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Hey all,


I have the below specs and I have seen a noticeable improvement in some games I play with a 3rd card but unfortunately my board doesn't quite fit the 3rd card with my sound card that I wish to keep.

So, i need another board. I looked at upgrading to a R4E and a 3930k but I don't see the point if I can just find a 1155 board with most of the same features that has it's pci spaced out a bit more. If this is impossible I guess I have to go 2011


Thanks in advance for any advice!thumb.gif
    
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You would be better off getting an X79 (2011 socket) MOBO. The Z77 (1155) and Z87 (1150) MOBOs just don't have enough PCI-e lanes to support all that without throttling anything.
   
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The motherboard in my sig will work albeit expensive lol
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the z77? isnt it the same size as my z68?

It may even be cheaper to get similar performance with titan sli rather than upgrade the socket. I wont really have too much use for 6 cores.

Hmm, after quick research, not so cheap. Damn my needs for a sound card!
    
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SLI 780's, not Titans.

780 is basically the same performance at less than two thirds of the price. Same GPU, just some cores disabled, but runs at higher frequency to largely offset that
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Gtx titan sli is not worth the premium over the 780s
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the z77? isnt it the same size as my z68?

It may even be cheaper to get similar performance with titan sli rather than upgrade the socket. I wont really have too much use for 6 cores.

Hmm, after quick research, not so cheap. Damn my needs for a sound card!

Can't you use a PCI-E riser? Actually not a raiser, but I don't know how they are called..
I'm talking about some flat cables out there, that will function as extenders to your PCI-E lanes. You would have to simply keep your mobo and put your sound card somewhere else. thumb.gifthumb.gif

actually they are called risers, I guess:

http://www.ebay.com/bhp/pcie-riser-cable

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^ good idea, except how does one mount the 3rd video car properly? Or the sound card? This is rather annoying that I have all these lanes and my cooling solution does not allow for a 3rd card. Another option is water cooling one or more of the cards but unless there is a stand alone kit like my corsair h100 I don't want to go near it.
    
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post #9 of 14
just grab a 3930k /rive combo off ebay..not sure about prices, but anythig around $700ish or under should work. future proof to IB-e which is speculated to use socket 2011. and sep release.
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Isn't there issues with the PCIE lanes that are rather prohibitive to running tri-SLI or tri-fire?
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