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Currently have an MSI z77-G43 motherboard (huge mistake got it as a bundle deal with cpu). I think I will need to upgrade so I can go SLI since the G43 only has (1) 16x PCI slot.

Should I just bump up to the G45 or is the GD65 going to make a difference.
Also is there a difference between the gaming series(nice color scheme).

I feel partial to MSI, been good mobos to me. Any other suggestions non MSI are welcome though.

Thanks.
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a quick look shows it can run 8x and 8x in the blue slots
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As long as the board has 2x x16 PCI-e 3.0 slots and is certified to operate in SLI (not all boards do), you will be fine. Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H or the Asus P8Z77V-Pro are great boards for 2x SLI. The MSI GD45 will work to but I am not a big fan of MSI mobo's personally.
    
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http://us.msi.com/product/mb/Z77AG43.html#?div=Detail

This is my current card.

Only has one PCI 3.0 16x
Wouldn't I need two 3.0 slots?
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As long as the board has 2x x16 PCI-e 3.0 slots and is certified to operate in SLI (not all boards do), you will be fine. Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H or the Asus P8Z77V-Pro are great boards for 2x SLI. The MSI GD45 will work to but I am not a big fan of MSI mobo's personally.

Awesome.
Thank you. I am actually very open to using outside of MSI. I think the fact I have only used MSI is the reason keeping me from branching out. I need to try more options.
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http://us.msi.com/product/mb/Z77AG43.html#?div=Detail

This is my current card.

Only has one PCI 3.0 16x
Wouldn't I need two 3.0 slots?

It doesn't have to be both PCI-e 3.0. Both can be PCI-e 2.0 as well. The key is as long as the slots can physically drive x16 cards, it will work for GPU's. However, the G43 is not certified to run SLI. It is only certified to run in CrossfireX. So if you like AMD GPU's, CrossfireX works with the G43.

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Awesome.
Thank you. I am actually very open to using outside of MSI. I think the fact I have only used MSI is the reason keeping me from branching out. I need to try more options.

No problem. I got no beef with MSI, it is just that Gigabyte and Asus seems to be more popular and has a more solid offering on SLI setups. However, ASUS does tend to have pretty bad customer service, but as long as your mobo isn't DOA, it should be a solidly made board. Gigabyte seems have a solid offering as well with good customer service.
    
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It doesn't have to be both PCI-e 3.0. Both can be PCI-e 2.0 as well. The key is as long as the slots can physically drive x16 cards, it will work for GPU's. However, the G43 is not certified to run SLI. It is only certified to run in CrossfireX. So if you like AMD GPU's, CrossfireX works with the G43.
No problem. I got no beef with MSI, it is just that Gigabyte and Asus seems to be more popular and has a more solid offering on SLI setups. However, ASUS does tend to have pretty bad customer service, but as long as your mobo isn't DOA, it should be a solidly made board. Gigabyte seems have a solid offering as well with good customer service.

agreed
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It doesn't have to be both PCI-e 3.0. Both can be PCI-e 2.0 as well. The key is as long as the slots can physically drive x16 cards, it will work for GPU's. However, the G43 is not certified to run SLI. It is only certified to run in CrossfireX. So if you like AMD GPU's, CrossfireX works with the G43.
No problem. I got no beef with MSI, it is just that Gigabyte and Asus seems to be more popular and has a more solid offering on SLI setups. However, ASUS does tend to have pretty bad customer service, but as long as your mobo isn't DOA, it should be a solidly made board. Gigabyte seems have a solid offering as well with good customer service.

Running an EVGA 770
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Running an EVGA 770

Yeah if you want to SLI it then you will need an SLI certified board. The G43 is CrossfireX certified only.
    
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Yeah if you want to SLI it then you will need an SLI certified board. The G43 is CrossfireX certified only.

I appreciate the help. Hopefully Ill find something on slick deals soon. Not in a hurry yet.
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