PS: OCZ 700 watt PSU. There are 2 pci-e power plugs, so it could support 2 cards.
Vid Card: EVGA 8800 GTS 640 (takes 1 pci-e plug)
Board: EVGA 680i sli
CPU: E6750 @ 3.2Ghz
I know the PS can handle 2 of these 8800gts' with no problem on this board, but what I don't know is if there is enough juice in the PS to handle the rest of the setup:
4-disk SATA RAID0
2-disk SATA RAID1
controller card w/ SATA dvd burner
x-fi gamer sound
I need a video card upgrade, and have found locally another 8800gts 640 of the exact same make and model of my card for $50 so I could go the SLI route to put off the major upgrade for a while longer.
Will 700 watts be able to power all this, or is the whole 8800gts 640 in SLI route futile with the 465 fermi cards being <$250?
Since it will hold the power, the next question is:
Is it worth the $50 to get the extra card and attempt SLI, or just take the plunge for a new card altogether? I haven't found any benchmarks that show the 8800 gts sli v/s the current generation.
You can sell the video card and get a new one that will be used in the future rig too. You can wait a little bit, the prices are dropping.
To defend its market share, AMD plans to cut prices for its ATI Radeon HD 5000-series GPUs in the near future. The action also serves as preparation for the upcoming Southern Islands GPUs, the sources noted.