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I currently have a MSI 880GM-E41 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard and I'm trying to find a larger ATX motherboard so I can use my Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 and my EVGA Geforce GTX 660 Ti 2GB. Does anyone know of a good motherboard that will have Crossfire capability and fit with the components I have now?

Currently have:

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1066

Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
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Originally Posted by strikerfire3000 View Post

I currently have a MSI 880GM-E41 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard and I'm trying to find a larger ATX motherboard so I can use my Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 and my EVGA Geforce GTX 660 Ti 2GB. Does anyone know of a good motherboard that will have Crossfire capability and fit with the components I have now?

Currently have:

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1066

Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
1.) You currently own a mATX board.

2.) You cannot crossfire an AMD and Nvidia card.

3.) In the event you have two 6960 1GB cards, or two 660 ti's, get a regular ATX motherboard or mATX motherboard of the 970, 990X, or 990FX chipset. It will let you Xfire or SLI.

As for the differences in the chipsets:

990fx - x16,x16,x4 (dual x16 for Crossfire/SLI)

990x - x16,x8,x4 (x8 x8 for Crossfire/SLI)

970 - x16,x4 (x16 x4 for Crossfire/SLI)
Edited by aznpersuazn - 7/16/13 at 8:25am
post #3 of 6
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Ok that was my first mistake in purchasing a Nvidia video card when already having a AMD set-up. noobie mystake.

Thank you
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Ok that was my first mistake in purchasing a Nvidia video card when already having a AMD set-up. noobie mystake.

Thank you
Sell that 6950 and get another 660ti to SLI.
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If I decide to do and SLI with Nividia which I most likely will, would that effect my cpu or can I still run my AMD Phenom II?
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If I decide to do and SLI with Nividia which I most likely will, would that effect my cpu or can I still run my AMD Phenom II?

You can run your AMD cpu and still run SLI. They are compatible, as long as you choose a 990x or 990fx chipset motherboard. However, your cpu is nearing it's product life cycle.

If you upgrade your motherboard to an AM3+ socket 990fx chipset motherboard, you will be able to run SLI 660ti's and be able to upgrade to the new FX processors, such as the Piledriver FX 8350 or 6350 processors.
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