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Old 10-06-2009, 03:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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SLI? As in you are going to buy two? You can do much better with a single, more powerful card.
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Raptors are not worth the money, actually. A SSD would cost too much, but you could grab a couple of WD Black drives, like these (close to the same speed, but cheaper and a lot more room):
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I may have to take you up on the wd black drives, they are a lot cheaper.i have a 74gb 10000 raptor anyways so i can just put certain files (like windows) on that.Im pretty set on every other component ive chosen though. Can you see any incompatibilities among them? Thanks for responding.
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Any specific reason you are set on them? Trotter made good suggestions there. Your PSU has 2 * 6 pin PCI-e connectors, you will need 4. You could use molex -> 6 pin adaptors though.
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The Apevia power supply is a very poor choice.
It's like getting heart surgury and opting for used heart valves.

The power supply is the heart of a PC, it supplies the power to every component. If you want to save money, save it on something else.
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well im pretty much set on them because I already have the case,power supply, ram, dvdrom. I am set on everything else because they come from brands I have trusted in the past and that have great ratings on newegg. Apevia even has great ratings and it was a great combo deal with the case. The 9800s in sli have a greater fps than a single 285 in all the games i play. How come i will need 4 6 pin connectors? On newegg it says the geforce card requires "6pin" not "2 X 6 pin". Did newegg make a mistake? Also, the power supply says sli enabled , i would think it would provide enough connectors for sli. Thanks for your help everyone
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If you'll look at the images of the card you'll see it has (2) 6pin connectors on it.


The power supply says SLI enabled, but it doesn't say for what cards. And you'll be using Crossfire, not SLI, and ATI cards are not "G-Force". G-Force is Nvidia.
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ohh, i think you read trotters post by mistake and not mine. Mine says Sli geforce 9800 gtx+

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Do you see any other incompatibilities?

Thanks again for your help guys!
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hah thanks for all your help. It looks like my motherboard doesnt support sli! After reviewing benchmarks, I think im going to take Trotters advice and get 1 gpu. I think im going to get Geforce 275, it only gets about 10 less fps than 2 geforce 9800s. It takes 2 X 6 pin so i should be set if i only get 1.
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