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post #1 of 22
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I'm wondering what would be a good motherboard that will actaully fit these things and have a space for air to get to them. Not all motherboards are ment for cards this big. But I know a few of you have 8800gtx's in sli already and I'd like to know what you got. Hopefully its something with a nice bios for easy overclocking. me thanks you!

I was think this asus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131593
but the bottem card sits very very low in the case!

This asus might work a little better
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ShowIm...ard+%2D+Retail

and I think this DFI lanparty will do..
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ShowIm...ard+%2D+Retail
post #2 of 22
I am liking the DFI. It seems you'll have less hassle with your SATA cables

However, it seems your putting a whole lot of money in your rig, and currently the only CPU that somewhat can keep up with SLI 8800GTX's is the Intel QX6700 (quad core Kentsfield). Anything else is just bottlenecked hard (even the X6800...). Since Core 2 Duo outperforms AMD by quite a bit, esp. when overclocked, you'll experience an enormous bottleneck.

Thus, if you stay AMD, then I'd only get one 8800, and if you want to go SLI on those, I do recommend Intel.
    
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post #3 of 22
wait, TWO 8800's *** god ur rich (wanna give me one?)

yea the dfis are good

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post #4 of 22
i vote for the dfi sata ports are out the way of the cards and you get loads of overclocking options
post #5 of 22
Definitely the DFI. The ASUS Crosshair is way to expensive for what you get from it.
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alrighty thankyou for all your imput, lol. I do want a QX6700 like you wouldn't believe but I am human and my wallet has its limits. I really dono what to do. Its like a personal thing to switch to intel. But if I did I have to settle for a Duo and not quad till it comes way down in price. Like 900bux at least. Even though this a game only machine im upgrading i'm pretty serious about it.
post #7 of 22
What is your total budget for this? And what monitor do you plan on running on it.

I am seriously thinking that it might be a better idea to invest more heavily in the CPU... and possibly drop one 8800GTX for now (and maybe add a one later when they drop in price?)
    
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Personally I would just bite the bullet and switch over if you want it now.Or just wait to see what amds new processor is gonna do.The 8800gtx is a good card but ,to run itin sli you need a clock of atleast 3.5ghz. It will run at lower clocks just not good.between 3.51 to 3.84ghz there is a 15-25 fps jump in 3dmark06 almost across the board.I havent been able to test much higher than that becacause my air setup gets way to unstable past 3.84ghz.
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Huge Bottleneck!!!
    
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Originally Posted by jrstang473 View Post
Personally I would just bite the bullet and switch over if you want it now.Or just wait to see what amds new processor is gonna do.The 8800gtx is a good card but ,to run itin sli you need a clock of atleast 3.5ghz. It will run at lower clocks just not good.between 3.51 to 3.84ghz there is a 15-25 fps jump in 3dmark06 almost across the board.I havent been able to test much higher than that becacause my air setup gets way to unstable past 3.84ghz.
Not that this is a clock of 3.51 - 3.84GHz on an X6800!! With an AMD CPU, that means you need over 5GHz to get comparable results. Thus, again, bottleneck like crazy (AMD likely tops out around 3.0GHz or so)
    
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