Originally Posted by XMAN52373
If this is your board; http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16813131352R
Dont see why you would have to upgrade as you could use slots 1 and 3 unless the supplied SLI connector is a short one. And those can be had for less than 20 bucks. Which leaves water cooling, dangerden.com, I'd say an upgrade would be closer to 1500 than 2g.
Still too expensive tho. $$$$$ is why I voted no, and heat. Noise is a non issue for me.
Yes that is the board. I can't run double slot card in slot 3. I don't like water cooling so I would try the mobo upgrade first. Something like ASUS Rampage III Extreme, soon to be out. The water-cooling would be the last resort most likely not only to keep the heat down but also the noise.
I didn't upgrade to HD 5870 CrossFire for exactly the same reason and most likely I could have run the cards on slot 1&2 some people do and have no problem. Some people actually run 3x 5870 cards site by site without problem.
Was waiting for the HD 5970 even though it's slower than the 5870 Crossfire.
single card is definitely a better choice. Also have ATI TV Wonder 650 PCI E, which leaves me with one spare PCI E single card slot, on the present ASUS Rampage II Extreme setup.
I might upgrade storage drives to SATA 3, in that case I need PCI E slot for this
without buying new mobo. I do prefer not to buy new mobo until Intel gets the new SATA 6Gb and USB 3 chip-set, most likely not till Q1 2011.