such a thing a a SLI motherboard with DDR3 support?

Gwaihir

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Heya!

I am building a new PC. I kind of got my hands on a MSI GeForce8800GT 512MB video card, which I understand is really good. I wanted to SLI it up with a second (which I would purchase).

HOWEVER... I also kind of had my heart set on DDR3. But I can't seem to find any mobo's that can do SLI and DDR3. No such animal?

Be that the case... what would you suggest? Dump the card for the DDR3 motherboard (I am thinking the ASUS Maximum Extreme), or go with a different motherboard (please recommend one?) or give up on SLI and just use the 8800 solo with the Maximus Extreme?

Some things that *might* matter.
* I wanted to use dual monitors. I hear there may be problems with SLI not doing dual monitors...
* I intend to go water cooling
* I was thinking an Intel Quad-Core processor, most likely Core 2 Quad 6600.

Any advise would be appreciated!

Thanks!!!
 

chookman

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First things first... no current SLI board will support DDR3. The 780i chipset thats comming is supposed to have a variant that will have DDR3 but im yet to see it. Why do you want DDR3 now anyways 3 times the price for little to no perofrmance increase

What Res are you running? I dont have any idea about having games play on seperate montiors so im not sure about this. But why not just get a bigger screen is you want spanned screens? 2x19's? goto a 24,27 at 1920x1200 and you have most of your res back. Or to a 30" and get well over your res back. If you are getting into the 1600x1200 or higher SLI would be a niche.

Water cooling? Why? the Q6600 overclocks to 3ghz+ on air?
 

Gwaihir

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I don't run high res. I just read that SLI may not help me then. I want dual monitors because my second monitor runs email, web, etc... while my primary games. Right now I have 2 monitors on my video card, and my games are very jumpy.

I was thinking of water cooling for 2 reasons.
1. it should be quieter then air. My current rig sounds like a jet engine taking off in my office with it's 5 fans + cpu fan + gpu fan + power supply fan. It's absurd.
2. I like the look of the water pipes going through the case with nice lighting effects added. :p

As for DDR3, I had heard that it was faster if clocked right. Is that not true?
 

chookman

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Oh my god the cool water pipes lol

Quiet? easy
Case: Antec P182
CPU cooler: Thermalright Ultra 120 uber special and a high quality 120mm fan
PSU: With 120mm fan and fan control.

Quiet problem solved.

DDR3 is great if you are doing sythetic benchmarks... which are usless to everyone it seems, EXCEPT reviewers.

You dont want SLI then... any GPU with dual heads will do that, except ive never had good result with running a game one monitor and email on the other.