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January 29, 2007 12:33:41 AM

I just finished building a sweet system and the only left to get is my SLI Vid cards, but I'm not sure which to get.

Here's the rig:

AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+
ASUS A8N-SLI Premium
2 gigs Crucial DDR RAM

I really like the BFG GeForce 7950 GT.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Do you guys have any other suggestions? I think its a good budget card, but if you guys think otherwise please let me know. Remember I want SLI cards.

THANKS!
January 29, 2007 12:59:14 AM

SLI is a waste of money. Just get a 8800gtx or wait for R600 if you can. With a 8800gtx you will get crazy performance and dx10 capability. Why spend so much on 2 dx9 cards.
January 29, 2007 1:47:42 AM

wow, thanks for the heads up. I was getting all excited about having SLI :) 

What about the GeForce 8800 GTS? Just a smaller version of the GTX?

Thanks!
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January 29, 2007 3:46:17 PM

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wow, thanks for the heads up. I was getting all excited about having SLI :) 

What about the GeForce 8800 GTS? Just a smaller version of the GTX?

Thanks!


Howdy. The GTX 575/1800mhz 768mb of ram. $590+or-
The GTS 500/1600mhz and only 640mb of ram. $409+or-

hehe I just said ONLY 640mb of ram. :p  Thats the only difference and they will both smoke and glow in the dark. :)  Good Luck! :) 
January 29, 2007 3:50:00 PM

Thanks guys!
I just ordered my 8800 GTX. I'm stoked :) 
January 29, 2007 9:10:31 PM

All right man, have fun with her. :D 
January 29, 2007 9:14:14 PM

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All right man, have fun with her. :D 


yes... and use protection. she'll burn your pecker off.
January 29, 2007 9:15:38 PM

haha :lol: 
January 29, 2007 9:44:18 PM

Great choice. Know that gtx also has more unified shaders than gts. It's 128 vs 96. They work in faster frequencies too! Enjoy! 8)
January 29, 2007 10:18:39 PM

yea i'm happy with my choice, what i didn't know is that it game with the pci-e adapters for the power connectors. before i knew it i bought a new power supply that has two of those pci-e power connectors already on it.

oh well :) 
January 29, 2007 10:32:46 PM

That's less cable mess for you! :wink:
January 30, 2007 12:47:26 AM

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All right man, have fun with her. :D 


yes... and use protection. she'll burn your pecker off.

Or grind it up with its fan and annoying whine! :lol: 
January 30, 2007 1:12:34 AM

man you guys are great!

i should have it tomorrow and up and running by tomorrow evening. I'll keep you guys posted on my thoughts about it. I just hope my processor doesn't cause it to bottleneck, ya know? AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+

8)
January 30, 2007 1:36:33 AM

when in doubt overclock it a little bit and yes it will be a minor bottleneck at peak framerates but nothing that you will notice given it will likely be able to render 60FPS+ under any circumstance you care to mention which is more than you can discern and equal to the refresh of LCD's meaning you won't be losing a thing.

p.s. I agree with the rest SLI is a terrible waste of money with criminally shoddy driver support who's creation was a marketing ploy meant for those who simply want without financial concern.
January 30, 2007 2:49:27 PM

Great! I got my card :D  I'm still at the office though so I can't play with it until I get home. I have a n00b question though. Which PCI-e slot to I install it to? The one closest to the onboard device panel (audio, lan, etc) or the one farthest from the onboard device panel? The reason I ask is I already put the manual for the board in the attic and don't fee like digging it out when I get home :)  I'm assuming its going to be the first right?


Thanks! :D 
January 30, 2007 3:24:53 PM

I don't think it really matters but I've always installed my video cards in the top PCIe slot just out of leftover habit from the AGP days.
January 30, 2007 7:02:47 PM

well I got it installed. it runs great! I'll play with it more at home.

my next question is : is there a guide or something for helping me configure the card in the nvidia manager? or should I set everything to let the application handle it? I've never had a card quite this powerful, I wanna make sure I'm benefiting fully from it.

Thanks!
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