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Hi guys, I'm thinking of going SLi sometime in the future when I really need it, I'm not sure what else I'd need, could do with some pointers!<br />
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New PSU?<br />
more ram?<br />
New motherboard for sure!<br />
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Thing is my mother motherboard is a micro ATX factor and I'm having trouble finding a SLi micro ATX motherboard. I have found one made by evga and aparently the only one but I'm sure there are other ones<br />
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(evga 131-K8-NF44) <a href="http://www.trustedreviews.com/article.aspx?art=3251" target="_blank">http://www.trustedreviews.com/article.aspx?art=3251</a>
 

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Save up for a DX10 card instead <img src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
 

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meh I would but this system is only about 3-4 months old<br />
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is there any point overclocking the one I have now?
 

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You can overclock it yes and get some extra juice out of it so to speak. You dont need SLI as that card by itself will run just fine. I would wait for DX10 before a G-card upgrade. <br />
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However 2 gb Ram would be a good idea for your system mate.
 

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Overclocking, hell yes. SLI, no. You need a new PSU, CPU, and card. Another gb of ram would help too. Maybe a new hard drive if you want a little extra speed.
 

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There's really no point in going SLi uness you are planning to upgrade your monitor as well. I'd wait for dx10 as well, or just oc your card some more. You would very likely need a new PSU with only a 450W currently. Ram shouldn't matter for SLi, and you might need a new motherboard, im not familiar with the one you have. Would need a mobo with 2 pci-e slots and sli capability.
 

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wouldn't a dx10 card require a new mobo?<br />
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I ordered my new vga cooler zalman vf900, I'll overclock it then <img src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" class="inlineimg" />
 

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</div>Shouldn't. DX10 is a software thing, and it should not affect interfaces (pci-e).
 

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Well for SLI you would need a motherboard that has a Chipset that supports SLI with 2x PCI-E slots. However as theres no Need for SLI you dont need this. However one good upgrade would definately be your RAM. And if possible a SATA hdd as there good with there faster rate transfer speeds.
 

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lol ye i knew i'd get stick about my hdd's I have planned on getting a sata one, not sure which.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">lol ye i knew i'd get stick about my hdd's I have planned on getting a sata one, not sure which.</div>

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</div>Since you only have 80gb now, you might want to pick up a 74gb raptor. They are fast and now about $125. Or you could buy a new seagate (250gb for $75) that is closer to raptor speeds then most 7200rpm drives. Or better yet, if your mobo supports raid 0, buy two seagates for $150 and 500gb of storage.<br />
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<div style="font-style:italic">lol ye i knew i'd get stick about my hdd's I have planned on getting a sata one, not sure which.</div>

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</div>When it comes to SATA hdd's I would reccomend the brands : <br />
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Western Digital <br />
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Avoid Maxtor as they can be very poor. <br />
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Also SATA 2 hdd's are faster than SATA 1 so consider that also along with the Cache on the HDD such as 8mb and 16 mb. 16 being better.
 

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ye it does support raid. <img src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" class="inlineimg" /> good idea<br />
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another small question are there any programmes where I can change my RAM timings? the bios on this mobo doesnt have any option for me to change my timings.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">ye it does support raid. <img src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" class="inlineimg" /> good idea<br />
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another small question are there any programmes where I can change my RAM timings? the bios on this mobo doesnt have any option for me to change my timings.</div>

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</div>Check for a BIOS update. Software overclocking and programs that change timings are buggy at best.
 
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