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I have an EVGA 131-GT-E767 mobo. When I bought it I didnt pay attention to some things that I have both learned on OCN and things that I didn't think I would use. My issues are:

1. My PCI express 2.0 ports are 16x, 8x, 8x So me running crossfire isn't as fast as it could be?
2. The PCI express 2.0 ports are so close to each other it is hard to keep my top card cool since the fans are one bottom of the cards there is maybe a 1/4" gap between the two cards.
3. I dont have any open PCI slots
4. I have to choose between a USB 3.0 contorller in my PCI 1.0 slot or a sound card (I use 3.0 a lot so its easier on FP) So i would like a mobo with a headder for USB 3.0 on it.

With those in mind is it worth spending $200 on a new mobo?

Thanks much!
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I have an EVGA 131-GT-E767 mobo. When I bought it I didnt pay attention to some things that I have both learned on OCN and things that I didn't think I would use. My issues are:
1. My PCI express 2.0 ports are 16x, 8x, 8x So me running crossfire isn't as fast as it could be?
2. The PCI express 2.0 ports are so close to each other it is hard to keep my top card cool since the fans are one bottom of the cards there is maybe a 1/4" gap between the two cards.
3. I dont have any open PCI slots
4. I have to choose between a USB 3.0 contorller in my PCI 1.0 slot or a sound card (I use 3.0 a lot so its easier on FP) So i would like a mobo with a headder for USB 3.0 on it.
With those in mind is it worth spending $200 on a new mobo?
Thanks much!

16x 16x is very rare for SLI/Crossfire. You can still do 3 way fine it looks like. Small space in between PCI e ports basically leads to water cooling....
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16x 16x is very rare for SLI/Crossfire. You can still do 3 way fine it looks like. Small space in between PCI e ports basically leads to water cooling....

I have found a few boards that do 16x 16x, and I have started to look into wc but only one of my gpu's is a ref card so i cant get a full block for it...
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I'd say that upgrading to 16x/16x isn't worth it but about cooling, I don't know.
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