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post #1 of 7
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Just bought 2 MSI gtx 580 Lightning cards from the old Amazon screwup. $360 each . OK, can someone tell me how or link me to the steps to correctly install both the cards in sli? I'm using an EVGA 285 FTW card now...should I use this card for physx?

This is my build (about 1.5yrs old now)

EVGA Classified 759
EVGA 285 FTW
Corsair 1000
i7 920 (DO stepping)
WD Caviar Black 1TB x3 raid 5 setup
GSkill 6GB 1600 DDR3 ram
Prolimatech Megahalem w/ shin etsu paste and Scyth slipstream fans
Antec 1200 case
Sony dvd
Kaze master fan controller
Logitech G15
W7
Samsung 1080p screen

I know I need to OC the 920. I plan on using the Guide to Overclocking the Core I7 920, 930, 950 to 4.0ghz thread and using Method #2: Quick and dirty method for 4ghz aka screw efficiency.

Any upgrades you guys would suggest to help take advantage of the 580's? I plan on buying a hi-res monitor, just one, soon.
post #2 of 7
Just install them in the PCI-E slots and connect them with a SLI bridge. After that you need to go into nVidia control panel and enable SLI. (Re-install drivers before enabling SLI). Make sure you OC your CPU though. At 2.66 ghz you'll have a massive bottleneck.
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6700K @ 4.8 GHz 1.35V Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 7 GTX 1080 Reference @ 2.05 / 11 GHz 32GB G.SKILL Ripjaws 3350 MHz 15-14-14-34-2T 1.35V 
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CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK-FB GA Z170X Monoblock EK-FC1080 GTX Waterblock/Backplate 2 * Dazmode Darkside LP360 MCP355 DDC @ 7V 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
9 * Corsair SP120 Quiet Edition @ 7V 8.1 Pro 12-bit Asus VG27HE 27" 1080p @ 145Hz Corsair Vengeance K60 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
SeaSonic SS-520FL2 - Fanless Fractal Design Define S Logitech G502 Proteus Core XTRAC PADS Ripper XXL 
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post #3 of 7
Basically what the above poster said. Unlatch your GTX285 and pull it out. Put the 580s in, connect the PSU cables, and attach them via the SLI bridge. Make sure drivers are up to date (probably best to reinstall with a new GPU) and enable SLI in the Nvidia control panel (right click anywhere on Desktop --> Nvidia Control Panel).
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post #4 of 7
Yep just reinstall the latest drivers that you like after installing both cards and connecting them with a SLI bridge. You may as well select custom instal and then clean install when installing the new drivers. This will remove any previous Nvidia settings you may have and start from scratch which is probably a good idea going from a 285 to SLI 580s.
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post #5 of 7
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Should the cards be placed back-back or skip a place(is that possible using the sli bridge?) and should/could I use the 285 for anything?
post #6 of 7
Yes according to specs I found for your mobo all three of your dual slot spaced PCIe lanes will run at x16 unless you do 3 way SLI and a physX card. So you would ideally want them with space for proper airflow between the cards and the SLI bridge included with them should be long enough to allow that. If you really wanted to you could run your 285 for PhysX also but that would draw more power than it's worth SLI 580s will have plenty of power.

Other than that what you can do is look into folding on your cards as they would be very very good at it, please consider folding under Syrillian's Army for atleast the 22nd-24th. More info can be found in my signature or if you have questions feel free to PM me.
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post #7 of 7
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My goodness....I finally got both lightnings installed. Thought I screwed something up but it ended up being a loose SATA cable I knocked out when installing the cards. I think I'm good now...just need to OC my 920.
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