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While perusing the forums here I see that people are adding a PhysX card such as the 9500GT to their setups while running the 6950s.

I have 2 x Sapphire HD6950 2gb reflashed with the 6970 BIOS running at the moment.

1 - Would it be worthwhile adding a card such as the one mentioned above to the setup?

2 - Is the 9500GT the card to get?

3 - If it is worth getting one would I just plug it in and away it goes doing its little PhysX dance everytime I use the computer?

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post #2 of 53
Eh if you play enough games that use physx it'd be worth it.

No the 9500GT isn't powerful enough and would probably cause more problems then good. Get like a GTS450.

Just install the nVidia drivers and configure it in the nvidia control panel as a dedicated Physx card.

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depends on whichever game you want that has physx, don't remember of any big titles that have physx.

other than
mafia II
batman
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Eh if you play enough games that use physx it'd be worth it.

No the 9500GT isn't powerful enough and would probably cause more problems then good. Get like a GTS450.

Just install the nVidia drivers and configure it in the nvidia control panel as a dedicated Physx card.

GG.
Right! So there is an option in the Nvidea software to dedicate the card to just PhysX. The GTS450 retails for about 75GBP so I can see. Is that definitely the card to get and will it run smoothly next to the 6950s?
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75 pounds!? Wow that seems like a lot...try to get one used dude. Definitely not worth it IMO for that much money, unless you have money to burn.

And yes there's a simple check box deal that allows you to dedicate the card to PhysX.
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depends on whichever game you want that has physx, don't remember of any big titles that have physx.

other than
mafia II
batman
It was Arkham City that got me thinking about it. I was aware that Arkham Asylum used it and fancy getting involved in some more Batman action, was just weighing up the cost/need
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75 pounds!? Wow that seems like a lot...try to get one used dude. Definitely not worth it IMO for that much money, unless you have money to burn.

And yes there's a simple check box deal that allows you to dedicate the card to PhysX.
Definitely not got money to burn. Just splashed out on all the bits for the new rig but thought if I'm going to do it I might aswell do it properly, within reason. The fact the Mrs hasn't got a clue how much it's all costing helps :
post #8 of 53
Nah man. If I were you I wouldn't spend 75 pounds on a Physx card. If you don't already have an SSD then I'd for sure pick up one of those.

From there you could think about saving up for watercooling...

I'd say max a Physx card would be worth like 50 pounds, if that. 75...just seems like you wouldn't see enough difference and that's a decent chunk of change.
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Barely any titles worth playing even have physx support, not worth the cash IMO..it's a marketing gimmick for nvidia cards
    
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post #10 of 53
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Yeah Ive bought the OCZ 120gb Vertex 3 SSD just waiting on delivery. Water cooling is definitely something I want to go down the road of doing but need to read more about and make sure I do it properly.

I've found a couple of GTS450s going for £60ish and a couple on auction. I think I'll just keep looking on the auction sites wait to try get one cheaply or not at all.

Thanks for the help, this new build thing is addictive! I just want to add more and more to it
Edited by Dysheeki - 10/18/11 at 1:39am
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