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Hey all,

Another noobish question for the mebers or overclock.net (God what would i do without this site??)


Im thinking of building a new rig. Im considering to options, a Full tower all out rig or a M-atx rig. With these 2 form factors comes 2 graphrics related questions.

First: If i build a full tower i want to do crossfire (as i have a D975XBX), cash is a little short so my bugget would be $300.00-$350.00 CND. I was thinking about 2 HD2600XT's each with 256mb from HIS. Is this a good choice?

Second: If i build a MATX case who has the better mid range cards ATI or nVIDA? I was looking around and ATI looks more powerfull on paper but if anyone has a mid range nVIDA or ATI product could you post some benchmarks?

Any other sugestions are great! All cards ill be air cooled and will run with 2gb ram and a C2D E6300.

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get an 8800GTS, it alone will beat any DX9 card even in SLI/Crossfire.

With the exception of the 2900XT, all of the 2600 or 2400's are crap, even in crossfire. for the same price an 8600 will trounce them, but an 8800GTS will beat them all.

got the the full tower, MATX cases are very bad ideas, actually anything smaller than ATX mid tower is a bad idea.
    
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Hmm, going CF midrange is probably a bad idea, unless you'll be watching a lot of movies in HD. You'd probably be better suited with a 320 MB 8800GTS. If you really want to go CF and have that budget, then an x1950XT would give MUCH better performance than a 2600XT, and imagine the same would be true for CF.

And trueg, an 8800GTS would not beat dual 7950GX2s, or dual x1950XTXs, so don't make claims like that without proof to back it.
    
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so a single 8800GTS w/ 320mb Vram is better than 2 cards (with the exception of the 7950's and X1950's). I do want a DX10 card so that may be the way to go.
    
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If you want CF and can spring for it, the 2900XT 512MB is a great card, regardless of what most people tell you. And if you get one high end card now, you can go high end CF, as opposed to mid range CF, in the future.
    
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from what I have read, the real issue is DX9. If you plan on using vista then the midrange 8 series cards are hot stuff, but playing against a X1900 type card in a DX9 environment then the ATI is better. I think it goes something like this, 8 series cards are built for DX10, that is where they shine; otherwise seriously consider getting something else.
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post #7 of 28
get an 8800GTS....no point in two cheap cards when 1 will be good and perform better than both of those..
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humm looked into the 8800GTS cards, they are out of the bugget range so i dont think ill be getting one lol. Ill be running a dual boot w/ XP and vista. I have heard all drivers for vista are not the best so unless a game needs DX10 then ill just play under XP. So im still looking for a good mid-range card(s) that dont total over $350.00 (prefrebly $300.00) CND. Curent bord is a
D975XBX. Dont think ill go with the MATX due to cooling issus
    
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It's really not worth it going crossfire/SLI especially if you're on a budget, just stick with one card at a time. Since the 8800gts is out of your budget, look at the x1950xt, x1950pro, or the 7900gs
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And trueg, an 8800GTS would not beat dual 7950GX2s, or dual x1950XTXs, so don't make claims like that without proof to back it.
Yes,I was wrong on that, I meant to say that within his budget, the 8800GTS will trounce any directx9 series card. $300-350 Canadian = $285-$325 US dollars. Sorry, I was a little rusty on my exchange rates, so getting an 8800 is out of the question, so you could go to ebay and get 2 7900GTX's, or two 7900GT's for within your budget
    
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