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AMD Crossfire board with Ati or AMD SLI board with Nvidia !?

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January 26, 2006 5:16:02 PM

I want your opinion because now a have 2 PCs and I want to change them both:

pc1

Proc: AMD Athlon XP 1900+/ 1.66 Ghz
Motherboard: Asus A7N8X Nforce 2 ultra 400
RAM: 2 x 256MB Infineon DDR400, cl 2.5, kit of 2
Hdd: 80 Gb/WDJB/7200/8 MB
Video: Gecube Ati Radeon 9550 XT Pro AGP 8x 128 DDR
Monitor: LG Flatron 795+ FT 17"
CDROM ASUS 52X black retail

pc2

Proc: Intel 531 / 3 Ghz LGA 775 1 Mb Cache FSB 800 (Intel EM64T)
Motherboard: Asus P5AD2-Dlx, i925X
RAM: 2 x 512MB Geil Ultra X DDRII 667mhz, cl 3 radiator Al, kit of 2
Hdd: 2 x 200 Gb/Seagate/SATA/7200/8Mb
Video: Gecube Ati Radeon X700 XT Pro Heat Pipe Pci express 128 DDR3 1.6 ns
Monitor: SONY G520 21" dual input Tub Trinitron, Hub USB integrat 4 porturi
DVD Writer: Asus DRW-1608PBB black
Tast: IBM Classic Mecanic - aprox 1.5 Kg
Mouse: Logitech MX1000 Laser
WebCam: Logitech
TVTuner: Leadtek DV2000
Sound Card: Creative Audigy ZS 7.1

Thats why I want to know:

Is an AMD crossfire ready motherboard with ATI video cards better than and AMD sli ready motherboard with a Nvidia SLI cards, or not ?

thank you
January 26, 2006 5:28:33 PM

I'd say Nvidia...if you're on a low budget. Dual 7800gts are good. I wouldn't recommend the 6800s or 6600s, those things can heat up. The majority of Nvidia video cards are outperforming their ATI counterparts. But if you can afford it, you may want to look into the new ATI X1900s, as they are the equivalent, or even superior to the 7800gtx 512, especially the 1900XTX, that thing is a beast. Although one of those alone will cost u about 900 CAD, still, it is cheaper than the 7800gtx 512. Take a look at the benchmarks! http://www.tomshardware.com/2006/01/24/ati_radeon_x1900...
January 26, 2006 5:43:33 PM

Well i want the PC to be at about 1200 Euro, and this should include:
motherboard
cpu
video card (cards)
ram memory
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January 26, 2006 5:52:41 PM

At that budget, stick with nVidia. There are a lot more options for MBs and video cards with nVidia.

I'd only suggest going with Crossfire if you had a serious amount of money to spend (to buy the X1900 as it is the only ATI that has outperformed (albeit by a small amount) nVidia recently) and a willingness to experiment with emerging technology.
January 26, 2006 6:41:07 PM

Tell you what, before you buck up for 2 video cards look at the reviews on the new X1900 a single card that performs with 2 7800gtx's plus then you dont need to spend the money on an sli or crossfire board plus lower power of a 1 card solution vs 2.
January 26, 2006 6:51:25 PM

yes I saw the 1900xtx review but i don't belive that an ATI x1900xtx or and nvidia 7800gtxe can be added to my budget. I say this because here are the pricec in romania for thos 2 cards:

VC WinFast PX7800 GTX TDH E GF 7800 GTX 256Mb DDR3 PCI Express (256bit) TV-OUT DVI Dual Display VIVO SLI 24 - 579,6 USD (without VAT)

VC Connect3D Radeon X1900 XTX 512Mb GDDR3 PCI Express (256bit) TV-OUT Dual DVI Dual Display VIVO (Fan) 24 - 692 USD (without VAT)
January 26, 2006 7:20:12 PM

yes but what are 2 7800gt's gonna cost plus the psu for a 2 vid card system
January 26, 2006 7:30:28 PM

VC WinFast PX7800 GT TDH GF 7800 GT 256Mb DDR3 PCI Express (256bit) TV-OUT DVI Dual Display VIVO SLI 24 341,3 USD
VC WinFast PX7800 GT TDH E GF 7800 GT 256Mb DDR3 PCI Express (256bit) TV-OUT DVI Dual Display VIVO SLI 24 463,1 USD

POWER SUPPLY ATX 430W P IV TUV Antec TruePower 2.0 TP430PEC PFC Activ 120mm Fan - Temp. Auto Control 4 SATA connectors 36 69,9 EUR
POWER SUPPLY ATX 480W P IV TUV Antec TruePower 2.0 TP480PEC PFC Activ 120mm Fan - Temp. Auto Control 4 SATA connectors 36 83,1 EUR
POWER SUPPLY ATX 550W P IV TUV Antec TruePower 2.0 TP550PEC PFC Activ 120mm Fan - Temp. Auto Control 4 SATA connectors 36 98,3 EUR
January 26, 2006 8:38:01 PM

WTF Is Euro?, Can You Please Translate To $$ For Us "Yanks"? LOL :lol: 
January 26, 2006 8:42:13 PM

European Union currency. Current exchange rate is 1 Euro = 1.22 USD.

The dollar is in the cr*pper. Five years ago, 1 Euro was worth $0.80. And you thought deficits didn't have any effect on you - where are you gonna get your brie now, huh?!? :lol: 
January 26, 2006 9:03:01 PM

:)  Hi if you are thinking to go the ATI crossfire system then check out the
Asus A8r-mvp mobo
its cheep and better then the other crossfire mobos
http://www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=2617
as for the rest of your computer im shaw you will get some good advice
cheers Gazza
!