A video card question

By omegafate
Nov 9, 2008
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  1. ok this might be a stupid question but im trying to figure this out

    ok im looking in to a new video card/cards

    i have 2 ideas


    i can either buy 1, 1 gb video card

    or i can buy 2 512 mb video cards


    i know about the clocking and such

    but i wanna see what your guyses opinions are


    i got 2 cards im looking at for the 1 gb

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150285

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814143150


    here are the 2 512 mb video cards

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150245

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121098

    i know the diffrences between the series of cards and such

    but im goin to run them on a pci express x16

    and my board will only run sli


    (ill post my new pc specs when its complete)
  2. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 2,278

    Before you go choosing a video card, how big is your monitor, what do you mainly use your computer for and what is your power supply? 8600GTs aren't all that impressive in SLI mode, I've owned two of them myself. If you are looking for better performance in games, I would go with a single 9800GT. They are not that expensive and will be better than the two 8600GTs in SLI. Plus, you can always add another one later if you really wanted to run two video cards in your system.
  3. tastegw

    tastegw TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 246

  4. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,316   +116

    First yeah, we want your budget, power supply, monitor, motherboard (If you know), and what you plan on doing with your computer. Its also nice if you tell us anything else you know about your computer.

    I would suggest staying away from any Nvidia card under 8800 as they all suck...Also, video memory isn't everything, in fact, its basicly useless for anything under high resolutions, something you shouldn't be doing with any of those cards.

    At this moment with limited knowlege, i can suggest these two cards (the are the same however one takes up more room):

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130360

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130393
  5. omegafate

    omegafate Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 117

  6. tastegw

    tastegw TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 246

  7. omegafate

    omegafate Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 117

    thanx for the help

    my psu handled OCing my athlon x2 6000+

    from 3.0 ghz to 3.2 ghz

    including the ram (old mobo was vague on the OC specs)
  8. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,316   +116

    Overclocking a CPU is relatively small compared to a new graphics card.
    If you can, please provide us with information on you power supply. If you don't know, you can look on the power supply and it will tell you. I would probably say that your computer can't handle a more powerful graphics card as your currently running a 7300gt.

    I would recommend the corsair 400W power supply:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139008
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