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What about a 750i?
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well i would most definitely change from the 8800gt sli to the 9600gt in sli. it has shown that even though it has less shader processors, it still edges out the 8800gt because it scales better in sli. the 8800gt may be superior, but only when running a single card.
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post #13 of 18
you/he may already have it, but don't forget some Arctic Silver. It looks like the dvd burner you have picked is oos, this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827151171 is the same but 22x instead of 20x. Also, does he already have a sound card, or is he going to use onboard?
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Originally Posted by low strife View Post
550VX isn't even close to poewrful enough for two 8800GTS's. Plus the DS3R dosen't have SLI support, you need a Nvidia board for that.
Sorry guys, I put the wrong thing in the list I quoted. It was right on Newegg though.

It was supposed to be a 750i.

And what PSU would you recommend I get instead?
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Originally Posted by HeelyJoe View Post
Sorry guys, I put the wrong thing in the list I quoted. It was right on Newegg though.

It was supposed to be a 750i.

And what PSU would you recommend I get instead?
The 750w corsair should work fine but if not go with something more powerful like a antec 850w
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CPU: E8400
Mobo: Evga 750i ftw
RAM: mushkin redline pc1000
GPU: 9600 gt in sli (pick what you want)
HD: Samsung Spinpoint F1 750GB
PSU: pc power and cooling 750 (amazing psu)
Case: CM690
DVD: Samsung SH-S203N
CPU Cooler: Thermalright Ultra Extreme

i think that looks good. and for the case fans in the cm690 get 140mm quiter and more cfm
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Originally Posted by HeelyJoe View Post
Sorry guys, I put the wrong thing in the list I quoted. It was right on Newegg though.

It was supposed to be a 750i.

And what PSU would you recommend I get instead?
I'll start with the PSU, and reiterate that 2x 8800gt would still run fine on the 550VX!

http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php...Story2&reid=62

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Looking at the end of the VX550W I see that it looks scarily familiar. I seem to remember a certain CWT built Tt Toughpower 750W I had that shared the triple toroid choke making a choke sandwich out of a small boxy cap...

Sure enough, it's a CWT. The resemblance to the 750W in question doesn't end there. Inside we find the same green tape, same swagged heat sinks and the same little plastic deflector on the fan. This is a nice precursor for things to come...

She puts out 556W at a load that calculated by A*V for all rails driven (at spec voltages) should have been 548W. Neat, it actually exceeds it's rating which is a refreshing change...

12V is handled by a pair of STPS3060CW 30A parts in parallel. That adds up to a potential 60A of capacity...
Ok just so you know this unit can actually handle wattage beyond it's rating. Another thing to consider is that a stock 8800gt consumes less than 80W(78.3) under peak 3D load... So unless you heavily OC both 8800GTs, have a heavily OCd quad, 5+ HDs, 6+ high CFM fans and 3+ optical drives you would not come close to pulling 41 amps...

Now as for the 2x 8800GT configuration and 750i FTW,

A) The next generation of GFX cards are quite literally a couple weeks away from their debut. That means prices will drop on the "current" gen cards and you could save more money or you could simply buy one highend card instead(I'm still a firm believe that multi-card = gimmick; perhaps HD 4870x2 will change that).

B) From what I've seen current multi-card solutions and the 750i FTW suffer from some major draw backs. Micro-stuttering, lack of SLI support in certain games and I've seen some 750i + 2x 8800gts configs that score less than my X48 + 1x 8800GTS...

http://www.overclock.net/nvidia/3400...00gts-sli.html

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I raised my CPU clocks to 3.6ghz and my cards to 770/1100 and I'm only getting 17.3k :[
http://service.futuremark.com/compare?3dm06=6982564
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I've only been able to get a max score of 18807, so I guess I'm off a bit as well and I think I've fiddle with everything that I can except drivers.
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I decided to get rid of my 750i and 2nd 8800GTS and go back to a p35 chipset. Even at 3.6ghz and SLI i was getting framerate issues in TF2, which was absurd because before with my single 8800GTS and DS3L it never, ever dropped in framerate.
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Originally Posted by MasterKromm View Post
I'll start with the PSU, and reiterate that 2x 8800gt would still run fine on the 550VX!

http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php...Story2&reid=62

Ok just so you know this unit can actually handle wattage beyond it's rating. Another thing to consider is that a stock 8800gt consumes less than 80W(78.3) under peak 3D load... So unless you heavily OC both 8800GTs, have a heavily OCd quad, 5+ HDs, 6+ high CFM fans and 3+ optical drives you would not come close to pulling 41 amps...
That is what I thought, but I didn't have anything to back it up. Thanks for the link!

I think I will probably stick with the 550VX, since I don't think I will go through with SLI.

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Originally Posted by MasterKromm View Post
Now as for the 2x 8800GT configuration and 750i FTW,

A) The next generation of GFX cards are quite literally a couple weeks away from their debut. That means prices will drop on the "current" gen cards and you could save more money or you could simply buy one highend card instead(I'm still a firm believe that multi-card = gimmick; perhaps HD 4870x2 will change that).
Well, I think it will be another week to two weeks before he gets the last paycheck he needs to order it. So do you think I should tell him to wait? How much money would he be saving?

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Originally Posted by MasterKromm View Post
B) From what I've seen current multi-card solutions and the 750i FTW suffer from some major draw backs. Micro-stuttering, lack of SLI support in certain games and I've seen some 750i + 2x 8800gts configs that score less than my X48 + 1x 8800GTS...

http://www.overclock.net/nvidia/3400...00gts-sli.html
I always tried to avoid multi-card setups in the past, but I was hoping that SLI had matured enough by now. I guess not...

Like I said above, he won't be ordering for at least a week from now anyway, so it would probably be worth waiting for the next series of cards to come out. I'll make a decision once he can actually order between the 8800GTS or a newer card.

Anyway, thanks again to everyone who has contributed!
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