what is the best mb for crossfire 4870's with

June 24, 2011 at 16:17:32
Specs: Windows 7, core 2 Extreme
What is the best motherboard to run crossfire 4870's with an Intel Core 2 Extreme,Intel recommends the 975X Express Chipset or P965 Express chipset.Will my cpu work with other chip sets?I was told I need two PCI-E x16 specificly because if 1 slot is x8 or x4,my cards will run slower.I just want a board that will maximize my x16 cards with this CPU.I miss my games,please help,I have a lot to learn.

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#1
June 24, 2011 at 18:12:14
Are you stuck in 2008? The CPUs are "old", the chipsets are "old", the graphics cards are "old". It's time to catch up.

"I have a lot to learn"

Yes you do.


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#2
June 24, 2011 at 19:11:27
Your response is rude and uncalled for.If you can't help ,don't respond.You'll just display your juvenile ignorance.

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#3
June 24, 2011 at 21:51:34
Seeker56. Mickliq is telling the truth, you have 3 year old hardware, and that is not rude.

My advice is to build a new PC, it is not cost effective and performance effective to update what you have..


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#4
June 24, 2011 at 22:58:18
the core 2 extreme is a good processor(its got 4 cores).its got an unlocked multiplier for easy overclocking and two 4870 in crossfire are powerfull.they can run crysis on eveything maxxed at over 30 fps.dont listen to mickliq he is allways NEGATIVE.He will tell a guy who has bought and hd 6990 that it isnt good enough and he needs to buy another one and put it in crossfire for good gaming.mickliq can i ask u one question what specs do your pc have.NO LYING!

seeker56 you should use the card that intel recomended

Intel Core 2 Duo E2180 @ 2.00 GHz

2 GB DDR2 DAM

XFX Radeon HD 4650

250 GB HDD


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#5
June 25, 2011 at 06:15:43
@masterofnocrack
core 2 xtreme can be a quad or dual core e.g c2e x6800.

Now socket 775 and fsb is a old news but i agree it's a good hardware. Newer system can easy outpeform old system and use low power.
Don't buy old hardware unless you are broke like me.

We can not fight new wars with old weapons, let he who desires peace prepare for war - PROPHET.


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#6
June 25, 2011 at 08:24:43
"mickliq can i ask u one question what specs do your pc have"

Just so we're clear, I'm not a gamer & never claimed to be. I'm a "computer enthusiast" & I know a thing about hardware, both new & old. I build & repair computers as a hobby & have been doing it for well over a dozen years. I'm an old man, not a kid. My other hobbies are Harleys, classic cars & auto repair/modifications in general. Anyhow, I have several desktop systems. One on each floor of my house (actually there's 2 on the 2nd floor), plus one in the garage:

[hardware list deleted]


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#7
June 25, 2011 at 08:55:39
Most decent 775 Motherboards are no longer manufactured, but found this:

http://www.pcupgrade.co.uk/productd...

Just in case you are wondering I run a Linux JoliOS on an Acer ONE Atom 1600mhz Netbook, with an 8GB Solid State Drive.


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#8
June 25, 2011 at 11:31:44
I am disabled and have little income.I would love to start building a new game computer but I cant afford it now.An upgrade of $250.00 is doable.

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#9
June 25, 2011 at 11:44:35
Thank you Cloudcentric,for the info! One thing I don't understand,when going crossfire,why does the second PCI-E slot often drop speeds to x8 x8.Is x16 x16 imposable for an old rig like mine?

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#10
June 25, 2011 at 18:15:10
now thats a lot of computers.look at all those old and new computers.but still a little positivity wouldn't hurt.why does everyone blindly opt for over 4gigs of ram.some games don't work on 64 bit oses

Intel Core 2 Duo E2180 @ 2.00 GHz

2 GB DDR2 DAM

XFX Radeon HD 4650

250 GB HDD


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#11
June 27, 2011 at 10:18:26
"I am disabled and have little income.I would love to start building a new game computer but I cant afford it now.An upgrade of $250.00 is doable."

It's unclear what hardware you actually have & what you would need to purchase? Personally, I think Crossfire & SLi setups are a complete waste of money. You have the cost of 2 cards, the added cost of a board that supports it (generally higher than a standard board), the need for a better/higher wattage power supply, plus the cost of a higher electric bill (which most people don't bother to factor in). And to top it all off, the performance difference between a single card vs the Crossfire config generally isn't all that huge.

The P965 was great in it's day, but it's old news, so is the 975x. Did you look at X48 boards? But like I said, this is 2008 technology & the chances of finding one "new" are probably slim.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...

Here's a refurbished X48 board for $49, use code GEEKBERT for an additional 10% off. Make sure you're aware that it's the board ONLY. No I/O shield, no cables, no manual, etc, are included:

http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?in...


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#12
June 27, 2011 at 21:36:41
Thanks Mic, how do I get a user guide and support cd.I found aI/O plate.I think I'm almost there!

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#13
June 29, 2011 at 08:24:24
Everything you need can be found at the ASUS site - manual, drivers, BIOS updates, etc.

http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/In...

You realize that board requires DDR3 RAM, right? Luckily it's getting very cheap:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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