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basic SLI tips???

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Hey guys, i am pretty uptodate on the latest and greatest video cards, but not all that familiar with SLI'ing and recently i just bought a 2nd MSI NX8800GTS 512 MB G92 vid card that i want to SLI. I need just a basic guide or tips to look for when getting ready to setup the SLI. Also if u looking at my current specs below, i will be upgrading to a 750 watt 80% efficient Corsair PSU. thx in advance
    
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Phenom II X6 1075T (Thuban) ASUS M4A89TD PRO USB 3.0 890FX EVGA GTX 470 Super Clocked Mushkin Enhanced Ridgebacks DDR3 1600 2 X 2 GB 
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It's basically just plug the cards in and enable SLI in Nvidia Control Panel.
Check that the PSU will have all the connections you will need.
Overclock each card separately in non-SLI, then enable.
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FX6300 Black M5A99X EVO R2.0 Nvidia GTS450 Team Vulcan PC3 12800 
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Samsung 840 PRO Asus DRW-1608P (x2) Custom Water Cooling Win7 (Ult), Win 8.1 & Win Server 2012 R2 
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Samsung 840 PRO Asus DRW-1608P (x2) Custom Water Cooling Win7 (Ult), Win 8.1 & Win Server 2012 R2 
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2 X Samsung 915N Ducky Shine III, Blue Cherry/Blue LEDs PCP&C 1kw Lian Li PC-71 (W/Window) 
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A friend of mine had issues with that motherboard and getting SLI to work. The trick is to get the latest bios update, and do not use the 9/10 USB connector on the motherboard. For some crazy reason, it will not allow SLI to work if you have anything plugged into it. He stressed over that issue for a week till he ran into a forum post somewhere about it, tried it, and it fixed the problem.
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I would save up for a bigger monitor, SLI only really proves it worth at higher resolutions.
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Originally Posted by moward View Post
I would save up for a bigger monitor, SLI only really proves it worth at higher resolutions.
I second that
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Quote:
Originally Posted by moward View Post
I would save up for a bigger monitor, SLI only really proves it worth at higher resolutions.
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Originally Posted by sLowEnd View Post
I second that
or for guys who want to benchmark... and have a huge e-peen.

SLI will still improve framerates..
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
150GB Raptor, 500 Barracuda, 160GB Barracuda Lite-On DVD-RW dual boot XP32/Vista32 Samsung 226BW 22" 
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post #7 of 7
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yea a bigger monitor is definitely on the list of things to get, just wont happen for a little bit yet. I am waiting for the card to come in and then i will be sure to post and let u guys know how it goes.
    
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Phenom II X6 1075T (Thuban) ASUS M4A89TD PRO USB 3.0 890FX EVGA GTX 470 Super Clocked Mushkin Enhanced Ridgebacks DDR3 1600 2 X 2 GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Western Digital Caviar Black 640 GB ASUS 24X DVD Burner SATA Window 7 Home 64 bit 22" LG Wide Screen 
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Saitek Eclipse III Corsair 750TX NZXT Tempest EVO Razer Imperator 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Western Digital Caviar Black 640 GB ASUS 24X DVD Burner SATA Window 7 Home 64 bit 22" LG Wide Screen 
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