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Building new comp. Looking for best card.

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December 8, 2007 2:25:35 PM

I am currently in the process of building a new computer. At the moment I am looking to buy the parts listed below. The problem is it has been so long since i built my last computer and I have not kept up with graphics cards. So I am not sure what the best is anymore.

Last time i built a computer ATI was in the lead. Now it seems they are about even with Nvidia edging ahead a little. I have just started researching cards and wanted to post on here and see what others have to say. I dont really have a budget I would like to stay around $400 but I am trying to build the best system possible for right now so feel free to recommend cards that might be above that. Thanks for any help you can provide.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (ordered 2)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (still debating the OEM since my last OEM failed just after the warranty)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (for cooling the CPU)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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December 8, 2007 2:32:00 PM

That looks like a great build, but the you should get a power supply, the Smillidon case is an amazing case, but the power supply not so much. My good friend actually owns that same case, but he bought a nice 750w PSU to keep his 10x HDD's powered. With your current setup I'd go with a 8800GT, since you have a SLI motherboard.
December 8, 2007 2:39:34 PM

I am going to buy a power supply but I am waiting to decide on one until i decide on a graphics card. Thanks for your suggestion the 8800GT is one I have actually been looking at.
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December 8, 2007 2:42:41 PM

The current absolute best right now is still the 8800 Ultra. There are 2 problems with that though. 1)The 8800GT gives you close performance at a fraction of the price and power requirements. 2) The new 8800GTS 512 is coming out and it's supposed to deliver 8800GTX like performance, again at a lower price and power requirements.

The new GTS is supposed to out this month (check me on this) so I would consider waiting just a bit longer to make your choice.
December 8, 2007 2:54:24 PM

I would get another SLI board. That board only gives you 16x on one slot and 8x on the other, so I would either get a 650 or 680 one. Since you're getting a SLI board, I would get the 8800 GT.
December 8, 2007 3:48:01 PM

I have your memory and your hard drive. Very happy with both

I went with a gt8800 ko. The new gts looks like a great card but the cooling on it only drops it 4c (from what i read) and its gonna cost around $400 (from what i read).
December 8, 2007 4:26:25 PM

Hmm did some more reasearch. Is SLI all its cracked up to sound like it should be? Im reading mixed reviews.
December 8, 2007 4:50:11 PM

Sli is worth it if you're running at high resolutions or using extreme AA (i.e. 8x or greater at high settings)
December 8, 2007 8:58:36 PM

hmm I am looking at getting this card.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I have been looking at the GT and the GTS's the prices are relatively the same but i cant really tell what the different is. I know this is a noob question but like I mentioned it has been a while for me. What is the different between the GTS and the GT?
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