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#31 frihyland

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 05:56 PM

Here's the cheapest motherboard I could find that would properly support your videocard investment. (You want x16/x16 pci3 support).
And heres a power supply that could feed that SLI.
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#32 Neovalen

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 08:57 PM

Thanks for the reply frihyland, actually looked at a few reviews and 8x/8x pci-e 3.0 shouldn't botteneck my 670 cards as they don't use up the full bandwidth unless I'm mistaken? I was looking into getthing this board.
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Posted 26 June 2012 - 01:16 AM

Thank you to everyone who contributed know-how to help with my build. Here is what I ended up with after much anguish and research:

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Power Supply: CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified
Motherboard: GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
Processor Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2
Processor Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10
Video Cards: 2 EVGA 04G-P4-2673-KR GeForce GTX 670 Superclocked+ w/Backplate 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 in SLI
SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 Series - MAX IOPS Edition VTX3MI-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) *Reused from my old cpu*
Hard Drive (Data): Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Expected Arrival Date For All Components: 6/28/2012.
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#34 stoppingby4now

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 01:16 AM

Thanks for that read sb4n. So from what I've read I've learned:

1. Ivy Bridge runs a little hotter than Sandy Bridge when overclocked, so will not achieve same Ghz level but performance will be the same-ish with less power draw.
2. Ivy Bridge has a few extra features such as built in graphics (great for those times when your video card goes out to test), more PCI-E 3.0 lanes, etc.

So I think Ivy Bridge is the right way to go instead of buying a generation back, even if I don't quite get the same Ghz numbers as Sandy Bridge. That sound about right?

No real flaw in that logic. Especially since you have two video cards, you have far more choices in MB's to support the full PCI-e x16 bandwidth on more than one lane.
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Posted 26 June 2012 - 01:19 AM

 

The general recommendation is that if you already have an overclockable sandy bridge there is absolutely no reason to buy an ivy bridge any pre sandy bridge chips could receive substantial benefit from an upgrade.

Whish is awesome as I am a sandy guy :D

And it does handle Skyrim quite nicely ...

 

I thought you had an i7 core? Or did you upgrade?


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