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Best motherboard for crossfire ASUS HD 6950 2GB DirectCU II?

post #1 of 12
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Hi,

I'm looking to build my first gaming pc and would like to base it around the asus DCII HD6950 which I will then hopefully unlock to a 6970...

http://www.techpowerup.com/137140/AMD-Radeon-HD-6950-can-be-unlocked-to-HD-6970.html

In the future I would like the option of adding a second identical card and would appreciate any ideas about what motherboard I should be looking at getting as I know 2 of these will take up a fair amount of room.

I'm totally new to all this so any other info/ ideas will be very much appreciated, such as what PSU and case I should think about getting. I'm thinking I should get an i5 or i7 processor but apart from that i've pretty much got a blank canvas.

Also please make recommendations on value-for-money products as i am, believe it or not, on a bit of a budget.

Thanks in advance... smile.gif
post #2 of 12
Well...that is such a broad question but basically any mobo that has two x16 slots. And probably 80% of mobo's have them. You need to be more specific with your requirements.
post #3 of 12
A motherboard with at least x8/x8 crossfire, which most have nowadays. Something well built, good BIOS features, and the newest bells and whistles, e.g., USB 3.0, SATA 6, etc. You may want to wait and see what the new AM3+ boards have to offer; though, I'd pass the first wave so all the kinks can be revised.

Here's a cool article about PCI-Express Scaling.
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post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 
ok, thanks for the advice so far.
here's the build i'm looking at:

Intel i7 950 Processor
Asus Sabertooth motherboard
Corsair Vengeance 6GB memory kit (DDR3 1600Mhz)
Western Digital 1TB Black Hard drive
Asus HD 6950 DirectCU II graphics card
Samsung SH 223 DVDRW
Fractal design R3 Case
CoolerMaster GX 750 watt PSU
Windows 7 Premium 64bit

please let me know your thoughts/ suggestions smile.gif
post #5 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by moedank;13029657 
A motherboard with at least x8/x8 crossfire, which most have nowadays. Something well built, good BIOS features, and the newest bells and whistles, e.g., USB 3.0, SATA 6, etc. You may want to wait and see what the new AM3+ boards have to offer; though, I'd pass the first wave so all the kinks can be revised.

Here's a cool article about PCI-Express Scaling.

Mm, AM3+? First im hearing about it, I will have to investigate!! I'm in the market for a new Mobo + CPU
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Originally Posted by spivarlo;13035039 
ok, thanks for the advice so far.
here's the build i'm looking at:

Intel i7 950 Processor
Asus Sabertooth motherboard
Corsair Vengeance 6GB memory kit (DDR3 1600Mhz)
Western Digital 1TB Black Hard drive
Asus HD 6950 DirectCU II graphics card
Samsung SH 223 DVDRW
Fractal design R3 Case
CoolerMaster GX 750 watt PSU
Windows 7 Premium 64bit

please let me know your thoughts/ suggestions smile.gif

Go SSD If you can. TBH mate its the best investment i've ever made. I thought that i'd never appreciate it, but i had the money and thought why not, and i'd never go back.

Also what makes you pick the CoolerMaster PSU over say.... anything else?
Edited by XAnarchy - 4/7/11 at 6:10am
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post #6 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by spivarlo;13035039 
ok, thanks for the advice so far.
here's the build i'm looking at:

Intel i7 950 Processor
Asus Sabertooth motherboard
Corsair Vengeance 6GB memory kit (DDR3 1600Mhz)
Western Digital 1TB Black Hard drive
Asus HD 6950 DirectCU II graphics card
Samsung SH 223 DVDRW
Fractal design R3 Case
CoolerMaster GX 750 watt PSU
Windows 7 Premium 64bit

please let me know your thoughts/ suggestions smile.gif

Go SSD If you can. TBH mate its the best investment i've ever made. I thought that i'd never appreciate it, but i had the money and thought why not, and i'd never go back.

Also what makes you pick the CoolerMaster PSU over say.... anything else?
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post #7 of 12
The DC-II is not unlockable just so u know.
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post #8 of 12
If you decide to use AMD's 790/890FX motherboards you'll get x16/x16 for both cards.

Intels x58 platform offers this also but is more expensive smile.gif
post #9 of 12
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Ocnewb;13035081 
The DC-II is not unlockable just so u know.

ahh, thanks very much. good job you told me... it would have been somewhat disappointing. what a shame though, it would have been the perfect card.

so now i'm back to the drawing board really. can you tell me which 6950s are unlockable?

i'm finding the amount of info out there a bit bewildering to be honest. what i'm looking for is a system which will play anything out there for the next year maybe, and then have the option to go crossfire or sli to make it last another year or so.
post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by scatteh316;13035086 
If you decide to use AMD's 790/890FX motherboards you'll get x16/x16 for both cards.

Intels x58 platform offers this also but is more expensive smile.gif

thanks for the advice... looks like a great place to start if i do go for the 6950 smile.gif

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