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Old 05-07-2008, 05:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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ok...heres my setup, and I have a question:

Ram- Crucial Ballistix Tracer 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AL804 - Retail
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Processor- Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Retail $200
Video Card- EVGA 512-P3-N862-AR GeForce 9600GT Superclocked 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card Retail x2 $360
Hard Drive- Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM x2 $160
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Motherboard- EVGA 132-CK-NF78-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $250
Heat sink/Fan- ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - Retail
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Keyboard- Logitech G11 Silver & Black 104 Normal Keys 29 Function Keys USB Standard Gaming Keyboard Retail
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Mouse- Logitech MX518 2-Tone 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB + PS/2 Wired Optical 1600 dpi Gaming-Grade Mouse - Retail
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Monitor- KDS K-2237MDWB Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ HDCP support cd/m2 1000:1 Built in Speakers - Retail (1680 x 1050 recommended res)
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OS- Microsoft Windows XP Professional With SP2C OEM 64-bit $140


OK!!!! my question.....the gpu's 8800GTs, 8800GTS, 9600GTs, 9800GTX (SSC)..ect...ect...... im wondering is their any "hassle" to run in SLI, also, ALL the EVGA's have great reviews and ratings and awards and what-not on Newegg. So, my question is this. With the setup that I have, which EVGA video card/cards should I get? I don't want any "this is cheaper" stuff, I can spend like...~400/500 on 1, or on 2... Im looking for highest FPS...Ive read bunches of reviews and am going in circles. Any help would be appreciated.

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Also, im not interested in products coming out in like a month or 2.
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get a 9800gx2 for $500

but i'd get a better PSU...$140 for that is outrageous
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suggestion for another PSU?
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I have an evga GX2 for sale. Essentially brand new, had a little bit of benchmarking with it, but i just dont need 2. Quad SLI is overkill for what i play.
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Ive just been updated I can only spend $400 on the card/s
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From what i have read your best bet would be to go with the 9800gtx. It is under $400 and with the motherboard you have you can upgrade later. Get 1 now, down the road you could add another 9800gtx for sli, and down the road from that you could add a third for tri. By it's self the 9800gtx is a really good card, in bench mark tests it comes close to the 9800gx2. Two 9800GTX hooked up in sli is a lot faster than 1 9800gx2.

The reason you are getting confused from the reviews you are reading is that they were all wrote at different times. In May of 2007 the absolute best card out was not the best card in July of 2007.
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Thank You for your opinion, ill look into it ASAP.
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I think you should get just 1 or even 2 8800GTS with $400. Two 8800GTS will outperform a single 9800GTX

Get an eVGA to step-up when newer cards are coming out because the 9800GTX is like $100 extra and the 9800GTX is just an overclock of 8800GTS and with 1 8800GTS u will be able to play any game in high settings except Crysis

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