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Need to decide on these 2 Graphics Cards


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mellow_tripper

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Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Value SB0400 8 (7.1) Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Sound Card
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COOLMAX CX-550B ATX 550W Power Supply 115/230 V
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ABIT KN8 SLI Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard
CORSAIR ValueSelect 2GB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) System Memory
SONY Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive Model MPF920 Black
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SONY Black 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1615/B2s – OEM
NEC Black 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2M Cache IDE/ATAPI DVD Burner – OEM
Microsoft Windows XP Home With SP2 – OEM ~ 93.95

Now which Graphics Cards
Number 1 http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814130247

Number 2 http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814130267


Hmmmm opinons would help alot thanks guys :tazz:
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I'm at about the same spot as you as far as building a computer, though I'm pretty set on BFG Tech BFGR78256GTCOD2 Geforce 7800GT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 VIVO PCI Express x16 Video Card bundled with Call of Duty 2, even though it's expensive.
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Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Value SB0400 8 (7.1) Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Sound Card
Antec Performance I P180 Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
COOLMAX CX-550B ATX 550W Power Supply 115/230 V
AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Manchester 1GHz FSB 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket 939 Dual Core Processor
ABIT KN8 SLI Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard
CORSAIR ValueSelect 2GB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) System Memory
SONY Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive Model MPF920 Black
Maxor MaXLine Plus III 7L300S0 300GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive
SONY Black 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1615/B2s – OEM
NEC Black 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2M Cache IDE/ATAPI DVD Burner – OEM
Microsoft Windows XP Home With SP2 – OEM ~ 93.95

Now which Graphics Cards
Number 1 http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814130247

Number 2 http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814130267
Hmmmm opinons would help alot thanks guys :tazz:




If you want one card the 7800gt I would get but for $83 more dollars you could have 2 of those 6800gs's in sli mode. :)

Edited by jrm20, 23 January 2006 - 05:54 PM.

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I'm at about the same spot as you as far as building a computer, though I'm pretty set on BFG Tech BFGR78256GTCOD2 Geforce 7800GT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 VIVO PCI Express x16 Video Card bundled with Call of Duty 2, even though it's expensive.


Yes, I got the one almost like that, but its already overclocked when you get it so, its pretty good! :tazz:
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I dont know mutch about running dual video cards really, does it have any restrictions such as certain games or anything? Also would it work for this system I have listed? Where can I get this? Thanks :tazz:
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I dont know mutch about running dual video cards really, does it have any restrictions such as certain games or anything? Also would it work for this system I have listed? Where can I get this? Thanks :tazz:



Yes you have sli support on your motherboard and it comes with the bridge already to connect between the 2 video cards you pick out.

pick out 2 6800gs video cards

evga,xfx,pny,bfg are good manufacturers
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From the same manufacturer and of the same model as well, they altered it so you are supposed to be able to run cards from different manufacturers as long as it was the same model but i dont trust it so get two evga or two xfx and one of one and one of the other.
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Right on guys thanks alot, will this dramaticlly improve my graphics quality or will it just add a bit? I mean will this just be like adding 256 256 so I have a 512 or what not or will they only go up so far? Excellent info and comments so far thanks again :tazz:
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PS noob here, SLI means what again lol
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SLI = scalable link interface if i remember right.

basically two gfx cards working together, it would mean you have two GPUs processing data each with there own set of 256Mb of memory making a large 512Mb, two 6800GS are more powerful than a single 7800GTX with the same amount of memory and its cheaper so two 6800GS is a good way to go.

on a slightly OT point x1900s came out today, with instant availabilty a first for ATI you usually have to wait a while before the shops have them specs on one of the cheap ones
- 625MHz ATI Radeon R580 Core (X1900)
- 1450MHz GDDR3 Extreme performance memory
- 384 million transistors on 90nm fabrication process
- 48 pixel shader processors
- 8 vertex shader processors
- 256-bit 8-channel GDDR3/GDDR4 memory interface
- Native PCI Express x16 bus interface
- Dynamic Voltage and Clock Speed Control
- Ring Bus Memory Controller
- 512-bit internal ring bus for memory reads
- Programmable intelligent arbitration logic
- Fully associative texture, color, and Z/stencil cache designs
- Hierarchical Z-buffer with Early Z test
- Lossless Z Compression (up to 48:1)
- Fast Z-Buffer Clear
- Z/stencil cache optimized for real-time shadow rendering
- Optimized for performance at high display resolutions, including widescreen HDTV resolutions

kinda cool 48 pipelines and its true 512Mb card. The Gddr4 ones arent out yet though. Good price on them all he x1800s have gone down alot as well today some of them are 50 pounds cheaper so ATI totally whipping Nvidia on pricing. And the x1900 from the couple of reviews ive read even with errors on the drivers has given the 7800GTX a good kicking and still £100 pounds cheaper than the GTX im very impressed.
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Go w/ the 7800 GT, then when it doesnt cut it buy another 4 Sli dont get Sli 6800 GS, its kinda pointless now. EVGA gets complaints from people about overheating but its mostly a solid card. I have one factory OC 445/1100 which is better than BFGs 425/1025 and have never had problems.
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Hey Scot I was looking at the x1900 's they had on Newegg and they are all 520 and up, are you looking at a different site ?
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Although good idea going for the 7800 then just adding one when it counts it seems logical too me although I know very little about comps lol thanks :tazz:
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Yeah im in the UK ATI are more on par with pricing in the US whereas here ATI are lots cheaper in Europe and Asia by a considerable amount, so over here its always for me ATI dead cert as a hundred quid is alot of money($170 and then some) and lots of price cuts on the x1800s which were roughly equal to the GTX and those are now all under £300.
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Yeah, ATi is better in Britain then here. They are more expensive, not as good customer support as nVidia, and come out late. That is in America, but Britain is the opposite as i have seen :tazz: . Also the X1900 XTX is the only one able to find in America so far. It is nigh impossible to find an XT here. So if your in Britain, its ATi, in America, it is nVidia.
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