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September 17, 2012 5:31:07 AM

Good evening!

I'm tinkering with the idea and budget for a major desktop upgrade (cpu-mobo-ram-gpu).
I'm currently running my own custom built socket 939 Athlon 64 X2 4800 system with dual BFG 9800 GT's (yes it's old but far from obsolete)
The new setup I'm considering is to have a single video card (leaning towards 660 ti, but i've seen the MSI 670 hit just under 360$).

My question is whether to keep one of my old 9800gt's as a "dedicated phys X card" or not.
Of course, PhysX isn't very widely supported to my knowledge, and it would be nice to axe an extra card to save on power consumption and noise, but would there be any tangible slowdowns or, alternately, benefits to an IVY bridge system?
I would hate to just throw the cards out out, since there doesn't seem to be any commendable ways to recycle old parts in my area.

Thank you ahead for any input,
-Kevin

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a c 103 U Graphics card
September 17, 2012 6:28:19 AM

I would not use the 9800gt as a physx card...sometimes this will actually slow your fps down in games that use physx bc the 670 (or whatever card you will have) will be waiting for the 9800gt to calculate the physics...besides that it will just heat up the rest of your system more and consume more power. Not worth it in my opinion. Especially since only a very few games use physx.
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a c 198 U Graphics card
September 17, 2012 6:54:32 AM

Awkward moment.....

That being said, I do have a faster Physx card. But something like the 670 should be able to do its own Physx.

I would keep the 9800GT's as like spare cards or you can sell them. Working 9800GT's are becoming a rarity.
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a c 103 U Graphics card
September 17, 2012 6:59:02 AM

Deemo13 said:
Awkward moment.....


lol what do you mean?
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a c 198 U Graphics card
September 17, 2012 7:14:03 AM

I have a Physx card.
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a c 103 U Graphics card
September 17, 2012 7:16:30 AM

oh lol...I am not saying having a physx card is a bad idea I just think that a 9800gt would not be a good idea.....the only thing I have against physx cards is that few games that I like actually use them....the last game I played that used physx was darkest of days....really unpopular game but was IMO pretty damn good.
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September 17, 2012 8:00:33 AM

That X2 4800+ is a Brisbane yeah? If so you are better of getting a new cpu first.
Cause well, that 9800gt is getting bottle-necked, so getting a new gpu first probably wont give you more fps in games.
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a c 198 U Graphics card
September 17, 2012 4:11:33 PM

Lol I'm still using a Windsor chip with my BFG 8600GT.
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a c 103 U Graphics card
September 17, 2012 4:15:50 PM

^^ In like a secondary (or tertiary) box? everyone has one or if you are like me a few of those...they all serve some kind of purpose....lol I had to google what comes after secondary
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a c 198 U Graphics card
September 17, 2012 5:56:33 PM

Well....I've got alot of secondary boxes.....and a few in progress.
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September 17, 2012 10:56:18 PM

justme1977 said:
That X2 4800+ is a Brisbane yeah? If so you are better of getting a new cpu first.
Cause well, that 9800gt is getting bottle-necked, so getting a new gpu first probably wont give you more fps in games.


It's actually a Toledo, first gen Amd 64 bit dual core from AMD's "glory days". The Asus board was also the first SLI board produced. Like i say, i"m moving to an ivy bridge rig, so i'm not too worried about bottle-necking at the cpu. I am however not really interested in overclocking at all (look how long my current rig has lasted me!)

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September 17, 2012 11:04:28 PM

Deemo13 said:
Well....I've got alot of secondary boxes.....and a few in progress.


Such is what happens when you move on to new tech. However i honestly have no use for any secondary boxes right so i don't know what to do with the extra fully functionnal parts. =/

Also, I replaced an 8600gt with those 9800's. The 8600 was a terrible disappointment to me, and is currently neatly stored in original packaging.
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a c 103 U Graphics card
September 17, 2012 11:06:53 PM

lol I had an 8600gt back in the day...card sucked lol I was disappointed as well.
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a c 198 U Graphics card
September 17, 2012 11:26:33 PM

Kevin 1981, you are right, it would be a Toledo, as its socket 939.

And 8600GT works great. I only really use it for LoL anyway. If you look in my configuration you can see that I have way too many computers lol.

The 4600+ WOULD be running an 8800GT, but it died. So this is all I had left in the spare parts bin.
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September 27, 2012 5:01:33 AM

Best answer selected by kevin1981.
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September 27, 2012 5:03:02 AM

Deemo13 said:
Awkward moment.....

That being said, I do have a faster Physx card. But something like the 670 should be able to do its own Physx.

I would keep the 9800GT's as like spare cards or you can sell them. Working 9800GT's are becoming a rarity.


And the market for 9800gt's would be... ? :p 
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