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Offline Marco C  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, February 27, 2007 10:43:16 AM(UTC)
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Personally, I'd go with a single 8800 GTX. With a 20" widescreen panel, your resolution will likely be no higher than 1680x1050, which is no problem for a single GTX. With a single card in the system, you won't have to worry about SLI compatibility when new games come out, and performance will be more than adequate.

On a side note, with the motherboard you've chosen, the slots wouldn't drop down to x8 with two cards installed because the chipset has 32 PCI Express lanes dedicated to graphics. And why 3GB of RAM? I'm not a fan of mixing memory modules. Stick with a matched pair of 1GB sticks in dual-channel mode (2GB total), or go all out and get two matched 2GB kits.
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#2 Posted : Tuesday, February 27, 2007 1:21:58 PM(UTC)
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Offline Der Meister  
#3 Posted : Tuesday, February 27, 2007 1:38:20 PM(UTC)
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the evga ACS3 edition.
Offline Marco C  
#4 Posted : Tuesday, February 27, 2007 5:54:46 PM(UTC)
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I've had nothing but good luck with all of the XFX cards I've tested, but any one of the three would be fine. I'd probalby buy the cheapest one because they're all manufactured at the same facility anyway.
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#5 Posted : Wednesday, February 28, 2007 1:40:58 PM(UTC)
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Don't get confused by the specs. Every 8800 GTX has the exact same features. The only way they differ are their clock speeds and coolers. The fastest and highest clocked air-cooled card is XFX's top-of-the-line XXX edition at 630MHz / 2.0GHz. Then the EVGA ACS3 at 626MHz / 2.0GHz. Other than the 4MHz on the core and the different cooler, there is nothing different about these two cards.

Like I said earlier, just go with the one with the best price.
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