hmm, i'm not so sure about that. besides, going with a single video card will allow you to get a less expensive motherboard. i think going with a mid-level crossfire setup on a new build isn't a great idea. if you like the idea of SLI/CrossFire, you should always start with the single best video card you can afford, but get a mobo with 2 PCI-E slots so you can add a 2nd card in the future if you need. but never start off with 2 mid-range cards.
EDIT: just for fun, compare the price of an Asus P5W DH Deluxe and 2 1650XTs to the price of an Asus P5B-E and a single 8800GTS. the second setup costs less and will be faster.
that is sig-worthy right there. you made up a new word and i think i love it. i will try to use it in a sentence tomorrow. second, i'm a loyal ATi customer. in fact, i've never even owned an nVidia card, but i would still pick an 8800GTS over a pair of 2600s. i think an 8800 would wipe the floor with those 2600s.
My question is easy and simple ,which 1 is better ?
Maybe the time will proof it !
sorry, i totally ignored your question. if it was me and my money... i'd pick neither. i'd spend the same amount of money and buy a Radeon X1950 Pro or 1950XT. it won't do DX10, but neither will the cards you mentioned from what i've read
i'd rather have a high end DX9 card than a POS DX10 card, but that could just be me.
EDIT: oops, i see you already bought it. well, it's too late now. i haven't read any reviews of the 2600, but i'm sure it competes nicely with the 8600 (or will when the drivers mature). just make sure you install new drivers when they're released for the next few months. i think they're still working out the kinks.
The 128Bit Memory Interface may hurt both cards from what I read here and there. I have not had much of a chance to read into it, but why would they go with 128 instead of 256? and what would the difference be?
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