Originally Posted by Warscreams
I just want to have the option to crossfire depending on the next gen cards release and if I want to upgrade to a more expensive card if its worth it.... price wise. Spending 300 on a mobo is not cheap but if it will let me crossfire and not have problems well then i'm ok with that. As well in future when i want to crossfire then i can with out hassle and dropping 160 into a recycle bin and then spending ...??? amount on mobo... Plus GPU prices... I am building my first computer ever and I do not want to have heating concerns. I might liquid cool my computer but i haven't done that much reading on it. But i know i will buy upgraded fan for cpu. Then check heat on GPU as well, then figure something out, as well as throw in another fan on top of case and (maybe one at the bottom,but that will be some nifty craftsmanship.)
i mean if you're sure you won't go the ib-e path when you upgrade from your current sb, then like you said yourself, dropping a bit of extra cash on a quality 1155 p67 or z68 isn't too bad of an idea. end of the day everyone wants there system to run cool, so having a decent pci-e spacing is rather important, and i don't think asus will stop making those gigantic 3 slot cards, but then again, no one knows for sure...
now, if you have next gen cards in mind, you might as well give your p8p67 to your brother and get a better board that supports pcie 3.0 as i believe the all new cards coming 2012 will be stepping away from pcie 2.x. they may well be backwards compatible, actually i'm pretty sure they will, but there is no reason why you would plan on buying new cards in a few months time knowing they may well be hindered in performance by your mobo choice of today, doesn't make much sense imo
so yeah, i think if money isn't too much of a problem, then go for a premium 1155 board (bit more future proof), and just be happy with it
btw, regarding watercooling, to be honest, those 3 slot asus cards are not really designed with watercooling in mind. i know the current triple slot 570 and 580s do have waterblocks available (i don't think the amd triple slot cards have waterblocks available though), but it did take ek quite some time to get those blocks out. what i'm trying to say is as long as you have decent case airflow, those triple slot cards will run cool and quiet in most scenarios Edited by erik257 - 12/16/11 at 3:18pm