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Max graphics on $2-300 CAN to upgrade 3 year old rig


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#1 BroadSide

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 02:17 PM

Hi,

This is my first post here so please forgive any forum faux pas I may commit. I posted this at Tom's Hardware over a week ago, but so far no takers over there. Fingers crossed.

I have a computer I built 3 years ago with the following specs:

MOBO - ASUS P5N32-E SLI ACPI BIOS Revision 1503
CPU - intel Q6600
GPU - PNY gtx 8800
RAM - 4gb corsair xms2 4,4,4,13 @ 1.8V
HD1 - WD Raptor 150 GB @ 10000rpm
HD2 - Seagate Barracuda 500 GB @ 7500rpm
PSU - 750W coolermaster real power
Audio - Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer
CASE - CoolermasterCosmos

3 years ago I was well chuffed with this little beastie. It could almost play Crysis at High settings without too many strobe light dance scenes. However, 3 years have passed and I'm about to start a computer animation course in September, a situation in which I need maximal graphics power for minimal cash. Right now, I am able to run Maya 8.5 and do basic modelling and animation, but I need to try and inject some steroids into this system if at all possible.

Realistically, I have a budget of about $2-300 CAN.

My rig is all at stock speeds right now. I do have a Zalman cooler (still in box) for The CPU which would probably allow me to OC to somewhere just north of 3 G/Hz. I also have access to a 64 bit OS which would allow me to increase my RAM (currently @ 4GB).

My thoughts to date were to OC the CPU as I intended all those years ago and to upgrade the GPU. Should I purchase another GTX8800 and sli them or just purchase an entirely new GPU like the GTX460?

Any and all thoughts and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers

Tom

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 02:51 PM

8800GTX in SLI would be slower than a single GTX 460. I would suggest getting the GTX 460. :thumbsup:

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Posted 08 August 2010 - 11:29 AM

Thanks for the reply.

You can pick up a gtx8800 for under $100 now. Would x2 gtx 8800 and 8GB of RAM outperform a single GTX460 and 4gb of the same RAM?

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Posted 08 August 2010 - 11:32 AM

No, plus you'd be stuck using DX9 technology when the standard is DX11. That 8800GTX is several generations of technology behind.

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Posted 08 August 2010 - 02:25 PM

Yeah, DX9 vs DX11 is a bit of a difference. There wasn't much reason to invest in Dx10 but DX11 has a lot more to offer and the thought of being 2 generations behind is a little too much.
I'm going to install Win 7 64 bit, OC the cpu and get a gtx460.

Cheers




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