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Setting up SLI/Crossfire & I have two options?? Any help would be gr8!

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February 16, 2011 5:14:24 PM



Hi guys, id like to try and set up two graphics cards..I really dont have much knowledge about Crossfire or SLI, however do have the following graphics cards to work with, Oh and iv got a corsair 850watt modular PSU..any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!


XFX HD-577X-ZMF3 Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

AND

Two-
Palit NE5X460SF1102 GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Sonic 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

I also another GTX 460
GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-1GI GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

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February 16, 2011 5:46:03 PM

I suggest option two, because it is the fastest. Btw your psu can handle all your options fine.

I hope this helps. Cheers!
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February 16, 2011 5:49:46 PM

Dual GTX460 would be the better option. Also as stated above your PSU will handle it without any problem. You didn't mention your Motherboard, therefore I'm assuming that it will run SLi without a problem, be sure to check that before investing money into multiple GPUs :D 

Cheers,
Hope this helps.
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February 16, 2011 5:52:18 PM

nuqq said:
You didn't mention your Motherboard, therefore I'm assuming that it will run SLi without a problem, be sure to check that before investing money into multiple GPUs :D 


^1+ :D 
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February 16, 2011 5:54:58 PM

nuqq said:
Dual GTX460 would be the better option. Also as stated above your PSU will handle it without any problem. You didn't mention your Motherboard, therefore I'm assuming that it will run SLi without a problem, be sure to check that before investing money into multiple GPUs :D 

Cheers,
Hope this helps.
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Thank you so much for your quick response, i have an asus P7P55D-e pro with an I7-860 8 gigs of corsair xms3, i just installed the corsair H70 and its all going in my new Obsidian 800D.

While im writting, maybe you can advise me as to anotherfeature im going to try...id like to set up raid0 with two Western Digital Raptor 600GB ...have you and suggestions as to set this up? Thanks so much!
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February 16, 2011 6:01:52 PM

Very nice setup, that 800D is a superb case, everything looks so clean in it.

As far as setting up RAID0, there's not much to it, set your SATA Controller to RAID in the BIOS. During your POST/Boot you'll need to hit CTRL-I in order to enter the Intel Matrix RAID setup utility, there you just need to create a new RAID0 array select the drive you want to include in the array (your 2 Raptors). It is recommended to connect your drive in the lowest SATA Port # possible (0 and 1) when running RAID as your boot drive.

Hope this helps,
And have fun building that computer :D 
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February 16, 2011 9:53:10 PM

nuqq said:
Very nice setup, that 800D is a superb case, everything looks so clean in it.

As far as setting up RAID0, there's not much to it, set your SATA Controller to RAID in the BIOS. During your POST/Boot you'll need to hit CTRL-I in order to enter the Intel Matrix RAID setup utility, there you just need to create a new RAID0 array select the drive you want to include in the array (your 2 Raptors). It is recommended to connect your drive in the lowest SATA Port # possible (0 and 1) when running RAID as your boot drive.

Hope this helps,
And have fun building that computer :D 


Hey thanks again for the quick response, so this is my first build with two Graphics cards and a raid0 connection, now you mentioned to connect the lowest sata port...well each drive is sata 6 and on the p7p55d-e pro there are two white sata connections which id like to use...would you suggest i use them and get the most out of the two raptors for a raid0...again i dont know much about these two topics,

as for setting up the two Palit NE5X460SF1102 GeForce GTX 460 cards, (which we all seem to agree is a better set up than the radon 5770 correct?) o then simply attach the crossfire bridge, and then which slot do i want to plug the monitor into?

Also if you have seen the obsidian case i installed the two raptors in the lower bay which holds just two Harddrives, i did not install them in the hotswappable bays. I just want to make sure id be setting this up correctly by pluging the sata cable right into the two white sata 6 slots, rather than slots 0 @ 1...or should i ignore the sata 6 factor and install them in the two blue ones?

Again thank you so much for your advice with this :-)
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February 16, 2011 11:53:12 PM

Wow, just wow.

Send a link to your new thread when none of this turns out good.
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February 17, 2011 12:16:44 AM

pathfinder2 said:
as for setting up the two Palit NE5X460SF1102 GeForce GTX 460 cards, (which we all seem to agree is a better set up than the radon 5770 correct?) o then simply attach the crossfire bridge, and then which slot do i want to plug the monitor into?

It's not a CrossFire bridge, it's an SLI bridge connector and it's included with motherboards that support SLI mode.

In a non-NV Surround dual card SLI setup there is a primary card that is located in PCIe 2.0 x16_1 slot (blue) to which the monitor(s) are connected.

You should download and install the latest graphics card driver from NVIDIA's website. Don't use the obsolete drivers on the CD/DVD that is included with the graphics card.

You have to open the NVIDIA Control Panel to set the SLI and PhyX Configuration. By default SLI is disabled whenever you install the graphics card driver, that includes installing a later version of the driver.
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February 17, 2011 2:53:37 PM

ko888 said:
It's not a CrossFire bridge, it's an SLI bridge connector and it's included with motherboards that support SLI mode.

In a non-NV Surround dual card SLI setup there is a primary card that is located in PCIe 2.0 x16_1 slot (blue) to which the monitor(s) are connected.

You should download and install the latest graphics card driver from NVIDIA's website. Don't use the obsolete drivers on the CD/DVD that is included with the graphics card.

You have to open the NVIDIA Control Panel to set the SLI and PhyX Configuration. By default SLI is disabled whenever you install the graphics card driver, that includes installing a later version of the driver.



Okay great thank you...my motherboard did come with an SLI bridge....Do you think this is a wise set up im thinking about? As for the two raptor drives in Raid0, and the two GPUS in SLI....i did just install a corsair H70 so cooling shouldn't be an issue.
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February 17, 2011 2:54:55 PM

4745454b said:
Wow, just wow.

Send a link to your new thread when none of this turns out good.



Im sorry but what exactly do you mean? Do you have any info that can help me figure out how to set all this up properly, i am fairly new at this.
Thanks,
Ed
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February 17, 2011 3:41:04 PM

pathfinder2 said:
Im sorry but what exactly do you mean? Do you have any info that can help me figure out how to set all this up properly, i am fairly new at this.
Thanks,
Ed


Don't say thanks to him Ed, because he is just being rude. Yea 4745454b thanks for being so helpful.. :sarcastic: 

Palit GTX 460 in SLI is the best option for you and that is a fact! Don't worry, also your raptors in raid would be awesome! I wish you luck!
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February 17, 2011 3:55:32 PM

Was being rude to make a point. The OP is simply setting up things he's heard about. I had a coworker once try to convince me his 6600s (not the GT) in SLI was faster then my x1800xt because he was using two cards. You can't cf/sli a 5770 and a GTX460. You can SLI the two 460s, but you have to make sure your mobo supports it. Just running out and setting things up you've heard about pretty much guarantees failure. Asking questions on what you need to do to accomplish X works a lot better.

But what do I know. I'm not running SLI so obviously my opinion doesn't count.
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February 17, 2011 4:01:18 PM

pathfinder2 said:
Okay great thank you...my motherboard did come with an SLI bridge....Do you think this is a wise set up im thinking about? As for the two raptor drives in Raid0, and the two GPUS in SLI....i did just install a corsair H70 so cooling shouldn't be an issue.

I changed my two Raptors in RAID0 to an SSD. The SSD is definitely faster. Extremely low latency, no noise, very little power consumption and almost no heat.
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February 17, 2011 5:15:50 PM

4745454b said:
You can't cf/sli a 5770 and a GTX460. You can SLI the two 460s, but you have to make sure your mobo supports it. Just running out and setting things up you've heard about pretty much guarantees failure. Asking questions on what you need to do to accomplish X works a lot better.


Ofc that you can't cf/sli 5700 and GTX 460, and he knows that! He said two Palit GTX 460 in sli... Did you read pathfinder2 question? I don't think so... :non:  :pfff: 

"If your mobo supports it" What was that about? Hes mb supports SLI and CF. pathfinder2 said what mb brand/model he own! You don't read other ppl opinions and btw you are being rude? :pfff:  Very professional... :sarcastic: 

"Asking questions on what you need to do to accomplish X works a lot better." I agree with you on this one. But you don't need to be rude to someone and you better read questions before trying to help someone. This is my advice to you 4745454b. Cheers man!


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February 17, 2011 7:51:03 PM

adampcman said:
Don't say thanks to him Ed, because he is just being rude. Yea 4745454b thanks for being so helpful.. :sarcastic: 

Palit GTX 460 in SLI is the best option for you and that is a fact! Don't worry, also your raptors in raid would be awesome! I wish you luck!


Thank you adampcman, and to everyone else who is sincere in there reply's...yes its true, i am not very knowledgeable about setting up two GPUs asewell as setting up any of the Raid Levels,

However I already have the graphics cards and the hard drives, I didn't run out and buy everything at once...


I just now completed the build, have all the fans running, and inserted the windows 7 64bit disc, Right now Im stuck with trying to figure out how to install the drives in raid0, im reading my Manuel and looking for a guide on line to get them installed correctly and most efficiently.

Thats when i checked this post and saw the messages, Again thank you ADAMPCMAN, your suggestions and guidance is greatly appreciated...If you have any advice as to how to get the raid set up it would be great, im sure ill figure it out by reading up on the topic some more...but any suggestions would be wonderful!
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February 17, 2011 8:22:14 PM

Thank you Ed.

About raid setup i only know theory (what i learned from school and my own online research) and i don't have practical experience.

So i suggest that you listen to "nuqq" advice, he told you step by step how to setup your raptors in raid. It's no big deal, just follow his instructions... :) 
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February 17, 2011 10:58:07 PM

nuqq said:
Very nice setup, that 800D is a superb case, everything looks so clean in it.

As far as setting up RAID0, there's not much to it, set your SATA Controller to RAID in the BIOS. During your POST/Boot you'll need to hit CTRL-I in order to enter the Intel Matrix RAID setup utility, there you just need to create a new RAID0 array select the drive you want to include in the array (your 2 Raptors). It is recommended to connect your drive in the lowest SATA Port # possible (0 and 1) when running RAID as your boot drive.

Hope this helps,
And have fun building that computer :D 



Hi NUQQ....so i followed your directions however i canonot get into the intel matrix setup utility? I guess my first question would be do i need to install windows on one drive, and then create a Raid0 Array? I did go into the Bios and set it from IDE to Raid and when i hit f6 or CTRL-I id get a screen that asked me to select 1 of 3 choices, i picked the create a ahci/raid which was number 1 then the next screen opted me to select 32bit or 64 bit...then it asked for drive A, however i do not have a floppy drive..so then i googled around to see if i could put it on a usb drive and i ended up following those directions but to no avail?

Also you mentioned if possable connect the two drives to 0&1, well i wanted to connect them to the sata 6 ports which are white and at the bottom of the MOBO which again is a P7P55DE - PRO.....

If there are any ideas or experinced suggestions i could use them about now, thanks so much!
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February 18, 2011 12:50:06 PM

My advice: Don't bother with SLI or Crossfire at all. The performance gains are never what you expect and the driver support is average at best.

For the money you spend on 2 mid range graphics cards you could get a top-end graphics card which delivers far greater FPS and you won't have to spend all your life downloading patches & driver updates and looking at BSOD and wondering what you did wrong....
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February 18, 2011 3:31:39 PM

pathfinder2 said:
...then the next screen opted me to select 32bit or 64 bit...then it asked for drive A, however i do not have a floppy drive..so then i googled around to see if i could put it on a usb drive and i ended up following those directions but to no avail?

Also you mentioned if possable connect the two drives to 0&1, well i wanted to connect them to the sata 6 ports which are white and at the bottom of the MOBO which again is a P7P55DE - PRO.....


First, setup asked you to insert floppy disk because it needed drivers for raid... Maybe it's because you don't have Windows 7 installed. Windows 7 comes with raid drivers already installed and there is no need for floppy disk driver installation! ;) 

Second, raid 0 and raid 1 are standards ( modes, how your raptors will work together), not sata connectors on your main board.

RAID 0 mode offers no security whatsoever for your data, but it will increase your speed. If you decide to use raid 0 mode i suggest that you do backups more often. Because if one raptor fails, you lost your data. Because Raptors in raid 0 works as one hard drive, and data will be stored in that virtual hard drive. So if one fails, you lose your data, i hope that you understand me.
RAID 1 mode offers data security while speed remains the same. You will have only one raptor capacity for data storage, but if one fails you will have backup for your data.

I hope that my theory helps. :) 


EDIT: And ofc if you install Windows 7 64 bit you must chose (select) in setup 64 bit, but i think that you know that already...
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February 18, 2011 4:00:18 PM

adampcman said:
First, setup asked you to insert floppy disk because it needed drivers for raid... Maybe it's because you don't have Windows 7 installed. Windows 7 comes with raid drivers already installed and there is no need for floppy disk driver installation! ;) 

Second, raid 0 and raid 1 are standards ( modes, how your raptors will work together), not sata connectors on your main board.

RAID 0 mode offers no security whatsoever for your data, but it will increase your speed. If you decide to use raid 0 mode i suggest that you do backups more often. Because if one raptor fails, you lost your data. Because Raptors in raid 0 works as one hard drive, and data will be stored in that virtual hard drive. So if one fails, you lose your data, i hope that you understand me.
RAID 1 mode offers data security while speed remains the same. You will have only one raptor capacity for data storage, but if one fails you will have backup for your data.

I hope that my theory helps. :) 


EDIT: And ofc if you install Windows 7 64 bit you must chose (select) in setup 64 bit, but i think that you know that already...



Hi there Friend, Yes i already installed windows 7 and i do understand that the two drives will work as one and split files by putting half on one drive and half on the other.

So all last night and this mourning I have been trying to get this set up however i just cant seem to get it going?? I Installed Windows 7 64bit, i installed the Intel Rapid Storage driver, aswell as the 64-​bit Floppy Configuration Utility.

i changed the Bios from IDE To Raid, reboot

Then i hit Ctrl-I or F6 i and I am directed to a page that says

"welcome to ASUS MOBO Make Disk For Dos Menue" rev.1.1

Options are
1) Intel AHCI/RAID driver Disk
2) Marvel 9123 AHCI Driver Disk
3) Free DOS Command Prompt

If i choose #1

My options are
1) Intel AHCI/RAID 32bit driver Disk
2) Intel AHCI/RAID 64bit driver Disk
3)Return to Main Page

But i dont have a floppy drive, so i used a USB Drive and changed the drive letter to "A"

But i keep getting errors this way.

Then I went into windows and used the Intel program to make disk...and that is where i am, LOST....

Is it because i need a floppy drive? Do you have any suggestions at all?

Thank you so much for your time in responding to my posts, It truly is appreciated!
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February 18, 2011 8:04:49 PM

About your raid setup all i can say is that if you have Win 7 installed then you don't need floppy drive. I can't give you additional advice on this because like i said, my raid knowledge is limited and more theoretical than practical. I would read main board user manual on how to configure raid... It's stupid but it may help.

Sry Ed, i will monitor your progress but right know i can't give you any real advice. Please guys, help pathfinder2 to setup raid configuration.


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February 19, 2011 5:30:51 PM

adampcman said:
About your raid setup all i can say is that if you have Win 7 installed then you don't need floppy drive. I can't give you additional advice on this because like i said, my raid knowledge is limited and more theoretical than practical. I would read main board user manual on how to configure raid... It's stupid but it may help.

Sry Ed, i will monitor your progress but right know i can't give you any real advice. Please guys, help pathfinder2 to setup raid configuration.


EDIT: syntax


Thanks adampcm...i needed to take a brake from this project...i did read it might work better with the vista raid driivers? I also posted another question in the storage fourm.....again thank you for your time my friend, have a great weekend.
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February 21, 2011 12:40:33 AM

Ten98 said:
My advice: Don't bother with SLI or Crossfire at all. The performance gains are never what you expect and the driver support is average at best.

For the money you spend on 2 mid range graphics cards you could get a top-end graphics card which delivers far greater FPS and you won't have to spend all your life downloading patches & driver updates and looking at BSOD and wondering what you did wrong....


Not necessarely the truth. Two GTX460s can outperform One GTX480 (Performance/Power Consumption/Heat). SLi is definitely a good investment. Also Nvidia does better job at configuring drivers for their cards, while ATi obviously not (since Catalyst 10.4 everything is down the toilet). Personal experience.

Also read here:

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/261913-14-setting-r...

Cheers,

V.


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February 21, 2011 3:32:48 AM

But there are games where it won't work at all (GTA4) and others where it works poorly (WoW:Cata) In these cases you're stuck with a single card instead of two.

My issue with AID0 is that while it works, it only works when you are reading or writing to the drive. This doesn't happen all that much in a gaming rig, and the $$$ spent on a second drive probably is better spent on a faster CPU or GPU. Worse the drive loss issues that can happen to that system. Why go through all that if you can just buy an SSD and not have to worry about it?
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February 21, 2011 9:08:15 AM

GTA4 1 card restrictions can be easily avoided, therefore removed, and it can utilize SLi then. Also today raptor drives are not that expensive. SSD is definitely more expensive, when we are talking about decent capacities. For WoW, well I don't play it so I can't really comment on that. But from what I saw, One card is enough for that game, and running SLi setup where you can utilize one card for game, and second one to render high AA, is not a problem in my book.

Cheers,

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February 21, 2011 10:55:32 AM

Just because you state it doesn't happen doesn't make it true? SLI scales poorly in WoW. From what I've seen on reviews, it doesn't scale at all on GTA4. I guess I just need to let the others make up their own minds.
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February 21, 2011 3:28:13 PM

Wow is not graphically demanding game, so playing it on SLI or single card is the same thing. Because no matter does sli works or not, you can have excellent performance with just one card..... GTA4 is another story, where having SLI matters more. We are going out of topic, same thing with the raid setup. Def not the place for all this talk.
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February 21, 2011 4:18:44 PM

4745454b said:
Just because you state it doesn't happen doesn't make it true? SLI scales poorly in WoW. From what I've seen on reviews, it doesn't scale at all on GTA4. I guess I just need to let the others make up their own minds.


Are you having a bad day? Or are you always offensive? Who cares that SLi scales poorly in WoW (many of us actually play different games, not everybody have spare time to waste on such game) when one midle range card can handle it with no problem? Really calm down mate.

Cheers,


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February 21, 2011 5:07:49 PM

The PC version of GTA IV is just a console port. When developing for a console Rockstar Games didn't have to worry about multi-GPU support because there is no such thing in a console.
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February 21, 2011 6:46:14 PM

ko888 said:
The PC version of GTA IV is just a console port. When developing for a console Rockstar Games didn't have to worry about multi-GPU support because there is no such thing in a console.


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February 21, 2011 8:37:31 PM

No, Nvix said,

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GTA4 1 card restrictions can be easily avoided, therefore removed, and it can utilize SLi then


I called him on it a bit and he called me rude and said I was having a bad day. I can link articles from HardOCP and other sites that state CF/SLI doesn't work. Ko888 said it doesn't work. I said it doesn't work. There was a forum post just a few days ago from someone with two 6950s who couldn't get it to work. Just because someone says it can be avoided doesn't make it true. Only point I was trying to make.

As for frame rates on wow are fine, that depends. If you have an AMD CPU, and an "eyefinity" setup using 3 1080 screens a single/SLI GTX460 setup, I doubt you'll be maxing it out any time soon.

Single GTX460 at 1080 using the "DX11" code path to make things faster.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/world-of-warcraft-c...

I'm pretty sure they aren't using AA as another graph I saw on toms showed a GTX460 with 8AA down to 60FPS. These are with the faster Intel CPUs, if you have an AMD CPU your scores will be lower. (Not meaning to start anything, the game just doesn't run as fast.) Notice that the GTX295, an SLI "on a stick" card sits below the GTX275 and 285.

Back to my original point, if you can get a single higher end card that avoids any possible SLI issues you should. GTX460 SLI is a powerful option and faster then a GTX480 most of the time. But thats the catch. You have to be willing to put up with those few times that it doesn't work like it should. Thankfully we can avoid that now by getting the GTX570.
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March 1, 2011 1:10:27 PM

adampcman said:
^1+ :D 



Hey Adampcman, wanted to update you about the raid set up and everything worked out okay finnaly and its working out pretty good.

Now i have another question or rather some knowledgeable advice...My other PC, which is the following

Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
AMD Phenom II X3 720 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seasonic X760w - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair A70 Cooler

Do you think id be better off with one
GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-1GI GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or setting up the Crossfire with the two hd5770 cards i have?

XFX HD-577X-ZMF3 Radeon HD 5770 1GB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Again any and all suggestions, recommendations, and advice would really help, thanks!!

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March 1, 2011 1:53:20 PM

GTX460 is faster then the 5770
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March 1, 2011 2:00:22 PM

4745454b said:
GTX460 is faster then the 5770


Yes but what about setting up 2 HD5770 in crossfire...again i dont know much about Setting up two GPUs, im just learning with what i already have, so im not buying anything? So one GTX460 or two HD5770s in crossfire on that Gigabyte MOBO
Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H

Thanks for responding!
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March 1, 2011 2:03:45 PM

Two 5770s are faster in most games then a single GTX460. I think you should narrow down your hardware. I'm getting confused between all the different possibilities.
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March 1, 2011 2:55:07 PM

LOL, I know so am I....And I don't even play any games.

You see I already have all of these parts..GPUs/PSU's and Harddrives and id like to put together the best configuration possible...However I dont have much experience or knowladge to decide, not to mention i kinda of an OCD attitude when it comes to things like this.

..I do have black ops and mafia II but im not a gamer at all.

The PC Im putting together right now is going to be a Media PC...

I have the Antec Multimedia Station Premier and using the Antec DF-30 case, so im just kinda taking my time installing everything, running wires and messing around with different scenarios..

Im now at the point of deciding on which graphics cards to use for this set up and i have 1) GTX460 and 2 XFX HD5770 i could run in crossfire. So I figured id post the question to hear what the folks with more advanced knowledge on the subject, ya know

Im also considering running a raid0 for the OS using two 500GB seagate drives

And then i have 3 2TB HDs with all my music, movies and pictures on...i collect live music shows on DVD and CD.

So what do ya think?
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March 1, 2011 3:17:03 PM

Hi pathfinder, good that you eventually got that raid working, congratulations... :) 

About graphic card choice i must say that i agree with '4745454b'. Better to use your two Radeon HD 5770 cards in CrossFire, than to spend money on new GTX 460 card!

Btw i checked your mobo, it supports PCI Express 2.0 x16 mode (if you use single card) and when using CF or SLI (two cards) PCI Express will work in x8 mode for each card. That means that your main board is not best option for CF or SLI, but it will serve the purpose and you won't be able to tell difference between 16x or 8x mode in CrossFire.

So again, go for CrossFire option. Your cpu will not bottleneck and your psu will handle those two cards. Cheers!
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March 1, 2011 3:21:44 PM

If you're not a heavy gamer I'd try a single 5770 first. I might be enough for what you want. If its not, grab another.
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March 1, 2011 3:23:36 PM

I just now saw your reply to '4745454b', if you are not gamer then no need for CF! And if you have money, buy that GTX 460. Whatever you decide, you won't make mistake and it will work. You know best what you need and what solution works best for you, we are just here to help you decide.... I hope that our suggestions will help you.


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March 2, 2011 8:24:02 PM

adampcman said:
I just now saw your reply to '4745454b', if you are not gamer then no need for CF! And if you have money, buy that GTX 460. Whatever you decide, you won't make mistake and it will work. You know best what you need and what solution works best for you, we are just here to help you decide.... I hope that our suggestions will help you.


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Thanks guys, I must not have mentioned it but I already have all of the components iv listed, including the two Radon XFX HD5770 cards and the GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-1GI GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) card....so im not buying anything new..... id just like to set up whatever i have in the best possible combination.

For my Media PC, which has the Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H and AMD Phenom II X3 720....we would all agree it would be best to use the GTX460 (and will it using the PCI 2.0 x16 MODE)

What are your thoughts about setting up another raid0 for the media PC? I have 2 500gb seagate drives, or would it be better to use one sata6 drive for the OS? I have all of my media on other drives already. Just need to set up the OS and GPU.

Again thanks for all your help with this guys....im learning allot.


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March 2, 2011 11:23:22 PM

Most would argue that your better off with a 5770 on the media PC because AMD cards have a better picture quality on TVs. I would not use AID0 on a media PC, chance of failure it too high.

SLI the 460s in the gaming system, use the 5770 in the media PC, and don't use any form of raid in the media PC. You don't need speed in the media PC if its just playing videos on your TV. The added hassle and chance of failure of the RAID driver isn't worth it.
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March 3, 2011 1:16:10 PM

4745454b said:
Most would argue that your better off with a 5770 on the media PC because AMD cards have a better picture quality on TVs. I would not use AID0 on a media PC, chance of failure it too high.

SLI the 460s in the gaming system, use the 5770 in the media PC, and don't use any form of raid in the media PC. You don't need speed in the media PC if its just playing videos on your TV. The added hassle and chance of failure of the RAID driver isn't worth it.


Thank you for getting back with me about this....so in no way having both of the 5770s set up in crossfire mode would help at all? Again its simply the fact that i already have the parts so if it would speed anything up, or help with image quality than why not set them both up? Im really not the kind of person who goes out and buys the best just because other people say they are the best or i feel the more expensive the better they are for what i need them for.

A while ago i worked on a ski resort and id see these guys with brand new top of the line skies and jackets, however they were on the bunny slope skiing with the kids, LOL so im aware that what im perposing is overkill, however i do already have them at my disposal so im just trying to grasp any knowladge i can as to how the more experinced folks would set up there PC....

Thanks again for everyone's time in responding to my questions, your advice helps!
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March 3, 2011 4:33:26 PM

I'm getting confused between threads. You want to setup a CF 5770 setup on a media PC? You don't need to because a single 5770 is more then enough to handle full HTPC duties. Adding another in CF will only cause you to use more power, create more heat, and have either higher temps or run more fans which you don't want because then you have more noise. Its not a matter of overkill, its a matter of waste. The second card will only sit there doing nothing, other then sucking down whatever power a 5770 uses in 2D mode.
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March 3, 2011 4:50:48 PM

4745454b said:
I'm getting confused between threads. You want to setup a CF 5770 setup on a media PC? You don't need to because a single 5770 is more then enough to handle full HTPC duties. Adding another in CF will only cause you to use more power, create more heat, and have either higher temps or run more fans which you don't want because then you have more noise. Its not a matter of overkill, its a matter of waste. The second card will only sit there doing nothing, other then sucking down whatever power a 5770 uses in 2D mode.


Agree! Pathfinder i would listen to '4745454b' He is right about everything. Single HD 5770 is best option for mm pc. I recommended GTX 460 because it is faster, but you don't need that power for media pc...

And for mm pc i would use raid 1 mode, not raid 0.
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March 3, 2011 10:06:08 PM

Okay guys thanks so much for all your help ;-)
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