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Ok, Ive been happy with my current set up for over a year.(939...AGP)
New egg gave me a 2k credit limit ...........So obviously.....its time to build!!!!

Going am2 (probably 2.6) on air , and a new
nvida 8 series.

Now remember the first sentence ........AGP!... LOL This will be my first leap into pci express.
Just to clarify ive been out of the loop awhile but i understand what SLI is. Can i run a SLI board withjust one vid card without any issues?

I honeslty dont want to run SLI cause plain and simply i dont want to spend the money on 2 cards when i can put that money into good solid hardware (PSU, RAM,)but the best boards ive seen (nforce 5) seem to all be SLI.

example of what im looking at
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131593
thinking ASUS first considering DFI
Im not looking to cut corners or save cash on a mobo. Just looking for a solid modern mobo.
Ill do some moderate o.c. lots of gaming gonna use xp pro for now then vista when it comes out.
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Going am2 (probably 2.6) on air , and a new
nvida 8 series.
Why not conroes? More performance for less money, just throwing that out there.

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Can i run a SLI board with
just one vid card without any issues?
Yes, you can run just one video card on an SLI board with no issues.

If you do choose to go with AM2 that crosshair you have chosen is just about the best of the best available currently. That being said, unless there is some reason you do not want to go with intel I would atleast consider it as a viable alternative!
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SLI is the Use of two cards on one motherboard. 1 card in each PCI-E slot as ana SLI motherboard features two of these slots. SLI is simlply the method of 1 car rendering 50% Of the screen each , thus taking the load off of just 1 card.....Thats a short explanation.

You will also need a Better PSU than you current one also i beleive.
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Going am2 (probably 2.6) on air , and a new
nvida 8 series.
I assume you're an AMD fan, so it's probably useless to say Core 2 Duo here (which is the better performer by quite a bit right now)

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Now remember the first sentence ........AGP!... LOL This will be my first leap into pci express.
Just to clarify ive been out of the loop awhile but i understand what SLI is. Can i run a SLI board with
just one vid card without any issues?
Yep. You can run any single PCI-E card in an SLI board (even ATI cards)

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I honeslty dont want to run SLI cause plain and simply i dont want to spend the money on 2 cards when i can put that money into good solid hardware (PSU, RAM,)but the best boards ive seen (nforce 5) seem to all be SLI.
Good thinking. And indeed, the high-end boards are SLI.
    
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Your 2 slow chozart.
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SLI is the Use of two cards on one motherboard. 1 card in each PCI-E slot as ana SLI motherboard features two of these slots. SLI is simlply the method of 1 car rendering 50% Of the screen each , thus taking the load off of just 1 card.....Thats a short explanation.

You will also need a Better PSU than you current one also i beleive.
Err.. he stated that he DOES know what SLI is

Plus, he seems to be going for a new build, so I am guessing a PSU is part of the equation.... although he is also stating he's not planning SLI.

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Your 2 slow chozart.
But I had more info (i.e. that he can run even an ATI card )
    
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Awesome, thanks for the direct answer!!!
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Err.. he stated that he DOES know what SLI is

Plus, he seems to be going for a new build, so I am guessing a PSU is part of the equation.... )
Yes ...PSU, RAM,VID CARD, CPU,MOBO,X-FI,
Just keeping my old barracudas (SATA) and my case (VENTO)
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What parts have you picked out so far?
    
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131593
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817153039
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103759
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145168
Nothing set in stone, but i like that cpu.
And ill take suggestions.
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