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I'm not sure if this is the proper forum for this question, as I didn't see any forum just for basic custom builds, only specialty builds. I am going to be doing an SLI setup for the first time using two EVGA Geforce GTX 550ti, and I will have a Creative SoundBlaster 7x in one of the PCI-E x1 slots, however, I am not sure which one would be the best for ventilation and cooling purposes. All motherboards I have seen with the SLI capability have the same layout, 1 x1, 1 x16, 2 x1s, 1 x16, 1 x1, and another x16. The best options seem to be the first x1 slot or the third x1 slot directly behind the second card, in between the two GPUs, but I wanted to get the opinions of other's before about the best layout they have used for this type of setup.

http://www.pureoverclock.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/manuf-3d3.jpg (picture of my motherboard)
Edited by jlpurvis - 3/14/13 at 8:16am
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First Build
(11 items)
 
The Avenger
(15 items)
 
My Ultimate Rig
(18 items)
 
MotherboardGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Gigabyte GA-G41M-ES2L EVGA Geforce GTX 460 Patriot Crucial M4 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSKeyboard
Seagate 7200 HDD LG Blu Ray Writer Windows 8 (with Start8 menu from Stardock) Logitech MX5500 Revolution 
CaseMouseAudio
CoolerMaster Elite 310 Razer Naga Epic Soundblaster X-Fi 5.0 USB 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Core i7 3970x Extreme Edition EVGA X79 Classified EVGA 04G-P4-2690-KR GeForce GTX 690 EVGA 04G-P4-2690-KR GeForce GTX 690 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR3 2133 Samsung 840 Pro SSD Western Digital WD VelociRaptor LG Black 16X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM... 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i Water Cooler windows 8 LG 29EA93-P 29" LG 29EA93-P 29"  
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
RAZER Blackwidow Ultimate 2013 RZ03-00381900-R3U1  Corsair AX1200i Corsair 900D RAZER Naga Epic RZ01-00510100-R3U1 
Mouse PadAudio
RAZER Destructor 2 (RZ02-00200400-R3U1) Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD  
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