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post #1 of 15
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I am woking on another upgrade to my system and I'm looking for a little feedback from you guys. Here's what I'm looking at.

Option 1: Keep current setup and get a 9800GTX

Option 2: Get a GIGABYTE GA-M57SLI-S4 mobo and run 2 9600GTs in SLI

Option 3: Get a MSI K9A2 CF-F V2 and run 2 3850s in CF.

Option 4: Stick with what I got
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post #2 of 15
Option 3 with the 3850's BIOS edited to up the voltage and you have 2 3870's
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post #3 of 15
I'd wait a little bit. There is all sorts of exciting stuff right around the corner.

Maybe you want to update your mobo/CPU for now, and wait for the next gen ATI cards.

I'd recommend this:

DFI LANPARTY DK 790FX-M2RS AM2+/AM2 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard $134.99
AMD Phenom 9850 BLACK EDITION 2.5GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HD985ZXAGHBOX $235.00

If that's too expensive, shoot for a cheaper 9x50 series Phenom or a Toliman tri-core CPU.

then, when the next gen ATI cards come out... pop a pair in that nice DFI board, and enjoy.

alternatively,
Get the DFI board, and see if you can snatch up an inexpensive used 2900XT for a Crossfire set up. Those 2900XT's aren't half bad
    
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I would wait if you can.

BUT......Option 3 sounds good, (changing to the DFI LANPARTY DK 790FX-M2RS Motherboard)
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post #5 of 15
option 3.. as a 9600 is pretty weak

but might be good idea to wait around a lil longer... the reason the 8800s are all going down in price is cuz that gt200 is on its way out....
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post #6 of 15
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I'm suprised to see people recommending the 3850's over the 9600's. From all the benchmarks I've seen 2 9600's are pretty vecious. Just slightly behond 2 8800GT's and they are as fast as the 9800GX2.
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post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by jameskelsey View Post
Option 3 with the 3850's BIOS edited to up the voltage and you have 2 3870's
Can that be done? I flashed my 2900Pro to XT so I'm no stranger to it. I didn't know the 3850 and 3870 were so similar.
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I'm suprised to see people recommending the 3850's over the 9600's. From all the benchmarks I've seen 2 9600's are pretty vecious. Just slightly behond 2 8800GT's and they are as fast as the 9800GX2.
nForce 570...
That's all there is to it. That chipset is antique.
It's not so much the performance of the cards, it's just that there isn't really any decent AMD board that supports SLI nowadays. Yeah, you could get that board, but it'll substantially limit upgrade potential.

this is one of the reasons I advice to hang on to your current GPU, upgrade your mobo/CPU and get the next gen ATI cards which seem to look pretty darn good.
    
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dont the nforce 780a chipsets support SLI?
    
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post #10 of 15
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nForce 570...
That's all there is to it. That chipset is antique.
It's not so much the performance of the cards, it's just that there isn't really any decent AMD board that supports SLI nowadays. Yeah, you could get that board, but it'll substantially limit upgrade potential.

this is one of the reasons I advice to hang on to your current GPU, upgrade your mobo/CPU and get the next gen ATI cards which seem to look pretty darn good.
Why exactly would that hold back performance? I know its old, but is it not still fast? I apologize for my ignorance, I have never ran nVidia before.
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