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Hi Guys! last noobie question for me.<br />
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I got my money back today for the faulty 7900 GTX. So happy i can finish off my build by buying a good card.<br />
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This is what i have so far...<br />
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Mobo = ASUS P5N32-SLI SE Deluxe ATX SK775 Core2Duo PCI Express x16<br />
CPU = Intel Core 2 Duo E6600<br />
Memory = 1GB Corsair Twin 2x512mb Sticks (800MHZ or PC6400)<br />
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GPU = Still undecided<br />
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My question is i'm wanting to try out a ATI X1900XT as i have bought two Nvidia graphics cards and in my life and had two die. Can my system support an ATI card? For some reason the Mobo has Nvidia stickers on it and the memory package also has an nvidia sticker.<br />
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I don't know a lot about this but doing my best to learn. My Mobo also says the chipset is a NVIDIA® nForce4 SLI x 16. <img src="/images/smilies/confused.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Confused" class="inlineimg" /> <br />
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You can use an ATI card but you can't have CF because your motherboard has an SLI chipset. Also, if your going to be gaming then I suggest you get 2GB of RAM, more and more games now require alot of RAM so having 2GB will definitely help you alot <img src="/images/smilies/thumb.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Thumb" class="inlineimg" />
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">You can use an ATI card but you can't have CF because your motherboard has an SLI chipset. Also, if your going to be gaming then I suggest you get 2GB of RAM, more and more games now require alot of RAM so having 2GB will definitely help you alot <img src="/images/smilies/thumb.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Thumb" class="inlineimg" /></div>

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</div>Roger that, i will probably try to get a 7900 GTX again then since SLI is still an option. I will definately get 2GB of RAM but i need to save pennies up again to get that extra gig. Can't wait to have this rig sorted as my dreams were smashed when i found i had a faulty card.
 

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Don't go for the 7900GTX man, check out the EVGA 7900GTO on newegg. It's over $100 less so you have some $$$ left over, and it's essentially a slightly downclocked 7900GTX. It's easily OC-able to beyond 7900GTX specs as well.<br />
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Check it out: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814130065" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130065</a><br />
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AND HURRY! They're goin fast and prices are climbing! Up $10 in one day!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Don't go for the 7900GTX man, check out the EVGA 7900GTO on newegg. It's over $100 less so you have some $$$ left over, and it's essentially a slightly downclocked 7900GTX. It's easily OC-able to beyond 7900GTX specs as well.<br><br>
Check it out: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814130065" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130065</a><br><br>
AND HURRY! They're goin fast and prices are climbing! Up $10 in one day!</div>
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Thanks for the link dude, problem is i am in New Zealand and harder to get good bits. Most places from oversease don't even ship to me!
 

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Ahhhh I see...<br><br>
Sorry dude :-\\
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Ahhhh I see...<br><br>
Sorry dude :-\\</div>
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Thanks for your help anyway! I just did a search for the 7900GTO for pages in New Zealand and i got nothing!!!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Big Grin"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Big Grin"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/gunner2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gunner2">
 

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How about a 7600GT to keep you going until DX10 ? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Roll Eyes (Sarcastic)">
 

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Remember, DX10 cards have unknown PSU requirements. So you may have to upgrade your PSU if you want to wait it out till DX10, next month for nVidia.
 

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Good CPU, and good RAM.<br><br>
But why did you choose that motherboard? That nForce 4 chipset is really old now, and can't achieve a very high FSB.<br><br>
C2D's have low multi's and so rely alot upon high FSB to get good OC's.<br><br>
So nForce 4 + C2D = not very good overclock.<br><br>
A 7900GT or GTO would do really nice. Although so would a single x1900xtx.<br><br>
Considering DX10 is supposedly being launched in November, you might want to wait till then.<br><br>
EDIT: Yeah, get a 7600GT. Cheap, and good performance. Would hold you over nicely till DX10 is released. Remeber, once DX10 is out it doesn't mean that the first DX10 cards will be any good.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Remember, DX10 cards have unknown PSU requirements. So you may have to upgrade your PSU if you want to wait it out till DX10, next month for nVidia.</div>
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Very true <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Thumb"> Here's a quote from Xbit Labs...<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">* Unified Shader Architecture;<br>
* Support FP16 HDR+MSAA;<br>
* Support GDDR4 memories;<br>
* Close to 700M transistors (G71 - 278M / G70 - 302M);<br>
* New AA mode: VCAA;<br>
* Core clock scalable up to 1.5GHz;<br>
* Shader peformance: 2x Pixel/12x Vertex over G71;<br>
* 8 TCPs & 128 stream processors;<br>
* Much more efficient than traditional architecture;<br>
* 384-bit memory interface (256-bit+128-bit);<br>
* 768MB memory size (512MB+256MB)<br><br>
The publication further claims that there would be two models at launch, which is claimed to coincide with the release of Intel’s quad-core Intel Core 2 Extreme microprocessor in November:<br><br>
* GeForce 8800GTX: 7 TCPs chip, 384-bit memory interface, hybrid water/fan cooler, water cooling for overclocking. $649;<br>
* GeForce 8800GT: 6 TCPs chip, 320-bit memory interface, fan cooler. US$449-499;</div>
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Heres the URL so you guys can read more <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><a href="http://www.xbitlabs.com/web/display/20060919075610.html" target="_blank">http://www.xbitlabs.com/web/display/20060919075610.html</a><br><br>
So, If youre interested in DX10 and this beast of a GPU, then your best best would be to wait till November, and start saving your pennies... for both the 8800GT/GTX and a new PSU <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
If DX10 isn't really important to you, then I would go for the 7900GTO... Or even a 7900GT <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Thumb">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">Good CPU, and good RAM.<br />
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But why did you choose that motherboard? That nForce 4 chipset is really old now, and can't achieve a very high FSB.<br />
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C2D's have low multi's and so rely alot upon high FSB to get good OC's.<br />
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So nForce 4 + C2D = not very good overclock.<br />
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A 7900GT or GTO would do really nice. Although so would a single x1900xtx.<br />
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Considering DX10 is supposedly being launched in November, you might want to wait till then.<br />
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EDIT: Yeah, get a 7600GT. Cheap, and good performance. Would hold you over nicely till DX10 is released. Remeber, once DX10 is out it doesn't mean that the first DX10 cards will be any good.</div>

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</div>Thanks, yeah i went for that board because my selection was limited and i discussed in another forum that i won't be overclocking as of yet. <br />
<a href="http://www.overclock.net/intel-motherboards/119315-mobo.html" target="_blank">http://www.overclock.net/intel-mothe...9315-mobo.html</a><br />
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So maybe it was a bad choice for the future but for what i could buy at the time it was one of the few options i had.
 

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So you guys would go for a 7900 GT over a 7900 GTX? I would be saving myself a lot of money by going for a gt instead.<br />
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This 7900GTX i came across translates to $782 US dollars and from what i've looked at is quite a lot overpriced.<br />
<a href="http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?item=VGALTK12360" target="_blank">http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?item=VGALTK12360</a><br />
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Extreme version just means it is factory overclocked?<br />
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Where as if i go for a 7900GT 512mb i just found one for $379.65 US dollars.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">So you guys would go for a 7900 GT over a 7900 GTX? I would be saving myself a lot of money by going for a gt instead.<br />
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This 7900GTX i came across translates to $782 US dollars and from what i've looked at is quite a lot overpriced.<br />
<a href="http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?item=VGALTK12360" target="_blank">http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?item=VGALTK12360</a><br />
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Extreme version just means it is factory overclocked?<br />
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Where as if i go for a 7900GT 512mb i just found one for $379.65 US dollars.</div>

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</div>id get a 7950GT, they are around $290 USD. <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814130061" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130061</a>
 

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<a href="http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?item=VGALTK12620" target="_blank">This</a> doesn't sound like it is a bad price compared to us in Oz. Go 512 Mb as it does perform better than the 256 versions. I have done a few tests with the 7900GT 256 and the 512 version and as a comarison in the FEAR demo the 512 runs around 20-25 frames quicker.
 
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