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crossfire or nvidia 8? help please

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December 14, 2007 3:19:11 PM

hi, well i'm setting up my own computer i just want to know what do you think:

Mother Board Intel D975XBX2
Intel Quad Q6600 2.4Ghz. FSB 1066 8Mb. L2
4Gb. DDR2 800 Mhz. memory
400Gb. S-ATA 300Mb./s
Viwsonic 19" LCD VG1930

Well those are the main characteristics, my doubt is about the graphic Card, I'm thinking in using crossfire technology, for that I intend to buy two ATI Radeon X1950 PRO of 512Mb. but this video setting would be good intead of a nVidia 8 series card or not?

If this was mentioned before, sorry.

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December 14, 2007 3:42:59 PM

Hi and welcome to the forums! One nvidia 8800 GT would be better than two of those cards in Crossfire. However, you could also buy one 3870/3850 512MB for now (cheaper than an 8800GT, but also a bit less performance), and then Crossfire later if you'd like. That might be your best option right there since Crossfire on two 38X0 cards scales very nicely, at least if you use AA/AF. At that resolution on your 19" it wouldn't be as nice scaling, but with AA/AF it should still scale well enough. You should read Maziar's guide on SLI/Crossfire FAQs first, though.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/245454-33-crossfire-f...
December 14, 2007 3:44:16 PM

*edit* Avenger_K beat me to it. :p 

With a 19" LCD - I really don't think you need Crossfire or SLI. I'd say a single HD3870 or 8800GT 512MB (both in the $250-270 range) would do you just fine. If you want to lower the price a bit - go for the cheaper HD3850 (~$170) or 8800GT 512MB (~$200).

I would suggest another motherboard as well. The Gigabyte P35-DS3L would work just fine (unless there is something you specifically need off the intel board.) Also check what the Cache size is on your HDD - it should be at least 16MB (higher is better).

What OS are you using? If you're going to use the full 4GB of RAM (or at least have apps. use more than 2GB) then you'll want to use a 64 bit OS. If you're going to stay with a 32bit OS for a year or more - I'd suggest just going with 2GB and saving the money.

*edit* To add to this:
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That might be your best option right there since Crossfire on two 38X0 cards scales very nicely. Also what resolution will you be using?
I think 19" (if it's a wide screen) will be 1440x900, which one 512MB card should easily be able to handle. But, yes, Crossfire does scale very well - often 30-50% increases vs. single card setups. (Didn't it do very well in DX10 scaling?) Anyways - with either 1 or 2 of the above mentioned cards, you can't go wrong. :) 
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December 14, 2007 3:58:43 PM

"Avenger_K beat me to it." :p 

Sorry mate. :p 
Yeah 19" would be 1440x990 (widescreen) or 1280x1024 (square), but with games like Crysis that love memory, the 512MB should be enough but not overkill. Like I said before, one card now and then another one later, or probably just one higher-end card later.
December 14, 2007 4:16:20 PM

Avenger_K said:
"Avenger_K beat me to it." :p 

Sorry mate. :p 
Yeah 19" would be 1440x990 (widescreen) or 1280x1024 (square), but with games like Crysis that love memory, the 512MB should be enough but not overkill. Like I said before, one card now and then another one later, or probably just one higher-end card later.

Where I'm from 1280 X 1024 isn't a square :) 
December 14, 2007 5:47:35 PM

rodney_ws said:
Where I'm from 1280 X 1024 isn't a square :) 


LOL! Where I come from it is :p  :D .

All I meant was that it was non-widescreen. Too many of my friends must call it square. :ange: 
December 14, 2007 6:06:30 PM

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All I meant was that it was non-widescreen. Too many of my friends must call it square.
Me and my buddies do the same thing. :p 
December 14, 2007 6:16:12 PM

rgeist554 said:
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All I meant was that it was non-widescreen. Too many of my friends must call it square.
Me and my buddies do the same thing. :p 


*Whew* Good thing to know that I'm not the only one. :D 
December 14, 2007 7:13:41 PM

4:3 = square.

Come on! Get with the program! :p 
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