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August 12, 2008 7:47:18 PM

Hi

I´m planing to upgrade my system

my specs are
MOBO msi p6n 650
Core 2 Duo E6550
2 Gigs ram 800 mhz
2x 250GB HD
evga 9600gt
Coolmax 14027 550W

I´m thinking getting another 9600gt, my budget is very thigh t and i´m thinking about this because my mobo supports sli and I don´t want to spend more than us$150.

I don´t play crysis but I have seen pretty good benchmarks of this card in sli mode.

does it worth it?

thanks

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August 12, 2008 8:20:42 PM

Hi,

Yeah a second 9600GT would be a nice addition for not too much money. It would basically but your graphics performance around the same as the 3870 CF, 8800 Ultra, and somewhere between the HD4850 and HD4870.

I am in the same boat, although on the ATI side with a 3870. Make sure you have a good enough monitor to support higher resolutions.
a c 192 U Graphics card
August 12, 2008 8:23:14 PM

What brand and model is your "500W" PSU?
Based on what you listed plus my own assumptions, the PSU size calculator at http://www.extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine suggested 362W. A cheap 500W PSU might really only be capable of 350W-400W, and might choke, smoke, and croak under that load.
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August 12, 2008 8:30:27 PM

Good call on the psu, yeah definitely want to check that out as well before adding a second graphics card.
a c 192 U Graphics card
August 12, 2008 8:40:21 PM

Ooh, a CoolMax. Other than some much larger models, Coolmax PSUs are on the "Do not buy" tier at http://www.tomswiki.com/page/Tiered+PSU+Listings?t=anon. You might be safe, but if it were me, I'd replace it. None of the 550W Coolmax PSUs currently listed at newegg.com are SLI-certified.

August 12, 2008 8:46:37 PM

thanks, i´ll save some money first so I can buy another psu
August 12, 2008 8:46:51 PM

SLI-certified doesn't mean anything, but still stay the heck away from Coolmax. The PSU should be the longest-lasting component, get a quality one.

And as the owner of an EVGA 9600 GT SSC, even with the superhigh factory OC they still have a lot of headroom and are pretty darn fast anyway. I have Crysis at 1920x1200, all very high, full AF, 2x AA silky smooth, 4x kind of playable. And it can use PhysX (awesome for UT3 mods).
a c 171 U Graphics card
August 12, 2008 9:39:32 PM

Quote:
And as the owner of an EVGA 9600 GT SSC, even with the superhigh factory OC they still have a lot of headroom and are pretty darn fast anyway. I have Crysis at 1920x1200, all very high, full AF, 2x AA silky smooth, 4x kind of playable. And it can use PhysX (awesome for UT3 mods).


Leave your BS at the door please.

Here's an idea, but you'll need to do some leg work. You can pick up a 4850 for $150 after rebate from newegg.

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

Sell your current 9600GT, you might be able to get a 4850 for $100 or less, depending on what you sell the 9600GT for. I'm not sure how the performance of the 4850 compares to the 9600GT SLI. If it is close as was suggested, you might save in other ways such as lower power draw, less heat, etc. Add in the fact that you don't need a different PSU, mess with SLI, etc, this might be worth it. Well, you probably should replace the PSU, not a very good one.
a b U Graphics card
August 12, 2008 11:20:02 PM

LOL - Crysis silky smooth @19x12 very high and 2xaa on a single 9600GT.


OP: A second 9600GT would be very nice for $100 if the PSU is up to the task.
August 13, 2008 12:40:06 AM

themyrmidon said:
SLI-certified doesn't mean anything, but still stay the heck away from Coolmax. The PSU should be the longest-lasting component, get a quality one.

And as the owner of an EVGA 9600 GT SSC, even with the superhigh factory OC they still have a lot of headroom and are pretty darn fast anyway. I have Crysis at 1920x1200, all very high, full AF, 2x AA silky smooth, 4x kind of playable. And it can use PhysX (awesome for UT3 mods).

As an owner of a 9600GT

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I can play it on high at 1440x900 with no aa and get decent 20-40 fps, but there is no way IN HELL you are playing those settings with one 9600GT. My friends OC'd 8800GT can't even pull off that.
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