Hey Guys, I have just started on first self assembled PC. I have everything I need to get started. My current components are:
Cooler Master HAF X Case
ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel i7 920 CPU 2.66 GHz (Planning on Overclocking to about 3.6 GHz)
Prolimatech Megahalem Rev. B CPU Cooler
Intel 80 GB SSD for OS and primary applications
1 TB Western Digital Caviar Black for storage
2 x BFG nVidia GTX 285 1 GB graphics cards (will be running in SLI)
6 GB of Corsair Dominator DDR3 1600 RAM
My question is I have an empty PCIeX16 slot in my build left to fill and was thinking of installing a card for PhysX. I have an BFG 8800 GT 512 MB card from my old Dell PC....... would that work well as a PhysX card or would I need something more powerful to run PhysX with the 2 GTX 285's in SLI?
Any help you guys (and girls) could provide would be greatly appreciated.
P.S. I know that both ATI and nVidia have better cards out on the market right now but this being my first build I decided to keep a low budget. I got the GTX 285's from a friend who had them but upgraded to the Fermi GTX 470 card. Most of my components were either bought on sale or given to me...... I literally spent less than $600 for these components. The only thing I really splurged on was the Intel SSD and the Cooler Master HAF X.
The 8800GT should be just fine as a physX card for that build. While I think a cheap GTX260 might be ideal for that task, I don't see a reason to go buy one if you already have an 8800GT laying around . By the time the 8800GT can't hack it for physX you'll probably be replacing your 285s and just end up using one of those as a physX card. Of course, that's assuming physX sticks around, but hey it's good to be prepared
Thanks guys! You really helped me make up my mind about using the 8800GT as a PhysX card. I was hoping it would be adequate for running PhysX for the 285's. If I don't see any significant results using the 8800 GT I may upgrade later to a GTX 260 like megamanx00 suggested.