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post #1 of 16
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Hello,

I am a newb to OC.net, but i would like to know what you think would be the best proformance upgrade for the $$.

I am going to buy a new MOB soon along with a e6600. I have always bought a intel board because they have always been know to work for me. with this new setup i would like to try some OC on this system, because intel is a boob when it comes to OCing. I have never messed around with SLi before, or Cross fire and i think with this upgrade i want to try it. Is Cross fire any good?

So, what am i ASKING?!

1. What Mob?

2. What Cards?

All i am looking for is a little input on Bang for buck and any tips that you would throw out there with my adventure with this upgrade. Thanks!

(p.s) I was thinking a SLI XFX mob, with x2 8600 256mb 128bit 730hrz. Is this a down grade from my card alrdy? a boost?
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post #2 of 16
1. ASUS P5B-Plus SLI
2. 2x 8800GTX in SLI
Those 2 8800's will play anything at highest settings and they are DX10, hell one 8800gtx alone will rock. Whats your budget? It depends, personally I'd recommend an 8800GTS if your not looking to spend much. Also, the Sapphire X1950XT are GREAT budget cards, for 180$ they kick ass in most bang for buck.
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post #3 of 16
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he he, not much of a budget, dont want to spend more than 800$. But if i have to spend a little more $ to rock socks, ill rock some socks.
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post #4 of 16
EVGA nForce 680i SLI:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813188013

2x EVGA GeForce 8800GTS 640MB:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130071

This setup would come out to $1,010 before taxes and shipping, but if it's a little over your budget. I would suggest to buy a 8800GTX which should come to around $850 and get a second one later, or just get two 8800GTS 320MB which would also come to around $850 (but would result in a less powerful graphical setup).
post #5 of 16
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So SLI all the way a? so what would be = to a 2900 XT in SLI?
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post #6 of 16
Well, with the mobo i suggested has a true x16 on both slots (some have one x16 and the other would be x8). People do say SLI and crossfire is just a waste of money, but i beg to differ.
post #7 of 16
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lol, now that you mention it, it dose sound like a ploy to have people buy 2 gfx cards, lol. SLI is like doubling your preformance or 1/3rdinng it up or what?
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post #8 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by Barten View Post
lol, now that you mention it, it dose sound like a ploy to have people buy 2 gfx cards, lol. SLI is like doubling your preformance or 1/3rdinng it up or what?
Depends on the resolution and the game you are playing. Some times with SLI you may get the same FPS as one card but then in other occasions you'll get a lot more, SLI works best in High resolutions.
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post #9 of 16
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1600x1200? I play wow/bf 2/Bf2142/CSS/Might and Magic/ and i want to be able to play that new game comming out that is suposed to wreck peoples rigs.

So a ATi2900 is about = to a 8800GTS, and a 8800GTX is crazy.

think ill go with that MOB you sujested, but now its ither a 8800gts or a 8800gtx.

Any 1 els with some thoughts?
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post #10 of 16
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SLi them later may-b...hmm, im so CONFUSED!
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SanDisk Extreme SDSSDX x 2 RAID 0 ASUS Black 8MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner CORSAIR H100 Liquid CPU Cooler Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 
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