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Well basically i cant decide whether i should go down the dual core route or go SLI...both are around the same price (£65-£70) if i go dual core it will be an X2 3800 or if i go SLI obviously another 7600gt which is around the same price, cant go opty 165 because its just out of my budget....Which would yield better results..or better yet if you had my rig, what would you go for?
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post #2 of 24
Going sli on a single core is like going to the bank to deposit 2 cents.

Pointless.


Sli = Totally bottlenecked by the single core sandy

I would sell the sandy since it's lapped and buy a new cpu and with the saved money you can also get a sli maybe?
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post #3 of 24
I'd go Dual core. You may bottleneck with SLI.
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post #4 of 24
Dual Core! idk I might get another gig of ram if that is possible
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OK, I know this will be annoying...

If you plan on upgrading CPUs right now, save your money and do a CPU/Mobo/RAM upgrade to either AM2 or C2D. The RAM will perform better, and you'll have an upgrade as opposed to throwing more money into old tech.

However, of the 2 options you proposed, I would suggest a 7600GT, so when/if you do a CPU/RAM/Mobo upgrade, you can carry over a couple decent cards in SLI.
    
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post #6 of 24
Mmmm no it isn't pointless on single core

But yes go dual core.

And opty is not out your budget i just got a CCBBE for £70

There is one in the forums for $130 (£65) and an opty170 for $120

I would go dual core and not waste any money on another 7600GT.

Wait until the time comes and get a better card
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post #7 of 24
No... you will not bottleneck your single-core 3GHz processor with 7600GT SLI.
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post #8 of 24
my son's brisbane 3600 x2 with 7600 gt can max out NFSMW on his 19" 1024x900 resolution (max available to him in MW) so a dual core + 7600GT should do ok
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I have an Opty 165 I'm trying to sell for $100 + Shipping. It's a decent stepping (I got it to 2.8GHz pretty easily) just PM me if you want it.
    
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Dual Core! idk I might get another gig of ram if that is possible
I think the 1gb is doing me fine..and i love running my bh-5s at 1.5-2-2-0 1t..dont think it will be possible with another set and bh-5s are way hard to find now and really expensive, dont feel like getting tccds..bh-5s pwn benchies.

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OK, I know this will be annoying...

If you plan on upgrading CPUs right now, save your money and do a CPU/Mobo/RAM upgrade to either AM2 or C2D. The RAM will perform better, and you'll have an upgrade as opposed to throwing more money into old tech.

However, of the 2 options you proposed, I would suggest a 7600GT, so when/if you do a CPU/RAM/Mobo upgrade, you can carry over a couple decent cards in SLI.
I know..but i still think this good ol 939s got a bit of life in it..and by the looks of it a dual core should extend its life a bit more.

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I have an Opty 165 I'm trying to sell for $100 + Shipping. It's a decent stepping (I got it to 2.8GHz pretty easily) just PM me if you want it.
Now that i am interested in but i dont have paypal, i credit card or anything...plus i need to sell my Sandy and Venice before i buy a cpu..im hoping to make around £60-£70 by selling them
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