Originally Posted by Shindo
^ok well the first things i'm going to be putting in are my two 780s and my soundcard. do you by chance know how many free pci slots i will have with those in?
Well, there's 7 PCIe slots, and that would take up 3 slots, so there would be 4 free PCIe slots.
Originally Posted by briddell
With only two 780s, those PLX chips on both the RIVE and Extreme11 are pointless. The RIVE is tried and true, fantastic board, but the Extreme11 has lots of great features too. I'd personally go RIVE for aesthetics, were it in my current system, but it is really down to your personal preference. Black + Gold, or black+red? Up to you; both are great boards.
I really wouldn't pay about $200 more just for a better look
. And judging by his first post, he seems like he's going to upgrade his rig, so the PLX chip on the RIVE may be beneficial later on. However, I can't possibly think of any way that he would ever need the amount of features the Extreme 11 has, so I think the RIVE would be a better choice all-in-all.