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Wondering how it works. The Nvidia card will be dedicated to run phyx but how do you do this?
Do the card has to be linked with the monitor or the 7950?
Would a 8800 or a 9000 serie good enough to run phyx on modern games 2-3 years eventually?

I never tried phyx, I have no idea what are the minimal specs.
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Would a GT 220 be enough?
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Would a GT 220 be enough?

Definitely not. Get a GTX 460 for physx. You want to have something that can keep up with your 7950. A GT 220 will bog it down incredibly.

EDIT: The card doesn't need to be hooked up to the monitor. You just go to the nvidia control panel and enable it to run as the physx card. It's simple really.
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Some recommend the GT 640 which is cheaper than the GTX 460...
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^ I use a 460 pretty well but the 640 and 650 will give pretty much the same performance with less heat and wattage usage. I had a pair of 460's laying around but if you have to buy something I would look at either used 460's for cheap or new 640/650 for power consumptions and keep temps down in your case which should help with 7950 clocks. thumb.gif
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Some recommend the GT 640 which is cheaper than the GTX 460...

I would not use any generation of cards that are x40 x30 or x20, because those are all for media only with very light gaming in mind. GTX 460 is your best bet, maybe even GTS 450. They are pretty cheap used.
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Well, so far with what I can see, the GTX 460 is going for around 110$ shipped used and much more new (like 200$?!) while I can have the GT 640 for 60$ new + 10$ shipped headscratch.gif

My budget was around 60$ for a physx card. I will wait if I cannot get anything interesting for my needs.
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post #8 of 20
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Well, so far with what I can see, the GTX 460 is going for around 110$ shipped used and much more new (like 200$?!) while I can have the GT 640 for 60$ new + 10$ shipped headscratch.gif

uh, that's because the GTX 460 is like 150%-200% faster. You should be able to get a GTX 460 for like $80 shipped used.
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Well, so far with what I can see, the GTX 460 is going for around 110$ shipped used and much more new (like 200$?!) while I can have the GT 640 for 60$ new + 10$ shipped headscratch.gif

The 460 is faster but Physx isn't optimized to really push either card so the difference between both will be very minimal and that's why the I said used 460 only which can be had for 70-90 for the 768meg/1GB depending on seller.


My budget was around 60$ for a physx card. I will wait if I cannot get anything interesting for my needs.
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uh, that's because the GTX 460 is like 150%-200% faster. You should be able to get a GTX 460 for like $80 shipped used.

It's not THAT much faster but certainly much faster.
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It's not THAT much faster but certainly much faster.

ehh your right. More like 100% - 150% depending on what your doing.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/612?vs=542
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