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Can anyone give me suggestions for a new SLI build for my friend. Im thinking of something with a Q9450, 2, 8800gt 512mb from xfx or evga. 4gb of ram G.skill. not sure of the mobo, something like a 780i? This build should be no more then $1,000 after mail in rebate. ± $100 is ok. He doesnt game much be he uses the 2 video cards so he can run 4 monitors. So would crossfire be better?
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post #2 of 8
looks like a good system but correct me if im wrong. you cant operate more then one monitor with SLI enabled. but yea 780i would be a good choice, a friend of mine has one and he hasnt said anyhting bad about it.
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Yeah i know so I wont be using sli. But ill have it as two seperate cards that runs 4 monitors
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post #4 of 8
to my knowledge to run 4 monitors you are going to need crossfire so I think a p35 or x38/x48 motherboard would be better for you along with 2 ATI cards
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post #5 of 8
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Originally Posted by scottish_jason View Post
to my knowledge to run 4 monitors you are going to need crossfire so I think a p35 or x38/x48 motherboard would be better for you along with 2 ATI cards
thats true. id go for two HD3870's
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thats true. id go for two HD3870's
i second that. those are some GREAT cards.
post #7 of 8
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Any more suggestions.
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post #8 of 8
The XFX or EVGA 780i boards are fantastic!!!!!
Go for one of those
with 4GB of DDR2 RAM
2x 8800GT's (Have to turn SLi off for dual monitors) or go for a more powerfull single card like the 9800gtx or gx2...
I would prob go for the duo E8400 if he is more into ocing or one of the new 45nm 12mb cache quads.

If crossfire is the way forward for full time multi monitor support then go Gigabyte X38-DS4 which is crossfire ready and a hell of a X38 chipset based board.

Personally i have had an X38 and now i have a 780i and i prefer the 780i with SLi, but i only use one display.
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AOC 32" FULL HD LCD Logitech G15 mk2 OCZ ModXtreme 700w 80+ Silver Modular CM Storm Sniper - Tinted Panal 
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