PCI Express Graphics Cards

  RobCharles1981 14:31 08 Apr 06
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I will eventauly upgrade my computer at some point too PCI Express I'm working out what a good graphics card will be I'm looking on click here I'm going with Nvidia cards can anyone suggest ??

  keef66 21:45 08 Apr 06

If you have £200 to spend the 7900gt is faster and cooler than the 7800gt. Best bang for your buck at the moment.

Keef

  citadel 22:07 08 Apr 06

If you get a sli motherboard make sure it is one of the new ones where both slots run at 16x in sli mode.

  RobCharles1981 22:12 08 Apr 06

for a mobo probably going for the ATI Cross Fire Board looks good as far as I know

  keef66 11:50 11 Apr 06

If you're getting an ATI crossfire board you should be looking at ATI graphics cards, not Nvidia.

  RobCharles1981 12:03 11 Apr 06

Ive got the N Force 3 Mobo so might as well change it too that one then

  RobCharles1981 12:05 11 Apr 06

What is the difference in:

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and

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  RobCharles1981 14:20 11 Apr 06

what Mobo should I go for should I go for the N Force 4 or the sli ??

  keef66 17:10 11 Apr 06

Those 2 graphics cards are the same specification, just from different manufacturers, and I imagine the performance would be virtually identical. The 7900gt is the best £200 bargain in the graphics card world at the moment.

For clarification:

SLI is Nvidia's name for their system that allows you to use two graphics cards in parallel on one mobo.
Crossfire is ATI's name for their 2 card system.
The two are not interchangeable and work differently.
If you're building a system to take 2 graphics cards now or in future, before you start you need to decide whether to go with Nvidia or ATI.

So if you choose Nvidia you need an SLI mobo and 2 Nvidia cards, and if you go the ATI route you need a crossfire mobo and 2 ATI cards.

I personally would be more than happy with a simpler PCI-express mobo and a single 7900gt card.
If you asked me to choose between the 2 card systems, my preference would be for Nvidia / sli based on what I have read so far.

  keef66 17:15 11 Apr 06

Forget the Nforce4 bit, that's just the chipset on the mobo.

  RobCharles1981 17:19 11 Apr 06

But having read on the lowestonweb site, If I brought that mobo (sli) I wouldnt need too buy too graphics cards it states that I can just get away with just one graphics card

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