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EVGA FTW3 vs MSI Big Bang Xpower

Poll Results: What should I do to get my sound card into my rig?

 
  • 62% (5)
    Sell the EVGA FTW3 and buy the MSI Big Bang Xpower.
  • 37% (3)
    Keep the EVGA FTW and use 2 video cards while waiting to watercool at least one card
8 Total Votes  
post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
Hey OCN, so I sort of need to make a decision quick before it is sold on the OCN marketplace.

Should I sell my EVGA FTW3 to buy a MSI Big Bang Xpower?

The thing is, I will be getting three GTX 480s and without watercooling them, I will not be able to get them on my FTW3 board WITH my sound card. Whereas on the MSI, the PCIEx1 is above the video cards.

Or is the EVGA worth the wait. That means I will only use two video cards until I watercool them, then I can fit my sound card in that PCIEx1 right under that first PCIEx16.

I really like the colorway on both, so either one will work for the sake of vanity. But as for features and capabilities, what do you all think?
post #2 of 7
How soon will you plan on watercooling them?
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post #3 of 7
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That's the thing. I don't know. It may be awhile. At least a month or two.
post #4 of 7
Only a month or 2..... then it just depends if you want to hurry or wait 1-2 months
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post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 
Ah ok, so I guess the FTW3 is worth the wait? I can wait, no big deal. I just thought maybe the MSI board was better or something. Thanks!
post #6 of 7
use the extened 3-way bridge and put the sound card in the third red slot.

EDIT: oh wait you dont have the classy...nvm then
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post #7 of 7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by wumpus View Post
use the extened 3-way bridge and put the sound card in the third red slot.

EDIT: oh wait you dont have the classy...nvm then
Hehe, if I had a Classy, that would have worked. Thanks though.
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