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Old 12-13-2008, 05:42 AM   #1
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Default debating running SLI

i have an SLI ready ASUS MB and a Nvidia 7600 GT video card, both ready for SLI.

i often run 2 games at once, and it lags a little.
also, i cant run them both full screen, one window has to be made slightly smaller to not freeze up.

is SLI a good solution?
what about RAM? i currently have 2GB. i was also debating upgrading that to 4GB.

is SLI/RAM the fix, or is my processor the problem? (1.9 intel core 2 duo)

thanks in advance.
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Old 12-13-2008, 06:08 AM   #2
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With a 7600GT, I don't think it's going to be worth it, you'd be better off selling it, and buying a better single card if you want to upgrade. Even something like a 9600GT would destroy 7600GT SLi.
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Old 12-13-2008, 07:13 AM   #3
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Newegg has a MSI 8800GTS for 99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127328
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Old 12-13-2008, 01:30 PM   #4
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9600GT's still perform better and you can find them for cheaper than the 8800GTS 320MB.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127333
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Old 12-13-2008, 04:11 PM   #5
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Can i put PCI Express 2.0 x16 video card in PCI Express x16 slot? in other words, is there any difference?
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Can i put PCI Express 2.0 x16 video card in PCI Express x16 slot? in other words, is there any difference?
Yes, you basically get half the speed. The 2.0 cards are backwards compatible. You just won't get the speed you would with a 2.0 slot.
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Old 12-13-2008, 04:22 PM   #7
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so should i look for a PCI Express x16 card instead of a 2.0?
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Old 12-13-2008, 04:24 PM   #8
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No reason to look for a PCIe x16 card. You wont see any performance hit using a PCIe 2.0 card in a x16 slot.
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i mean for the money or whatever...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127333
is lookin good, but is it worth it without the 2.0 slot?
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Yup. That would be fine.

The performance difference between a PCIe 1.(x) x16 slot and a PCIe 2.0 slot is negligible. Now, if you were running an x8 slot, then you would not see the full potential of a v2.0 card.
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