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Old 01-26-2008, 05:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Well, for a while I was set on getting an 8800GT for my new build, and eventually adding a 2nd one using SLI. But I keep hearing talk that SLI just isn't worth it. So now I am trying to decide if I should just go with 1 nice 8800 card, or try out crossfire which I've heard good things about (although in the back of my mind I keep wanting to stick with Nvidia). I'll have a 750w PSU either way I go. Opinions?
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At what resolution do you game?
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I like to keep the resolutions fairly high, but am flexible on the matter. I have a Samsung 226BW 2ms monitor, and enjoy the 1680x1050.
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I would go for a single card really.

8800GTS 512mb would be ideal....the 8800GT 512mb is plenty capable as well and does wonderfully at that resolution.
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I was just wanting to have upgradibility down the line really, wouldn't get the 2nd card for a while. But I am guessing 1 card will suit my needs just fine for the most part.. By the way, how do you like your toughpower 750w? That is what I will be using heh.
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It's a great PSU....very stable, efficient, and more power than I'll ever need. Had it for about 1 year with tons of different setups and never had any problems. The rails are still solid as ever...tested them with a multimeter the other week. 12.08 idle and 12.06 with my q6600 under prime95 load and 100% gpu load with rthdribl

Which, with my clocks I would imagine would be around a 400-500 watt drain.
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Go with a single 8800GT now and replace it when the 9800GT/S (whatever it will be) comes out.
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^^ EVGA offers the upgrade program, correct?
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At this point I am between the 8800GT ($240) Newegg.com - EVGA 512-P3-N801-AR GeForce 8800GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
and the 8800GTS ($320) Newegg.com - EVGA 512-P3-N841-AR GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
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Having had both a GT and GTS, i like the GTS512 better, plus you'll be able to step up to a GTX in a month or 2 if you get the evga model.
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