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Asus p5n32-e sli plus and ati hd2900xt??

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May 24, 2007 1:38:13 PM

I'm building a new comp and already ordered everything except the video card. Specs for my new comp are as follows:

Intel e6600
asus p5n32-e sli plus
2gb crucial pc-8000
seagate 7200.10 320gb
ocz gamextreme 700w
vista 32bit

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.
May 24, 2007 2:04:48 PM

I would go with the geforce, because the motherboard is nvidia and it is guaranteed to work, and that way if it ever starts having problems, you know it is not compatibility issues.
May 24, 2007 10:55:51 PM

2900xt and the 8800gts is about the same and on the motherboard it a 680i and not the 650i.
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May 24, 2007 11:36:23 PM

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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.
May 25, 2007 1:04:08 AM

thanks for the replies. :) 

I think im gonna go with the 8800gtx card. Now i gotta decide which one...but ill prolly order it tomorrow.
May 25, 2007 1:13:24 AM

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I would go with the geforce, because the motherboard is nvidia and it is guaranteed to work, and that way if it ever starts having problems, you know it is not compatibility issues.

It will work fine. The chipset has nothing to do with what brand of video card you use.

But since katan already decided to go for a 8800GTX, it's a better card. :) 
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May 25, 2007 1:42:12 AM

Oh yeah. Now which kind of 8800 GTX?

Based on the reviews I've read I like eVGA (the ACS3 version) and BFG (the OC2 version) most, but they're more expensive than others. I'd avoid Sparkle because it consumes more power and it's noisier.
May 25, 2007 2:40:50 PM

oops i meant the 8800gts card,not rich enuff for the gtx :(  and i just ordered the evga ko card(found it for $320at zipzoomfly). so i should have my system running sumtime next week, i cant wait!

btw, i have to mention this b/c it was such a great deal...i got the 2gb crucial ballistic pc-8000 kit at mwave for $130 no rebates! thats a hellofa deal! at least i think so.

http://www.mwave.com/mwave/Skusearch.hmx?scriteria=BA23...
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