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    Okay so my current board (ASUS M5A97 R2.0) is dead and I'll have $325 total soon. Is there a motherboard that has SLI on it for a max of $125 that supports AM3+ that is AN ACTUAL GOOD board?

    Also, will a 530w PSU power two GTX660OC GPUs in SLI? Or will that need an upgrade?
     
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    So how big of a PSU would you think of?
     
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    Awesome, thanks guys.
     
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    You're telling me, they're currently selling the cheapest Gold rated 650W PSU in the whole of the UK, and it's not even that bad either.
     
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    The G2s are cheap and actually pretty damn good units.

    The older NEX ones are pretty crappy though.
     
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    So that leaves me with $125 short of going SLI. I MUST APPLY FOR MORE JOBS.
     
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    SLI is overrated. Save your money for a single nice single GPU, it will pay off long term if you're not doing anything more than 1080p for gaming.
     
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    SLI 660 gtx is wonderful idea, one of the best combination (like 650ti boost sli) will outperform 770 gtx by a good margin and should be cheaper as well. One card is not always best solution.
     
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    Their Supernova G2 and P2 PSUs are amazing.
     
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    600 minimum, 650 to include overclocking headroom and less stress on the PSU.

    I like (Like others have stated) the EVGA PSU's, Seasonic, and Rosewill (If your looking for a deal). Corsair is also a good option but here are a couple choices I like:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182071

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151137

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817438022
    This last one is an EVGA refurb, not sure if you want to try one of these (They are out of stock of the normal ones) because it would still come with EVGA's warranty.
     
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    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157479

    $129 w/ Prom Code. I know you said $125, but for $4 more this board is just a killer deal.

    If you absolutely have to stick to your budget then there is always this for $110: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130677

    As for the power supply, this one is way more than enough for what you need and only $60 after MIR and Promo Code: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139051

    You realize that SLI GTX660s will absolutely destroy both of those suggestions right? I mean, you call the 660 crap and then suggest the 760, that is barely an upgrade...
     
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    How did you kill this motherboard?
     
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    I'd avoid Corsair CX PSUs, there are better options for the price. Also, avoid the older EVGA NEX units, they are group regulated, so the voltage regulation is horrible under crossloads.

    Other than that I'd say you, like me, have some saving up to do :D
     
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    No 970 board is good for sli or cfx the first pci-e will be 2.0 16x and the second is 2.0 8x, for whatever reason it had issues and would get stuck at 16x 4x 1.1 as well.
    It bottlenecked my 6870's and general did not work well at all .

    Secondly SLI/CFX is a gimmick when it does work, it works well in certain games and not so well in many others, you are much better off getting a single better gpu.
     
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    In the games it doesn't work you are unlikely to need SLI for 1080p60Hz...
     
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    It just kinda died. No overheating. All plugs connected and tight in.
    It's for future games. I'd love to crank up the settings in Watch Dogs someday when I get it.

    So I should just save up for when the 800-series comes out, huh?
     
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    Well, one way to look at is that you won't need to buy a new PSU if you decide not to SLI your GTX 660.
     
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    You say that and then don't actually post any recommendations. Can you find something better than the CX750M for $60, because I can't.

    I pretty much all the demanding games SLI/CFX works extremely well. In most indie games it doesn't work, but it isn't really needed. So basically SLI/CFX works when it is needed and doesn't when it isn't. They definitely aren't gimmicky.
     
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    True, but I want my rig to last longer in the long run.
     
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    Is your GTX 660 the 2 GB VRAM? If so then there may be games in the long run (like Watch Dogs) that will limit how high you can crank up the settings even though your SLI GTX 660 OC might have the grunt to handle it.
     

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