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Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by 3991vhtes, Apr 3, 2008.

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    The 8800GT is better. I just sold my 9600GT, and going back to a 8800GT. higher fsp, and about 1000 pts more in 3dmark06.
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    Mushkin one looks tempting..... plus it has a 5yr warranty :)
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    No offense taken, but a friend of mine is running 2900XT's in crossfire with that Zeus. Not to mention 3 HD and 4GB of RAM. Perfectly stable. There are obviously better PSU's, like my 700w Tagan ITZ. But the price is right, under $100.
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    2900XT's...how do they bench compared to the 8800GT's?
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    Yeah, to each his own as well. I hate these kinds of threads, they can turn into such a big flamewar. Either one is nice.

    Really, 3991, I'd nix the whole 775 build and work on a Nehalem(think thats how its spelled).

    EDIT: I cant really comment on the 2900XT's, but they are a power hungry card.
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    Nehalem? AMD?

    Blah..nvm then about 2900's... the power bill will be bad enough lol.
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    No man, its Intel's new stuff.
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    oh.. i guess it won't be LGA775?
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    stick with 775 .. lket everyone else have teh teething pains and the initail high price
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    I was thinking of the same idea...
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    You didnt like the E3110 its a Xeon ver. of the E8400 ;)
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    I love my 3110. It's running cool and stable at 4.25ghz on 1.41v. 47c on full load OCCT.
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    The 8800GT's bench slightly higher than the 2900XT, and require less power.
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    I like that you are seeing past the quad recommendations. A faster dual core is better than a slower quad for gaming.

    I also have to agree against the dual budget vid cards. Spring for a better single card and upgrade to SLI with another in the future. Going SLI with budget is like shooting yourself in the foot twice and being stuck with it.
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    9600GT SLi is considered budget??
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    It shouldn't be. It's a great card for the money. $150 for a card that reaches 8800GT stock speeds when OC'd? May be the best mid range card Nvidia ever created. $300 for a 9600GT SLI would fly..
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    ok here we go this is a way better setup=cheaper

    gigabyte ex38 ds4 @ www.clubit.com
    same ram
    2xhd3870 from neweg
    buy my powersupply I'm selling 800watts &80.00
    e8400 I'm selling for $180.00
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    Did a quick scan, didn't see this posted...I may have missed it...but after MIR's, you can have 2 Palit 9600GT 512's for about $220...talk about a bang-for-the-buck SLI setup! Fairly decent cooling, from what I've read these are pretty good cards, plus the price is just kickass!

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814261002

    149.99 - 40 MIR. Pretty sweet deal, good till the 30th too!

    I think you can only have one MIR per name/household, but have a buddy order one for ya and you're good to go!

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    Dude!

    Get a 750i SLI board such as ASUS P5N-T or MSI P7N SLI Platinum. SAVE upto $110.

    Get a single 9800 GTX instead of the two 8800 GS !

    Get a Q9300 instead of the E6850. There's a price slash.

    And you'll not end up spending more than your budget.
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    Just get a quad instead of the c2d and vista ultimate 64 bit it will be sweet
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    Yeah, suggested a MSI 750i board already. Honestly, if a Q9450 is not in the budget, I'd stick with a Q6600. The Q9300 with it's low multiplier is not worth the current price premium, especially when a Q6600 will only cost $200-$250, compared to $300+ for the Q9300. The 9800GTX is a good option, but if he can get 2 9600GT's for <300, he may get slightly more performance for his money.
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    The ASUS P7N-D sells for < $140. If he can sqeeze in two $169 worth 9600 GT units he can have better performance. PCI-E 2.0 x8 poses no bottleneck for the 9600 GT.

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