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Originally Posted by magic8192 View Post

The 2011 socket is Intel's high end socket. It supports quad channel memory, Sandy Bridge-E, Xeon chips, and PCIE 3.0. If you are doing single card gaming, you probably won't see much difference between 1155 and 2011.

1155 with 7 series chipset supports PCI-E 3.0
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Originally Posted by zacharias View Post

That's reassuring to hear.
However my intention is to hook up 2 GTX690's in SLi and run about 3-4 monitors for my setup.
Would a 2011 socket motherboard and SLi GTX690's produce significantly better performance than a 1155 socket motherboard with SLi GTX690's (if that's even possible)?
What's the difference between Sandy Bridge and Sandy Bridge E?
The 1155 socket also supports SLi and PCI-E 3.0 though right?
Thanks. (I'm trying to find the cheapest 2011 socket motherboard on www.price.com.hk)

Yes.
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Originally Posted by 2slick4u View Post

It wont be cheap going the 2011 route, youre better off going for a ivy bridge 1155 with a 3570k or a 3770k

Indeed.
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Originally Posted by 2slick4u View Post

The pro would be the best choice for your budget i would say!

I would take the pro also.
I would also look at:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128546 (GA-Z77X-D3H)
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Now. Do you really need two 690s? One 690 would run three 1080p monitors (hell, likely would a 680 too) and with less potential heartache. Two 690s in SLI is essentially quad-SLI. Scaling begins to suck big time at that point.

Also unless something has changed nvidia surround only supports 3 monitors.
An HD 7970* would do much better if you wanted 3 or more monitors (Eyefinity/Surround)

For three or more monitors I would build:

Board: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128546
CPU: i5 3570K (the 2400 is fine also, can swap out later).
RAM: SAMSUNG 8GB (2 x 4GB) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147096
GPU: MSI R7970 Lightning - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127670 OR ASUS HD7970-DC2-3GD5 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121560
PSU: Rosewill CAPSTONE Series CAPSTONE-750-M - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182264 OR Rosewill CAPSTONE Series CAPSTONE-750 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182073 (non modular)

Benefit? Save a truckload with an HD 7970* and a lower wattage/cheaper PSU (Rosewill are excellent quality, however).

Disclaimer
*I am not bias towards AMD (have owned my fair share of both) - I feel an AMD GPU may fit the bill better here.
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Hmm, that's certainly interesting. I use to own a DIY AMD computer that I built around 2004. From what I can see Intel has the edge on performance over AMD at this point in time.

Now that I'm not entirely as budget constrained as I was back then. I want something solid and possibly OTT.

So I take it AMD's multi-GPU solution is more advanced at this point.
I know how nVidia and AMD regularly one up each other on how well their cards run each generations games.
These few years i don't think its deniable that nVidia's GFX cards have the edge for about 70/80% of games.

Oh well, whats done is done and I'm heading there at this moment to pick it up.

Fingers crossed and I'll to post a review/benchmark!

Cheers!
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