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Wondering what the cheapest SLI or CrossFire setup would be. and would it be good? or be better to buy one card worth the same amount? I just like the feeling of having 2 video cards in one computer
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Wondering what the cheapest SLI or CrossFire setup would be. and would it be good? or be better to buy one card worth the same amount? I just like the feeling of having 2 video cards in one computer
Way better to spend your money on 1 good video card. The price of the motherboard, the psu, and 2 cards would leave you with a much lesser performing combo.
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Way better to spend your money on 1 good video card. The price of the motherboard, the psu, and 2 cards would leave you with a much lesser performing combo.
no, but i'm saying if i had the motherboard and PSU already.
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post #4 of 11
You would still not be getting your money's worth. For instance, you are better off getting one X1950XT or 7950GT instead of two 7600GSs or GTs in SLI.
 
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post #5 of 11
Getting one card is usually better. SLI only yeilds a 40-80% performance boost. Also, SLI/Crossfire can be buggy sometimes as well.

Two 7600GT = $200
7950GT 256MB = $150

7950GT > 7600GT SLI.

SLI is really only good with the highest end cards.
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post #6 of 11
As an example, for the price of two lower end SLI cards, you could get a single 8800 GTS and outperform them easily.
post #7 of 11
cheapest SLI is the MX4300 software SLI, and yes it actully works lol.
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post #8 of 11
You could get two x1950pros, they perform a little under a 8800gts.
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post #9 of 11
SLI would work out cheaper then crossfire since the crossfire boards is almost twice the price of SLI boards! SLI 6600GT's should be good! Just to let you know...I once had a 7800GTX SLI setup and I killed all the 8800GTX's in Gaming benchmarks! I personally like SLI since I always had good experience with it
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post #10 of 11
a use nforce4 Sli board should do you fine for sli, and can be had for 754, 939 or Am2
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