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  02 February 2013
Upgrading my Workstation - Which MoBo and Which GPU to add?

I'm thinking of upgrading my workstation from:
CPU: Intel I3 2100K
MoBo: DH67CL
GPU: GTX 580 1.5GB (x1)
RAM: 8GB (2 slots)
Dual-Monitor (different res')
4 HDDs
PSU: Gigabyte 900(unit) (can't find more details..)

To a:
CPU: Intel I7 3770K
MoBo: (???) (must be with PS2 connectors..I'm going to work with gaming hardware..)
GPU: GTX 580 1.5GB + (???) ---SLI!!
RAM: 16GB (4 slots?)\32GB
Dual-Monitor (different res')
6/5 HDDs (need opt for 6 anyway)
Same PSU

I have this budget:
for GPU - under 300$
For Mobo - under 300$ (too...)

and I'm going only with those brands:
Gainward, Intel, Asus, Gigabyte, NVIDIA

I work with Windows 7 64 Bit,
After Effects, (GPU AND CPU)
and mostly:
Cinema 4D (R14) (RENDERING, cpu only as c4d limits us)
(Also I'm a gamer..)

The specific questions are:

1) Should I take super cheap Quadro (under 300$, like quadro 600) or something else? (I need quadro for better dual-monitor setup, geforce with win7 doesnt support h-span)

2) Which MoBo should I take? does it really matter for my needs?

3) I already have a (Winfast PX) GeForce 8600gt in hand, should I SLI it, too?
(if mobo supports 3 way SLI, should I add it??)

4) Do I need a bigger PSU for this kind of SLI?

Well I got it that I can't SLI different GPU's and that's so sad..
And I wont buy cheap Quadro because it'll suck..
SO the only question is:

For the following specs what Mobo would you recommend me?
CPU: Intel I7 3770K
MoBo: (???)
GPU: GTX 580 1.5GB
RAM: 16GB (2 Slots) (Need 4 slots for future upgrades)
Dual-Monitor (different res') (future - 3 or 4)
6 HDDs
PSU: Gigabyte 900 Watt WITH BLUE LED LIGHTING (~.~) XD (just saw that and remembered..)
And i will probably need at least one PCI (no the mini but normal..) for the PS2 connection.
(Should I already have a SLI compatible Mobo?? In case I have spare 900$ for another 580 XD won't happen easily)

My final decision about my upgrade is:
CPU: I7 3770K (Box)
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO (Support for 3 way SLI)
RAM: 16GB (2 slots) (F3-1333C9D-16GAO)
Case: Phantom 410
And I'll order the SD-NECPS-2U2PS2 PCI card for PS2

Last edited by TDT-Alpha : 02 February 2013 at 06:45 PM.
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