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a b 4 Gaming
May 25, 2010 8:04:03 AM


I Have a(n)
Athlon 64 X2 2.6GHz
4Gb RAM (just upgraded from 2)
NVidia 8600GT 512Mb

and am considering getting another 8600GT for SLI - it seems like that'd be the most cost effective upgrade option.

Does that sound like sense?

However i can only find 8600GT cards with different memory, i could get one with 1Gb GDDR2 which i understand would just dumb itself down and run like another 512Mb card - but what difference would it make that my current graphics card has GDDR3 memory? can i even still SLI-them? i cant find any info on this anywhere...

Thanks guys!

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a b 4 Gaming
a b Î Nvidia
May 25, 2010 8:15:23 AM

Hello and welcome to the forums :) 
Before answering your SLI questions,i would strongly recommend you not to SLI your 860GT,because 2 8600GT's still won't perform well in games,so get a single fast card(like HD 5770/5850 or GTX 470)if your budget allows
a b Î Nvidia
May 25, 2010 8:21:53 AM

What about your monitor resolution?

Agree with Maz, you will better with a single powerful card.
2x 8600GT is not good enough.

And also, how much do you want to spend?
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May 25, 2010 10:05:04 AM

You could SLi them, but the performance gain wouldn't be worth the cost. You're probably better-off saving the cash, then selling your 8600GT and buying a better card.
a c 225 Î Nvidia
a b 4 Gaming
May 25, 2010 11:46:10 AM

Or keep the 8600GT for a PhysX card and get a GTS250/9800GTX for a main card, the reason I say that is I think anything much better will have issues with that CPU especially if it's a 939.