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Originally Posted by markuk3
I have had no 1T problems with my mobo running @270mhz .Its a very stable board .yes the DFI boards are very good mobos but they have a lot of glitches .Yes i know bios updates have sorted a lot of the problems out but my board maxed out at 330mhz at the moment i think is as high as i want to go. Corsair xms range of dimms are known to be good o/cing ram and that will be fine perhaps another upgrade at a later date just dont buy crucial ballistix it wasnt compatible with my board.. The 7800 gt walks all over the 6800 series as ity is much newer technology . i play all my gamesincluding COD2 And NFSMW @ ther highest levels with only 1gig of ram with no problems

but this is only my humble opinnion
what revision board do you have? and what bios are you using? I'm interested!
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A couple of things. someone above mentioned copper heatsinks on the evga. The BFG also has copper heatsinks. With respect to benches for SLI, I found out that 2 6600GT's in SLI are within 5% performance in all benches to a 7800GT (my new BFG). Whoever above said 2 6800GT's are slower is incorrect. The A8N32 is a bit crowded but I was able to fit 2 GPU's with Zalman Vf-700's on the board with room for my sound blaster card. What else would you need? the board has everything else built in (even sound but it sucks).

The board (A8N32) is fantastic thus far. I am eagerly waiting for my second 7800GT!
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I was unaware that BFG put copper heatsinks on their 7800GT's. do you know if they use the reference fan or a GTX fan?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by soloz2
what revision board do you have? and what bios are you using? I'm interested!
Im not sure what revision it is but im running the 1016 BIOS with the 6.6 chipset drivers
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Not sure solz2

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Quote:
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A couple of things. someone above mentioned copper heatsinks on the evga. The BFG also has copper heatsinks. With respect to benches for SLI, I found out that 2 6600GT's in SLI are within 5% performance in all benches to a 7800GT (my new BFG). Whoever above said 2 6800GT's are slower is incorrect. The A8N32 is a bit crowded but I was able to fit 2 GPU's with Zalman Vf-700's on the board with room for my sound blaster card. What else would you need? the board has everything else built in (even sound but it sucks).

The board (A8N32) is fantastic thus far. I am eagerly waiting for my second 7800GT!
Benchmarks comparing 1 video card to 2 with 3DMark05 has no relevance to real life performance gain. If you dig a little deeper, you'll see that some settings with the 6600gt's wouldn't even be possible with newer games and not only run with 1 7800gt, but run well. 1 7800gt would be a much better investment and would also perform better today and leave you more room for upgrade down the line if SLI ever becomes worth it. If you look at low resolutions, 2 6600gt are horrible in performance and I play almost all my games at lower resolutions because I hate having tiny icons.
http://www.pcstats.com/ArtVNL.cfm?articleid=1901&page=7
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Not sure solz2
hmm... that sure looks like a copper heatsink there... lol. is that the regular BFG 7800GT? I thought they also had a model w/ a reference looking cooler. that's what I was referring to.
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post #18 of 31
i would go with the a8n32 just because of the stock voltage limits on that board, the asus a8n premium had got me volt modding things (which is pretty easy but you still gotta do it ) oh and i think it voids th warranty

but dont discredit msi as a good vid card alternative

ive been able to acheive 495/1220 with the nx7800gt, now i am water cooling but i get temps of 31c idle and 35 to 40c load but with there stock cooler i dont think they would be much higher, and msi has a copper core over the gpu and aluminum over the ram chips so its better then some (evga .... atleast the 6800gt i bought )

heres some single card scores to show you what a single 7800gt is capapble of
although not all get this high they should get soem what close in over all scores
http://service.futuremark.com/servle...jectId=1664572
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post #19 of 31
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the input guys. I've decided on

A8N32-SLI
X2 4400+
1 x BFG 7800 GT OC'd (2nd soon)
Keep the same TWIN XMS ram
2 x 300 gb Diamondmax 16mb cache sata's in raid
Zalman 9500 cpu cooler
Plextor PX-716sa sata dvd drive
Keep the same Ultra X-Connect 500 psu (will upgrade when i add 2nd 7800)

Everything should be here from Newegg on Tuesday.


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Quote:
Originally Posted by space_cowboy
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814143037

yes/no?

And since i'm not going sli right away, will my current Ultra X-Connect 500w psu work?
Umm...this 7800GT is BY FAR the best one for the money.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130249
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