I'm building a new comp and already ordered everything except the video card. Specs for my new comp are as follows:
asus p5n32-e sli plus
2gb crucial pc-8000
seagate 7200.10 320gb
ocz gamextreme 700w
anyways my question is since i have an nvidia chipset(650i sli), are there any disadvantages besides losing out on sli in getting the new ati hd2900xt card? Any advantages in using an nvidia card, namely the 8800gts, with the nvidia chipset? or does it not matter?
i actually had my mind set on the 8800gts card for a while but looking at the specs and architecture of the 2900xt has got me doubting the 8800gts card in terms of longevity or more precisely future dx10 games. So i think as long as there isnt some wierd incompatablility problems that i will go with the new ati card.
2900xt and the 8800gts is about the same and on the motherboard it a 680i and not the 650i.
I think the P5N32-E SLI is based on 680i and the P5N32-E SLI Plus is based on 650i. You guys don't have the same type of motherboard, even if the names are so similar. Don't think it matters much anyway.
I'd go with the 8800 GTS 640 MB because it's got a less noisy cooler and more mature drivers, at least for XP.
The 680i chipset has a feature (LinkBoost or something like that) that makes 8800 GTX cards a few percentage points faster. Don't know if it's true for 650i and GTS cards.