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Old 01-14-2008, 05:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question 500$...2 cards or 1...

Hello,
I'm building a computer and i'd like your opinion.
If you had approx. 500$, would you get one awesome graphics card or two average ones? (and why?).
Also, which one/ones would you go for?
Thanks!
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Old 01-14-2008, 06:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The only reason to go multi-gpu is when the top performing card isnt enough. That being said, either get 2 3870s or a single GTS512. SLI is a giant headache, mostly due to the nvidia chipsets you have to use.
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Old 01-14-2008, 06:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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*sigh* veedubfreak... i hope i dont have trouble with my sli false hope?
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Yeah dual card is only good when it's two of the top cards, otherwise you're better off going with a single better card. I'm probably going to be ordering an EVGA 8800GT or GTS so that if the 9800 comes out in 90 days I can step-up to it.
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i tried 8500 gt's in sli and i got less performance... lol
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It's my understanding that using 2 fairly good cards will help alot when gaming at high resolutions. That being said, the dual core GPU's are coming out soon and they're like 2 cards in 1. I heard the 3870x2 is gonna be priced at like 500$
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Does anyone know if the dual core cards are gonna require PCI-E x16 2.0? or will they run in standard x16?
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its PCI-e 2.0... but it doesn't "require" a PCI-e 2.0 SLot
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its PCI-e 2.0... but it doesn't "require" a PCI-e 2.0 SLot
I know the current PCI-E 2.0 cards don't, but I thought maybe the dual core cards might be different. If not, what eventually is going to require, or at least take advantage of, PCI-E 2.0? The current cards do not benchmark any better in a 2.0 slot versus a x16
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