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Hey guys, i'm looking to replace the HP mobo that came with my computer and upgrade my graphics solution from 1 x1950 pro, to crossfire and to overclock my cpu.

When i put my current power suppily in to power the single video card i made sure to get one that was sli/crossfire compatible and i ended up with this one
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...307&CatId=1079 ATI recommends that i have a 550w psu for crossfire but as long as i don't overclock with a voltage increase i think i should be fine.

Any advice here, or should i just pay the money for a better psu (i'd rather not cause i'm on a budget).
    
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post #2 of 18
why go Crossfire? why not get an 8800GTS?
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Have you researched the swapping out of an HP mobo?
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I already have one x1950 pro installed, and a new one would run me under 200 (cad) so it's not a very expensive upgrade, and the card can compete with a 7900gt so i'm happy, getting 2 new more expensive cards doesn't make sense.


yes, i have researched the mobo swap. I have to get an atx case because the selection of mATX mobos is minimal.
    
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Well, considering my computer, overclocked (2.8ghz 1.4v Opteron) with 1xX1950 pro only consumes ~250W fully loaded, adding a second card should push you just over 300W. A decent 450W power supply would be perfectly fine. So, with your current 500W unit, I don't see that you should have any issues.
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thanks ryboto, i think i'll stick with my current suppily and see how it works out. If i have any issues with stability i might upgrade, but until then i'll play it by ear.
    
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why go Crossfire? why not get an 8800GTS?
Fanboyyyy. Why pay more money and get rid of his card when he could pay less and use his card he has now?
    
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Originally Posted by Wheezy Baby View Post
Fanboyyyy. Why pay more money and get rid of his card when he could pay less and use his card he has now?
'Cause it would be faster
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'Cause it would be faster
Spoken like a true enthusiast !
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'Cause it would be faster
Is an 8800GTS actually better then 2x 1950 pros? I mean is the extra $100 actually worth it? In a user standpoint (meaning 60fps+). Who needs 100fps when all you need is the 60? I am really not seeing the point in buying a card that is great for dx9 and budget for what its meant/you paying for. And I am not ATi fanboy because I think any DX10 card (including the HD series) is not worth it until you actually see what it can do on more then one game.. It is like buying a car without seeing it and knowing how it performs.
    
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