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I have a BFG Geforce 7600 GT and I have been thinking about getting another one to SLI. 1. Would that be a better idea than getting an entirely new graphics card? and 2. I currently have a Thermaltake TR2-430W power supply, with only 1 PCIE connector. Would I need to get a new power supply to SLI? Thanks.
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post #2 of 10
It's better to get a better card than SLI the 7900GT. Post your system specs. Go to the top, click "User CP" and on the right you will see Edit and Add System. you should know from there.
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post #3 of 10
A BFG 7600GT for $80(make sure the rebate is valid for you) would work excellent in SLI, and outperform a 7900GT in many scenarios.

However, your PSU isn't really strong enough for SLI. It only has 18A on the 12V rail. Although it delivers the full 18A, 216 watts still isn't much. I suppose if you had one of those energy-efficient AMD processors, a single optical drive, and a single harddrive(with no other PCI cards in your mobo), it might be able to safely handle two 7600GT's.
     
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alright this is going to sound totally noobish, but anyways I installed two 7600Gts. It is showing up on my hardware list in windows and on my Nvidia display settings however I dont get any temps for my 2nd card and I am not seeing any difference in gaming.....I think I am lost...
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post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by foxracing4500 View Post
alright this is going to sound totally noobish, but anyways I installed two 7600Gts. It is showing up on my hardware list in windows and on my Nvidia display settings however I dont get any temps for my 2nd card and I am not seeing any difference in gaming.....I think I am lost...
Did you move that little chip on your motherboard to SLI mode?
post #6 of 10
little chip????
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Athlon 64 3700+ @ 3.0ghz Asus a8n32 SLI delux 7600GT (650/850) G.Skill TCCD 
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Windows XP - Backtrack 3 Acer 24" standard XG Vortech 500W 12@34A 
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Athlon 64 3700+ @ 3.0ghz Asus a8n32 SLI delux 7600GT (650/850) G.Skill TCCD 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows XP - Backtrack 3 Acer 24" standard XG Vortech 500W 12@34A 
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post #7 of 10
he has an a8n32 and it doesnt have the chip thingy..but i dont have 2 card to test but ill give it a shot,....try this...check your sli connector of course, and the molex connection on your mobo ,.....go into the bios and than>advanced>chipset set the linkwith both to 16x down/up........
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post #8 of 10
RuSo your the man!!!!! for some reason the settings were 8up/8down!!! Anyways enough talking going to play F.E.A.R. =D
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Athlon 64 3700+ @ 3.0ghz Asus a8n32 SLI delux 7600GT (650/850) G.Skill TCCD 
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Windows XP - Backtrack 3 Acer 24" standard XG Vortech 500W 12@34A 
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Windows XP - Backtrack 3 Acer 24" standard XG Vortech 500W 12@34A 
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post #9 of 10
....have fun lol
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MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 40" TV Razer Lycosa/LogitechG13/Belkin n52te Antec 650W triple rail Thermaltake shark bigtower 
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Corsair GT SSD Sony Sata optical drive Coolermaster Z600 Media Center/Home/vista Ultimate/W7 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 40" TV Razer Lycosa/LogitechG13/Belkin n52te Antec 650W triple rail Thermaltake shark bigtower 
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post #10 of 10
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Thanks...I think I'll stay where I am for the time being...maybe go SLI later when funds permit. But thanks guys...peace.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon 64 3500+ DFI Lanparty nF4 SLI-DR BFG GeForce 7600 GT 2x 512mb Corsair Value Select 184 pin DDR 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Seagate Barracuda ST380011A Lite-On DVD Burner IDE Windows XP Professional Dell 1907FP Flat Pannel Monitor 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech Office Internet Pro Thermaltake TR2-430W Raidmax Mustang ATX-889WBP Logitech Optical Mouse 
Mouse Pad
newspaper 
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My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon 64 3500+ DFI Lanparty nF4 SLI-DR BFG GeForce 7600 GT 2x 512mb Corsair Value Select 184 pin DDR 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Seagate Barracuda ST380011A Lite-On DVD Burner IDE Windows XP Professional Dell 1907FP Flat Pannel Monitor 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech Office Internet Pro Thermaltake TR2-430W Raidmax Mustang ATX-889WBP Logitech Optical Mouse 
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newspaper 
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