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Alright, recently (within the last week, actually) I upgraded my graphics card on my rig from my less-than-stellar Radeon 2600HD to a GeForce 9600GT (a step-up I am already very happy about). The graphics card works so much better than my old one... it's just insane, really.

But, now, I want to be able to milk my card for everything it's worth. And in order to do that? I need a board that supports PCI Express 2.0. My current board doesn't, which I believe means I'm only getting about half of my card's capacity. The trickier part still? I would like one that is SLI-capable, because I eventually intend to SLI another 9600GT with the one I have. I just can't actually find one anywhere. Any of the boards I see that are PCI 2.0 capable either have a single slot, or are Crossfire boards, or are so incredibly expensive that it makes my brain hurt considering spending nearly $300 on a MoBo. (I know, a lot of people around here have, but I'm just not that much of an enthusiast...)

The main spec that I need on the board is that it needs to have Hardware RAID (which is what I have my current board set up with, as a stripe), and I don't want to have to step up to a Phenom processor just to use my board. (I also noticed that the majority of the PCI 2.0 boards seem to favor the Phenom processor, but I prefer my Anthlon 64 X2).

Does anybody have any recommendations for a board to fit my needs?
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It won't make a difference. Current PCI-E 2.0 cards are still using the bandwidth and power requirements provided by PCI-E 1.1 boards, so they don't have anything "extra" that can't be provided by the older specification. Future cards may start using the extended capabilities of PCI-E 2.0, but for now you're fine.
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just buy another 9600gt for now pcie2.0 isnt needed yet.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...E&Pagesize=100

Theres some sli, 2.0 slotted boards.
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It won't make a difference. Current PCI-E 2.0 cards are still using the bandwidth and power requirements provided by PCI-E 1.1 boards, so they don't have anything "extra" that can't be provided by the older specification. Future cards may start using the extended capabilities of PCI-E 2.0, but for now you're fine.
I wasn't aware of that. Huh. And they were really pushing the PCI 2.0 angle. Well, at the very least, I did see a few boards today that boasted running PCI x16 at x16 speeds while in SLI mode. Apparently most only run at x8 during SLI. Would using a board with x16 on SLI be (hypothetically) twice as good as one running x8 on SLI?
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Agree with all of the other posters. But pcie 2.0 will not make a difference yet
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ive got a nice asus board thats sli its an M2N32-Sli Wifi edition, search it on the egg, have to get to bed...stupid school
    
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I wasn't aware of that. Huh. And they were really pushing the PCI 2.0 angle. Well, at the very least, I did see a few boards today that boasted running PCI x16 at x16 speeds while in SLI mode. Apparently most only run at x8 during SLI. Would using a board with x16 on SLI be (hypothetically) twice as good as one running x8 on SLI?

Doesn't your board already provide x16/x16? As for the difference, it depends on the card. I would imagine the 9600 being one of those that benefit. However, it won't be twice as fast or beneficial... it does not work that way.
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Doesn't your board already provide x16/x16?
I honestly have no idea how to tell. I didn't even know some boards were x8/x8 while others were x16/x16 until I saw it specifically stated on some boards on NewEgg today. It doesn't say either way for my board (either on NewEgg, or on Abit's site).
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Two PCI-Express x16 slots with SLI support (both slots run with a full x16 lanes), two PCI-Express x1 and one PCI expansion slot;
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/200...l1ty_an9_32x/1

It's a 590 chip, which supports x16/x16 SLI:
http://www.nvidia.com/page/nforce5_specs_amd.html
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