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post #21 of 40
I feel like you're gonna end up spending less than $3.5K and in the end the money you save now will be better spent three years from now anyhow.
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post #22 of 40
i am sorry to have to tell you this but, NO SYSTEM is 100% future proof, most new builds like that will last 2-3 years MAX to be able to play the latest games, and even after 2 years it will start to not play them as good as it used to (due to games demanding more out of the system), so in that area you are out of luck

i got my pentium d 2 years ago and i thought it was bullit proof lol, played everything i chucked at it at max and with my 7900gs it was great!, but hardware moves on, and im getting a nice quad core in a week

(since then i have upgraded to a 8800GT 512MB, more ram new motherboard etc)

but my point is no system can be that future proof, best u get out of gamer systems is 2-3 years - and thats only if u spend thousands of $ like you are

for normal web surfing and other stuff that system will be fine for 5 years, my mum still has her Dell Dimension 2300 thats about 5 years old, for just web surfing email, im etc
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post #23 of 40
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Originally Posted by thxone View Post
When you say the quad SLi doesn't "scale" that well what do you mean?
In one game, you could gain say... 20 fps over a single GX2, while in another, it'll only give you something miniscule like more 2fps over a single GX2
(or even make you lose frames in some cases.)
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post #24 of 40
5 years from now you will be able to play all the games unless some really crazy tech comes out and some games designed for that tech... idk why everyone is going on about it wont make it my last comp from 2002 made it to 2007 playing all the games out even crysis o noes!!! just not at max settings... grab 2 gtx 280s and it will last you 5 years easily u just wont be able to max games after a few years but u can still play them fine. and lets say u still want to game at max just buy a new gpu 3 or 4 years down the road...
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Q9550. 280GTX's sli
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post #26 of 40
hell a p4 478 system will last 5 years.....is it worth anything in 5 years?? to some no. to others yes. even todays super duper system will be outdated in a week, so if you want something that will last 5 years your in the wrong hobby
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post #27 of 40
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Originally Posted by Kopi View Post
You're going to want 2 GTX280's if you want to get anywhere near 5 years...and even then thats pushing it. Hardware just moves too quickly to stay "on top of the ball" for 5 years. You'll still last quite a while though.

You also need to change your background to the original one you had

thats why you downgrade your monitor size - learn to stick with 1024x768 and not use AA or AF . next up, How To: get the most out of your old hardware! - lol.


but seriously, you are right. 2 GTX280's would be better in the long run than 2 9800X2's, not to mention the quad sli scaling issues.
    
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post #28 of 40
Like you, I like to over-build computers and use them for longer periods of time (in my case 4 years, not 5). If I didn't, I'd spend all my time doing nothing but upgrading the 9 computers in the house lol. However, even when doing so, I still find myself needing to upgrade the video card once or twice between system purchases, even when buying the top of the line cards. Its just that once you get used to ultra-high resolutions and quality settings, you get completely spoiled and won't be happy with anything less.

Anyway, just get a single video card, and put the extra money away in a piggy bank (or whatever ) for next year. And just upgrade that card between every 1-2 years, and you'll end up enjoying your computer a lot more.
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post #29 of 40
get the Q9550, they don't sell the Q9450 anymore.

get dual 4870X2's, that'll last you awhile. your psu supports it too. it'll crush the 9800gx2 by a bunch too, and it won't have NEARLY as much microstuttering... because two of the GPU's share the same memory, whereas you'll have 4 different sets of memory for 4 different gpu's with the 9800gx2.

the 4870x2 is a single card too, not two cards fitting in one slot.

oh, plus more memory total. that counts for a lot, especially how long the card will last you. i can't imagine triple buffering (cutting down on microstuttering even more) games that come out a year from now.
Edited by fade2green514 - 9/19/08 at 10:18pm
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post #30 of 40
Quote:
Originally Posted by fade2green514 View Post
get the Q9550, they don't sell the Q9450 anymore.

get dual 4870X2's, that'll last you awhile. your psu supports it too. it'll crush the 9800gx2 by a bunch too, and it won't have NEARLY as much microstuttering... because two of the GPU's share the same memory, whereas you'll have 4 different sets of memory for 4 different gpu's with the 9800gx2.

the 4870x2 is a single card too, not two cards fitting in one slot.

oh, plus more memory total. that counts for a lot, especially how long the card will last you. i can't imagine triple buffering (cutting down on microstuttering even more) games that come out a year from now.
um the 4870x2 is a dual GPU card also not a single card
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