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Help Me Select A New Mobo

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#1 whunteman


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Posted 02 January 2006 - 08:38 PM

I will be using the (dual core) Athlon 64 X2 4400+ CPU
and two PCI-E GeForce 6800GS GPU's to run
three monitors.

I will not be overclocking anything, and
I will not be using the SLI mode.

It looks like I will have to purchase a SLI MOBO, to run
3 monitors, but I'm not sure about that.

Edited by whunteman, 03 January 2006 - 10:47 AM.

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#2 welco


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Posted 02 January 2006 - 09:38 PM

Since you're not overclocking DFI might not be the best choice, but, it's still a very good option if you go with them I'd look at their SLi models and the Ultra-D. As for other companies I can recommend the MSI Neo4 Platinum or the K8N SLi if you want to spend a little more I'd look into the ASUS SLi premium that heat pipe is very nice and totally worth it I also believe EPoX makes a SLi board and I've had very good experiences with them. I don't think you will have to buy a board with SLi to use three monitors because I thought that it didn't support more than one currently.
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#3 linderman


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Posted 03 January 2006 - 09:48 AM

I believe that to be correct / the sli boards running two video cards are not for the purpose of running dual monitors / they are to use two video cards to team up on one process (gaming) somewhat like dual modem in a dial-up configuration >>>> you must activate the sli feature to run two video cards in syncranized mode ????

better be looking at a darn good power supply

like this one / dont be fooled by the BS that many PSU makers are pushing >>>> everydody is putting SLI ready stickers on their PSU >>>> unfortunately there is no standard for a SLI ready PSU >>> so that term really means >>>> BUYER BEWARE I have seen many systems so far that would not run in a stable manner because of a poor quality PSU >>>. remember that dual core CPU will eat up atleast 125watts and video cards now can chew up 100 watts each like nothing and even a tad more !!!!!

Make sure you buy memory from a website like Corsair, Crucial, OCZ that has a memory selector or configurator to be sure that you are buying memory that has been tested to run with the mobo you choose !!
and dont try 4gigs of memory >>>> most boards advertise they can handle the 4 gig config but there are a ton of forum posts where no boards (or windows is the culprit) can stabily handle 4 gigs >>>>> you will find 2 gigs is PLENTY even for the most serious gamer.






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