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Old 07-04-08, 09:22 PM   #1
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Default Motherboard recommendation for GTX 280 SLI?

I'm looking at what motherboard to buy for GTX 280 or 260 SLI, and I want to still be able to use my X-Fi XtremeMusic so there must be a standard PCI slot free. I was eyeing up some 750i boards including the Asus P5N-D, however with SLI, on the P5N-D there's only the very bottom PCI slot free, and the X-Fi would be right next to the fan of the bottom GTX, which I am assuming would cause havoc for overheating as it is blocking the airflow, and may cause problems with making the X-Fi get too hot too.

I thought of a 780i board, but from what I have read, if you only have 2-way SLI, you have to use the top and bottom PCI-e 16x slots, which stops you having any room for the sound card.

Any suggestions?
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