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Old 11-28-2007, 01:36 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Personal opinion - I'd just stick with the single card theory bc/ by the time you truly need SLI or Crossfire (excluding a "pineapple" like Crysis - 10 points for whoever gets this recent tv show reference) then another single card will come out that can beat your SLI setup.
Bottom line for me: Why overkill when you don't have to?
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i agree though sli usually isn't worth it. however 2 8800gt's beats a gtx and costs less.
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Old 11-28-2007, 01:58 AM   #12 (permalink)
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i think your right to a certain degree, although there are many factors to consider. Its nice to have the "option" to upgrade whenever you like with another gpu. You still can have 1 card and wait for something more powerful to replace that.. possibly sli that. wouldnt it be nice to know you can simply add another card and get better fps.

isnt your overclocked Q6600 overkill?

PCI-E 2.0 SLi is the best option in my eyes.
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thnx for the advice, did some research and i see that pci e 2.0 is a better choice. how bout ABIT IX38 Quad GT LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard. Newegg.com - ABIT IX38 Quad GT LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
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X38 because its more for benchmarking.

X48 is coming out soon and so is the 7 series chipset but that P5K board is a really good overclockers.

And the eVGA 680I boards are mostly a rebranded 680I motherboard with an eVGA sticker on them.

P5K for overclocking does a much better job.
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x-48 is going to be cherry picked boards and is only going to support ddr3 just as a precaution. But the abit x38 board is looking good.
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with the current mb i picked (ix 38 abit)
will this ram be compatible?
Newegg.com - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
or must i have the same speed. (1066)
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that ram is good for that mobo. No they dont have to be the same, The motherboard supports 1066mhz and slower frequency ram .. i.e 800mhz Ballistix.

you will be able to overclock the ram so its nearer the 1000mhz anyway
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with the current mb i picked (ix 38 abit)
will this ram be compatible?
Newegg.com - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
or must i have the same speed. (1066)
yep.. it just means thats the default.. but u can use the other ddr2 types...
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thanks, purchase processed. Can't wait for it to arrive. Hope i dont have any problems putting it together. Theres a first time for everything
thanks to everyone for your advice, i wouldnt be able to do it without these forums.
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