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Hey guys
Im sorry if this has been posted bfore.. here it goes..

Im building my rig next week, i have a 500 budget just for the vid card, i was thinking about the intel core2 duo, but i think theres some mobos that support nvidia... i think, i deff. need sli/crossfire capable. what do you recommend?

thanks..
    
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post #2 of 23
I am so confused by your post. You say you need a vid card, but then you say you are considering the core 2 duo. Thats not a vid card, its a processor.
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post #4 of 23
X1950XTX unless you want to wait for the DX10 cards which is highly recommended. And yes definetly go with Intel core 2 duo...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102045
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post #5 of 23
What will the rest of this PC consist of?

The 7950GX2 is the absolute best, but is too expensive IMO (it is $500). An ATi X1950XTX is the best single GPU card and is just below your $500 budget.

edit: whoops, around $400 for the X1950XTX.

The ASUS p5nSLI is a good mobo for Core 2 Duo. <- edit3: NO!!!

edit2: this is a good mobo too
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post #6 of 23
X1950XTX is seconded.

And this should have no bearing on the choice of CPU???
    
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post #7 of 23
Wait for DX10.. coming out next month and I believe the GTS is around 450$.
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post #8 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by numlock2.0
What will the rest of this PC consist of?

The 7950GX2 is the absolute best, but is too expensive IMO (it is $500). An ATi X1950XTX is the best single GPU card and is just below your $500 budget.

edit: whoops, around $400 for the X1950XTX.

The ASUS p5nSLI is a good mobo for Core 2 Duo.
The P5NSLI is definately NOT recommended for Core 2 Duo. nForce chipsets simply do not overclock well, and you should not expect any more than a mere 25% overclock with that board (if youre very lucky...). Get the Asus P5W DH Deluxe, which will run Crossfire, but can also handle SLI with modded drivers. That board overclocks much better. Crossfire/SLI is at x8, x8 though, but there is no real difference in performance at the moment between x8, x8 and x16, x16
    
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post #9 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chozart
The P5NSLI is definately NOT recommended for Core 2 Duo. nForce chipsets simply do not overclock well, and you should not expect any more than a mere 25% overclock with that board (if youre very lucky...). Get the Asus P5W DH Deluxe, which will run Crossfire, but can also handle SLI with modded drivers. That board overclocks much better. Crossfire/SLI is at x8, x8 though, but there is no real difference in performance at the moment between x8, x8 and x16, x16
Oh, thanks Chozart. Always to the rescue! (I almost screwed him up! ) I read on another forum that it was good, guess not...

Now I know to avoid that mobo when I get my PC. Chozart, is the Abit AW9D I edited in a good mobo?

Sorry to hijack the thread, anyway: X1950XTX FTW!!!
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post #10 of 23
wait for dx 10.....
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