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Old 01-30-2008, 08:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Im just putting the finishing touches on my new pc and im debating to go SLi or not. The cpu im using is the Q6600 and im going to be using a 8800gts for the gpu. What are you thoughts on SLi? Typically I upgrade my video card every 18-24 monthes, so can I just add another of the same cards in a year? I guess I just need to read a good article on SLi if someone has one.
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SLI would be helpful, when playing games at a high resolution. So if you plan on gaming on resolutions 1920 x 1200 and up, you should SLI. Any lower, and a single powerful card such as the GTS 512, is good.
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What do you recommend for 2 SLi cards that wont break the bank? I'm just putting the feelers out there, more then likely I will prob stick with a single card.
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honestly, i feel it would be useless to go sli with the same video card you bought 2 years ago, the technology will be outdated. Shaders and other stuff. Like if you had a 6800 and now decide to add another, it wouldnt be very good compared to one of the newer cards out. My $.02
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Lets say I want to spend 400 on my video card. Is it better to get two cards at 200 and run them SLi or one beast at 400 and run it straight? I guess im just trying to see what going SLi would cost me and if its even reasonable for me to do that.
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The ONLY reason to do SLI is when the best card on the market isnt enough. I have SLI GTS512's because the performance is roughly that of the GTX for a lot less money and power draw. Personally just buy a single GTS512 and see if that is enough, then if you want more, buy a 2nd one. But unless you game on a 24" or larger monitor a single GTS512 will be plenty.

TL: DR version. buy 1 high end card instead of 2 lower end cards.
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Another advantage of SLI that I just found out....you have redundancy. I had a card crap out on me and rather than being out for two weeks while it was RMA'd I was still able to play games and have a computer functioning.
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Yep, its nice to have a spare card around. This is one of the reasons i never bothered to sell my 1650 (that and its only worth about 20 bucks) just in case to have a spare around. I'm hoping to be able to stagger my stepup so that i have 1 GTS while the other is in the mail.
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2 GT's would be alright to game with anything bigger than a 24" anything less i'd just get a single GTS
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