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Is it worth me even bothing gettign a board with 2 slots, but the second only running 4x? I don't need a million monitors or anything.

I'm just speccing up a 1155 setup, for really really cheap, so I can overclock the nuts off it, money is the biggest issue.

for the choice of board, I'm leaning towards either the Asrock P67 Pro3 (£86.84)

Or the MSI P67A GD55 (£133.48)

As you can see, the difference is almost £50 to go from one to two 16x slots. I'm thinking I'm better off throwing that money at a better single card to begin with.

If I get the cheaper board, I can do this for just over £350, which is incredible value, especially once it's up to 4.5Ghz!
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Depends on what your long term goals are, if one of your goals is to eventually crossfire or SLI, then go with the board with two X16 slots, even if you only think you MIGHT go for it, you'll be kicking your self for not doing it if you ever do want to go multi-gpu. I never thought that I would to tri-fire, but well... that is neither here nor there
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Yeah. It's really hard to tell at this stage though. My orginal plans were a 5850, then if I needed more poer get another one and xfire...

But now I'm leaning more towards going the extra mile and getting a 6950 and doing the unlock trick on it...
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