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Hey guys,
I'm updating my rig in May-June and my plan is to be using Sandy Bridge and have 2 GTX 560's in SLI (http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-a...30mhz-384-core)

What parts would you recommend that wouldn't give me major bottleneck and would pair well with the cards and give great performance?

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Thanks everyone! +REP to first three useful posts.
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Hopefully bulldozer will be out by then and you will have more options then just intel. But most likely will require an sli patch to work on a crossfire board, but I've used the sli patch before and it works fine so that really shouldn't be an issue unless you have something against using a patch to enable sli lol.
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Originally Posted by jspeedracer View Post
Hopefully bulldozer will be out by then and you will have more options then just intel. But most likely will require an sli patch to work on a crossfire board, but I've used the sli patch before and it works fine so that really shouldn't be an issue unless you have something against using a patch to enable sli lol.
Oh right, yeah I was told that Bulldozer might be out then.
Hmm I don't know. I just want a board that will take it without having to tweak around with it even if it is just a patch. :L
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post #4 of 13
CPUs are pretty far ahead of the curve atm as far as gaming goes. An i5 2500k build w/P67 mobo of your choice and 4-8GB of 1600MHz RAM (as cheap as RAM is grab 2x4GB DIMMS imo) should be just fine for your 560s.
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CPUs are pretty far ahead of the curve atm as far as gaming goes. An i5 2500k build w/P67 mobo of your choice and 4-8GB of 1600MHz RAM (as cheap as RAM is grab 2x4GB DIMMS imo) should be just fine for your 560s.
Thanks man, will go ahead with just that. (Y)
Though can you recommend a specific type of P67 motherboard that would be the best one to go with? There was quite a few last time I looked on SCAN.co.uk and I couldn't decide which one to go for.

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As the centre piece is the pair of Asus GTX560 Ti DirectCU, I have 2 suggestions:

a. GTX560 Ti is a good overclocker and so I assume the pair will be oc'ed for performance, so I suggest Corsair HX-850 as min. Better be a member of the PSU-Overkill-Club than being a member of PSU-Underpower-Club.

b. Asus GTX560 Ti DirectCU card is a dual slot card and two of them will sit next to each other, I suggest a mobo with at least 1 empty slot in between, especially for the extra heat due to overclocking.

Unless you want an enthusiast level mobo (eg SaberTooth P67), mainstream Asus P67 mobos with an empty slot between 2 SLIed cards and are able to run x8/x8 are:
P8P67 EVO and P8P67 Pro, very much alike and only differ in minor features.
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As the centre piece is the pair of Asus GTX560 Ti DirectCU, I have 2 suggestions:

a. GTX560 Ti is a good overclocker and so I assume the pair will be oc'ed for performance, so I suggest Corsair HX-850 as min. Better be a member of the PSU-Overkill-Club than being a member of PSU-Underpower-Club.

b. Asus GTX560 Ti DirectCU card is a dual slot card and two of them will sit next to each other, I suggest a mobo with at least 1 empty slot in between, especially for the extra heat due to overclocking.

Unless you want an enthusiast level mobo (eg SaberTooth P67), mainstream Asus P67 mobos with an empty slot between 2 SLIed cards and are able to run x8/x8 are:
P8P67 EVO and P8P67 Pro, very much alike and only differ in minor features.
Thanks for the advice man, +REP.
I love the look of the Sabertooth P67 board.
I might end up getting that one, though is the cover on the main board a fanless cooler or just a shield for the circuit board?

Thanks again.
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Thanks for the advice man, +REP.
I love the look of the Sabertooth P67 board.
I might end up getting that one, though is the cover on the main board a fanless cooler or just a shield for the circuit board?

Thanks again.
Guru3d said this about the shroud:

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The ASUS Sabertooth P67 is such a product, the sheer look and the extra features make it separate itself from the competition. It starts with what ASUS calls 'Thermal Armor'. The plastic shield sitting on top of the PCB (according to ASUS) helps guiding airflow over the components. Through we really do have some reservations about statement ourselves we found out it will not increase heat levels either. So we think of it as an aesthetic feature. A dangerous choice really, as I have seen a lot of reactions in our forums, a vast majority of end-users simply do not like the looks of the plastic shield. But then again, others love it ...
(http://www.guru3d.com/article/asus-s...7-tuf-review/3)

Guru3d has not actually tested the effectiveness of this plastic shroud. And I have not seen an actual review of this specific feature. A fan can be installed and is supposed to facilitate airflow between the top surface (and mobo components) of the motherboard and the plastic shroud. See pic below.

Edited by windfire - 2/21/11 at 5:48am
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Intel 2600k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...5070&Tpk=2600k

Asus Maximus IV Extreme
http://www.asus.com/product.aspx?P_I...m0n&templete=2

CORSAIR DOMINATOR GT 8GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145330

Silverstone 1000 PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817256057

Pick Case DVD and Sound Card (on board sound is enough for most people) and your setup with a KickA$$ Rig of the week

You can go cheaper but why would you want to

Ps get a SSD Drive you will never look back
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that asus board is sexy!
although the PCI-E layout is ridiculous
if u run 2 cards, each will run at x8?
if u run 3 cards, the first will run at x8 and the 2nd and 3rd will run at x16???
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