with raid and PCIe2.0 if anyone knows a source. Hate to move on from this rig as the cpu retailed for about $1000 US.
Thanks for all the ideas.. I read the "Best video cards sept. 2012" article here and 7870 is soundin pretty good..... now to find the coolest running model on the above mentioned list.... Tom
PS.. I modded my case to accept extra fans and I think with a single card that vents outside the case..it will be fine. The coiled fan wires on the right are for 3 stealth fans that blow right on the cards(attached to case cover panel)This is a lan party rig...