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rxu16
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2006-01-30T16:39:39Z
Sure, having two vid cards sounds great, but is it really worth it? Just wondering because I want to get my first build right.
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Jordan
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2006-01-30T16:58:19Z
No no no no no.
Freeman
2006-01-30T17:04:11Z
Well.... How many times has this question been asked? SLI is not worth it in the long run, unless you need to run 3 monitors like me. If you buy one average card now and get the same average card to have SLI, you will roughly equal the same performance (sometimes lose) to a single card, all the while generating more heat, drawing more power and taking up two slots.

Say you get 2 x 6800GS now instead of a single 7800GT ('Bout the same perf). They will perform the same in SLI games (of which there aren't too many), but in non-SLI games the GS's are as good as a bulemic at a hot-dog eating contest (pardon my political incorrectness). You're still happy though, because you get the same 3DMark06 scores as the guy down the street with the 7800GTX.

FFWD 2 years. The 8000 series is here from nVidia, and it's rocking Elsp and My's world in our new FX-95, 8 TB RAM towers of power. You feel left out, because since you spent the extra cash on the second card, or waited until now to buy one because you got an SLI mobo. Since you will not see as much of a performance increase with a second card as with a new top of the line one, you get a 8800 Ultra (or whatever) and trash the original idea of SLI that you had.

Also, if you already had SLI, you'd have spent more money at the start and might not be able to afford the new card. Bummer.

I think this goes to show that SLI is not worth the cash, unless of course (just to get people that see I have SLI off my back) you are running more that 2 monitors, as I am for music and video editing.

Holy! I went an entire post using proper spelling, grammar and capitalization! Hell must have frozen over!
Jordan
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2006-01-30T17:20:03Z
quote:

Originally posted by: Freeman
Holy! I went an entire post using proper spelling, grammar and capitalization! Hell must have frozen over!


How can you be sure, did you run it through Word...?
Freeman
2006-01-30T17:29:44Z
Lemme check, I'll drop it in.......

w00t!

I didn't make a mistake!
Der Meister
2006-01-30T20:40:55Z
^lame, and there really inst a ture reason for 2 vid cards, well except for 3d stuff but most computers artn built for that.
rxu16
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2006-01-31T15:01:14Z
Thanks, and Freeman...that made my day...

P.S. Would you recommend a mobo that supports it even if you aren't going the SLI way?

P.P.S. What's dual channel mean on a psu and when it says that a mobo supports dual channels?

Last thing...http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811156049

..how does that case look, I'd take out the psu and replace it with an antec brand one.
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2006-01-31T16:35:19Z
Buying an SLI mobo as long as you aren't paying much extra for isn't a bad idea. A security blanket if you will.

A PSU with dual rails 12V means exactly that, it has two smaller 12V rails which add up to give the 12V current rating (A), two rails are better than one and gives the PSU greater stability.

The case looks cheap. A case at $50 with a PSU and a case at $50 without, which uis likely to be better quality? Since you will be discarding the PSU get one without.
l aedis l
2006-01-31T22:42:42Z
"To spend lots of money, or NOT to spend lots of money." "That is the question."
Freeman
2006-01-31T22:50:45Z
heres a nice one, good quality too, plus comes with an antec 450w psu:

Antec Case
rxu16
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2006-02-01T15:03:06Z
I thought about that case when I was looking for one, but I went with the one thats half the price minus without a psu. Would the psu hold up if i oc'd tho?
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2006-02-01T15:07:50Z
quote:

Originally posted by: rxu16
I thought about that case when I was looking for one, but I went with the one thats half the price minus without a psu. Would the psu hold up if i oc'd tho?


The Antec? yes easilly, it's an Antec.

if not what PSU did you get?
rxu16
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2006-02-01T15:25:39Z
Well, I was going to get an antec as well, but it was a higher wattage, 500 I think, pretty much the same thing.
Freeman
2006-02-01T15:35:24Z
sounds good, is it a tp2?
rxu16
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2006-02-02T15:25:18Z
If you mean true power, then no it wasn't.
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