Originally Posted by hot97integra
What is the price difference on the mobo if i were to go xfire instead of sli?
i'm currently running thermaltake purepower 600w, i'm also wondering if that is enough juice
For Crossfire, an Intel X38 or X48 is suggested. DFI makes a popular one for around $180 on Newegg.
I'm going to be quite blunt but not to the point I want to offend anyone. If I do I assure you it's unintentional. I see a lot of people that get bit by the SLi bug that eventually choose a less than ideal motherboard (i.e. too expensive, not a good value compared to other alternatives, history of problems, etc.) with the intention of having the SLi upgradeability. If you eventually do buy that second card then great; you are pretty much ready to go. I firmly believe though that you will find a motherboard like the Gigabyte DS3L that someone else suggested will bring you much more happiness in the long run. I'd also be willing to bet that if you bought any card better than a 9600GT, you'd find the performance is adequate for the games you'll end up playing (unless you are playing Crysis and/or have a hi-res monitor). Should a time come that that 9600 (or whatever you end up with) doesn't cut it, Step-Up (EVGA) to something else within 90 days or sell it and buy something else.
Not sure about that PSU. Someone a little more savvy will have to answer that one.
I ditched a perfectly capable Asus P5B Deluxe and bought a 680i so I could run SLi. Why? Because I wanted to. What a mistake that was. I ended up going though multiple boards and found them much harder to stabilize than that old school Intel they replaced. I finally got to the point where I said frock it and went back to a nice Intel motherboard and a single high-end card.Edited by MNiceGuy - 5/28/08 at 12:25am