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SLI Predicament

Which option is best?

  • Buy another socket 775 motherboard.

    Votes: 2 28.6%
  • Buy AM3 motherboard and upgrade everything.

    Votes: 5 71.4%
  • Screw it and just stick to 1 GPU.

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
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I bought two GTS 250 cards, which I obviously want to run in SLI. Currently I don't have a SLI compatible motherboard. So I am asking whether I should buy a cheap socket 775 SLI board, or slightly upgrade to a AM3 socket board with DDR3. I could sell my current CPU/Motherboard/DDR2 RAM and get a Phenom II 555 and DDR3 RAM. If nothing works out well I can always just split the cards up between my brother's computer and mine. I am wondering if this is a decent 775 motherboard? I would kind of feel dumb buying that for $70, when I could upgrade to this for $90.
 

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which board do you have, you could try hacked nvidia drivers
 

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http://forums.techpowerup.com/showthread.php?t=60844

Read that thread on enabling SLi on non-SLi motherboards, and keep your current setup.

Though the second slot being an x4 might hurt performance slightly, so maybe upgrading to a cheap P45 board would be a decent move if you can get it super cheap.

If you want to go the true SLi route, then the 780i board is an excellent choice, I'm running almost the exact same board in my secondary rig right now, and it ran as my primary rig up until a few months ago. My board was from eVGA, but the XFX you are looking at and my eVGA are both reference boards made by nVidia with eVGA/XFX stickers slapped on.
 

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Socket 775 is dead, upgrade to AM3. But if you don't mind doing the SLI hacking on AM3 boards, you can get a pretty decent one that uses the 850 south bridge and get USB3.0 and SATA 3.
 
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You can grab an EVGA nForce 750i SLI 775 board from EVGA for $45 shipped, it's about halfway down the page there. Just getting and using that will be easier and cheaper than going to AM3 methinks.
 
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afaik, there is no am3 SLI motherboard out there.. you can go P55 + i3 / i5 though if you still want sli and stuff..
 

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+1 try the SLI hack
 
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