I'm sorry if this is such a noob question but I am wondering which of these would be best bet. I typically use my computer for everyday use but I also game a little. I play Wow, Vanguard, Guild Wars, etc. but I am not sure which card layout would be the best.
Here is my current system:
Dell XPS 710 Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor E6600
Windows® XP Media Center
4GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz
Razer Tarantula Gaming Keyboard
Dual 256MB nVidia GeForce 7900 GS
480GB (3x 160GB SATA 10,000 RPM HDDs)
48x Combo + 16x DVD+/-RW w/ dbl layer write capable
Sound Blaster® X-Fi™ XtremeMusic (D) Sound Card
750-watt Power Supply
A friend of mine just built a brand new system and he purchased the below Video card for it:
XfX GeForce 7950 GT 512 MB GDDR3 ExTreme PCIE
However, he has decided to put in a newer card with more memory and said I could have that card, for free, if I wanted it.
I am wondering if the 7950 GT would be better than running Dual 256MB nVidia GeForce 7900 GS'.
Looks to be a toss-up depending on which particular game you play.
If it were me, I'd take the free video card, and sell all three of the cards on eBay, then use the money to buy an 8800GTS (or GTX if you got that much). :twisted:
before you go upgrading the GPU, make sure you have enough amperage.
Make sure you give yourself PLENTY of headroom. Dell doesnt offer the 8800 series on the XPS 710 so I would check it out thouroughly.
Personally, I would go with the SLI'ed 7900GS. You can OC them if you want to get a lot more performance. From what I remember the 7950gt only has marginally better performance than the 7900GS (which can be OC'ed heavily).
Go get the 7950 GT and sell it, cant hurt.
Youve got some insane setup there, what did that cost you 4.5grand?
4 gigs of ram, SLI, 10k-rpms
you might lose a bit of performance but it really depends on how much of a boost your games get from sli. Some dont get anything. I personally would go with the 7950, just because it would allow me to upgrade the gfx cards of two other machines! And I doubt you'd see a difference either way.