Socket 1156 with SLI

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The current board I have is a GA-P55A-UD3 which doesn't support SLI. Found this out too late as I bought a second MSI 560ti twin frozr II for it.
Doing a search for SLI supported with socket 1156 came with very low results, as they're being discontinued. What I did find is Asus P7P55D-E PRO which I think will manage the SLI and my G.SKILL Ripjaws 8gigs. Doing this make me keep my Intel i5 750 cpu and just have to purchase this board. However....

Should I just go and purchase a newer mobo and cpu? Looking at these:
GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
with the memory and video cards I have?

Currently playing BF3.

Specs:
Intel i5 750 cpu
Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3 mobo
MSI 560ti Twin Frozr II
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (4 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) RAM
Intel SSD 80gb
Thermaltake Toughpower 650w PSU
 
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Return the card, sell the one you have and buy a 580 lightning or Asus DCU then overclock for great results. Your current Motherboard and CPU will in no way limit anything.

I recommend this as an option as I do not know much about SLI with 8 + 8 PCIE lanes.

I've read the losses are up to 8 % but this is with really high end cards.
The 560ti is a great card but not really as powerful as the surely amazing cards that were used in the reviews you have read.
Try selling your old board/cpu/heatsink as a combo deal on craigslist or anandtech's for sale forum. Keep running it until it's actually sold; I wouldn't order anything new either. It may take awhile to sell. And it's only 8 days until black friday if you live in the usa. It starts thanksgiving night at many stores. You may find some deals then at frys and newegg. I would start by asking $175 plus shipping. It's used stuff; too many folks overprice their stuff. It won't move if the price is high.
 

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I'm not trying to sell anything. I'll just pass down the old hardware to my other PC.
I just need advice on that old socket 1156 Asus board, and if I should just buy the Gigabyte Mobo/Sandy bridge instead.
 

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I have a Gigabyte GA-P55-UD6 that does SLI just fine. The only issue I have is that it does 1 slot X16 and the other X8

it has been flawless in its operation...
 
Return the card, sell the one you have and buy a 580 lightning or Asus DCU then overclock for great results. Your current Motherboard and CPU will in no way limit anything.

I recommend this as an option as I do not know much about SLI with 8 + 8 PCIE lanes.

I've read the losses are up to 8 % but this is with really high end cards.
The 560ti is a great card but not really as powerful as the surely amazing cards that were used in the reviews you have read.
 
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I've read the same, losses are not that great. Or noticeable.
Returning the new MSI card I just purchased through Newegg is not something I thought of. And if the 580 lightning will play BF3 on ultra or very close, that seems to be a good option. It'll give back $240.00 and the lightning is $525.00 -This one? or the Xtreme
 

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Thing is, I bought that card on a visa gift card, so it can't have funds added back to it. Wonder how newegg will issue this.

And the xtreme is already sold out :(
 

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Thank you, went through the Live Chat and they said if the refund fails to go through the original purchase method, they'll send a check. Started the RMA process.
Once I get the refund, hopefully that MSI Lightning Etreme will be in stock.

Thank you all for your help :sol: