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I have decided to get another 6950 to crossfire with my current one, but as my motherboard has only one PCI-E 2 x16 slot and one x4 slot, I'm going to get a new motherboard to go with the new card.

I'm not planning on upgrading my cpu anytime soon (keeping my current 2500k) so I don't need to worry about getting one compatible with IB, etc., I just need one that will have no bandwidth issues for my crossfire setup (at least two x8 PCI-E 2 slots), and maybe, if there's really no price premium ($15 extra or less probably), maybe one that would support tri-fire 6950s with no bandwidth issues at some point in the future if I so desired. *

Even knowing all of this though, there are just so many motherboards out there that I'm not really sure which I should be looking at... so which motherboards would you all recommend knowing all of this? (and keeping in mind that I would prefer to keep prices as low as they can feasibly be; I don't need a ton of features that I won't really be using, just a dependable motherboard with enough PCI-E 2 slots)

Thanks in advance!


*note: Support for tri-fire is not one of my most important criteria, just something that would be nice as an extra if it cost very little.
    
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I think you would be better off posting this in the intel motherboard section http://www.overclock.net/f/6/intel-motherboards More than likely more people with intel would hang out around there. (since this is the AMD section)

OT: What is your budget for a new motherboard?
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Woooops, don't know how I ended up posting this here, meant to put it in the intel section. I'll post it there.

In answer to the budget question: I was thinking that I probably wouldn't need to spend more than about $150 but would prefer to spend less if I could.
    
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