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I have been using ATI cards for a few years and want to try out some Nvidia's. Currently I run a 3850 512mb but since my MB is SLI I thought I would get (2)Nvidia cards and try out SLI. I have never used SLI and thought it would be fun to try.
If anyone could give me some idea's on what cards I should use I would appreciate it.
P.S. Try and keep the cost under $500.00 please. If I spend much more the wife will kill me
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9600gts in SLI are doing great, other then that if u have 500, you might try 2 8800GTS's G92
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I have been looking at the Nvidia cards and they make it sooo confusing. There are 9600GTOC & 9600GT and many different 8800's. I guess I am used to ATI so choosing the Nvidia may not be as easy as I thought.
Would 1 higher end Nvidia card perform better that 2 lesser cards in SLI?
post #4 of 27
This decision will require some serious research if you want to make an informed decision. Motherboard, card, brand, processor, etc will all make a difference in performance. MHO is that 2 9600gt's are a great deal for the money. They show great gains in SLI. However, bigger and badder is generally better. A pair of 8800 Ultras will always run well.
I have purchased one Palit 9600gt ($109.00 after MIR from newegg) and plan to upgrade my system to an SLI MB and PSU to add one more. It will be up to you how much $$ you want to spend, but bang for buck in Nvidia and SLI is looking like the 9600gt is the way to go.
Remember, this is only my opinion based on my own research and my opinion and 90 cents will get you a cup of coffee at McDonalds and nothing more...

2 Palit 9600gt's will run you less than $250 after MIR if you buy them this month. You will have $250 left to get a Raptor HD... lol
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Even OC cards are just the standard reference card OC'd and repackaged. Buy whatever 8800's are in your budget and you won't be dissapointed, especially at 1680 X1050 the native res of your monitor, i use the same, its the pebble right?
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Two 8800gt's in sli perform better then 9600gt's, but you get much more for the money with the latter. Not sure if you can find two gts' for under $500 shipped, but that would be the best performing pair of cards.
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post #7 of 27
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I have been looking at these cards. The 9600GT is about $200.00 and the 8800GT $250.00

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Two 8800gt's in sli perform better then 9600gt's, but you get much more for the money with the latter. Not sure if you can find two gts' for under $500 shipped, but that would be the best performing pair of cards.
just realized he is in Canada, and probably wont find 2x8800GTS's for $500, also if you dont want to go SLI, just buy one 8800GTS G92
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post #9 of 27
i had to 2 g92 8800gt's in SLI i had the xfx max OC card and loved that setup.
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post #10 of 27
Get two 8800gt's and put them in sli 4r $500(perfect) according to your price....that'll do an amazing job 4r ya.
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