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Old 08-31-2009, 08:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Grampa Quincy here,,, First I would like to thank all who viewed and offered advice to my first post you all were very helpful.

Continuing with the gaming rig build I have been wondering if those of you who are experienced high end builders had to order your motherboard and gaming card[s] for a build you were working on today and if your budget was say $300.00 for the gaming card or cards only. Would you buy a SLI or Crossfire capable motherboard and divide the three hundred into two $150.00 cards or would you buy the board and one $300.00 card and not even consider twin gaming cards?

Again, thanks for sharing your knowledge

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Old 08-31-2009, 08:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would buy one $300 dollar card now and then possibly buy another one in the future if a good deal comes around.
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Yea, like Slay said, I would buy 1 $300 card.
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Yep, that's definitely the way to go. Get the gtx 285 now, and then wait for it to get really cheap (like $100), and add another one.
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Old 09-01-2009, 09:15 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I asked the question because I have read some articles where the author did not think the second card boosted the graphics any more than about 20% I did not think you guys would think outside the box like you did. So, does that mean that if you had the money up front would you go for two high end cards from the get or is the performance boost not worth the cost of the seconc card until the price goes down?

Thanks again for the input.

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well, it's all relative. because different cards scale differently. but i would wait for the next gen cards to come out before i made any kind of decisions on cards.
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Yourre planing on a TV as your screen... While big.. the resolution ain't huge. A single card will do fine.
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I asked the question because I have read some articles where the author did not think the second card boosted the graphics any more than about 20%
It all depends on the game, some games scale better with 2 cards than other games. An as philbar71 stated, some cards scale better than others in various games.

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So, does that mean that if you had the money up front would you go for two high end cards from the get or is the performance boost not worth the cost of the second card until the price goes down?
I've been buying 2 high-end card at the same time for years now, but it really all depends on your budget and your Gaming habits
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