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    sli and asus board

    hi

    looking to go a64.

    if i buy an sli m/b do i have to run 2 g/cards from it?

    or can i have the one card that is pci-e'd up.

    after a good price for an a64 and nf4 board. whats good and wheres the cheapest pleace to buy from?

    should i go secondhand??

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    You can run a single card if you want - there's a daughter board for changing the PCIe lanes on the 16x connectors. You either have single graphics mode (one slot runs 16x the other 1x) or SLI (both run at 8x). Most SLI boards have that - some have jumpers that do the same.

    My ASUS A8N SLI is doing OK - the BIOS still needs work but it's OK once you get used to it.

    You can even run a PCI (old skool) off the boards if you get the urge.
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    so its best to get a non sli board if i have no intention of going sli then

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    Yes, I'd only ever recommend an SLI board to somebody wanting an SLI system.

    There are some decent nForce 4 ultra boards out there.
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    what boards would you recommed for someone on a budget. i will buy a amd64 3000 winchester chip and 1024 mg of corsair ram.

    may upgrade to a 6600gt g/card but not sure of performance gains over a 9800 pro.

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    Well I did a news post yesterday about a review of an NF4 board "for the masses":

    http://forums.hexus.net/showthread.php?t=39356

    Worth looking at, perhaps.
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    Well althought the gains are from 6600gt are not massive, I find that it deals with complicated textures better than my 9800 did i.e frame rate is higher through these scences, get 8500 3dmarks which is quite a few more than I used to get.

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