Wow - I found this mammoth thread using Google.
Looks like the thread is slowing down - the early days were great.
I tried to read the whole thing looking for answers - but the thread won,
I'm about 2/3 of the way through. Anyways,
I have an Asus A8n-SLI Deluxe since early July 2005.
Has been working well, no problems:
AMD Athlon X2 4600 Dual cpu
WD raptor 74 gig 10,000 rpm - fast
WD 200 gig 7200 rpm - storage
PC Power and Cooling 510 SLI 650 watts - the best
Cosair XMS 2 x 1GB 184 pin DDR400 PC3200 - pretty reliable
CD/DVD Plextor 716 E-IDE (baffling at times)
Antec P180 with 3 120mm fans - large but ok!
Windows XP sp2 - resisted changing
Video card BFG 9500 GT 1 GB DDR2 memory
(used to have XFX GeForce 6600 GT 128 meg)
1 - 24" Dell
flat panel - at 1920 x 1080i (best with dual link DVI cable more throughput)
1 - 19" HP f1905 (single link DVI cable)
I have nVidia Nview software controlling the monitors
I built this sytem from scratch in 2005.
I would like to add a Samsung 19" SyncMaster940b that I have doing nothing for now.
I would like to use the XFX GeForce 6600 GT 128 meg as 2nd non SLI video card.
I think my PC P&C power supply can handle the power requirements of two cards.
My BFG 9500 GT is in the blue PCI-express 16 slot.
When I put the XFX GeForce 6600 GT in the black PCI-express 1 slot
my system hangs at boot up time before any screen text shows anything.
It seems like there should be enough power considering the other powerhouse
video cards setups I have read about in this thread.
Thanks for any help,