waldojim, on 22 January 2012 - 09:28 AM, said:
anthonydagostino, on 22 January 2012 - 09:17 AM, said:
Well thanks for the added info, I am new to this forum, but have been on overclockers, and several others for some time. I read about the SLI needing matched cards years ago, and if that has changed, that is new to me. I know you can have different brands, but they have to be the same series....i.e. 480, 260, or going back 8800's. You would have to buy two 8800's, brand not important, to run them in SLI. Is this not true?
Just a bit of trivia here, if you go back far enough, the cards all had to be the same brand and rock the same bios. As I recall, this was the issue with the early 6xxx series, and 7xxx series. This caused quite a stir as even the 'original' SLI cards didn't have this requirement: IE the Voodoo 2 1000's. But yes, you are correct.
As for the 550, I was not talking about the GTX version, the one's I bought were ASUS 550ti-cu models, not a g anywhere in the name. They are making things very confusing these days, and impossible to understand with all the model numbers, prefixes and suffixes. You have to do a lot of research to know exactly what you are getting. The info on the 550ti came from tom's hardware I believe....but I might be mistaken on that.
The 550-Ti is part of the GTX lineup. The 540 and lower are all GT (This is from memory, please don't kill me
). Nvidia uses the GT/GTX as a generic way of saying that the GT is for non-enthusiasts, and GTX is.
Thanks for the compliment, I have been wanting to build this for a long time. I would of loved to have gone with the "k" processor, but could not justify it, since I don't plan to overclock, and really see no need. Also, would have preferred a board with 6 or even 8 memory slots, but again, more overkill. 16gig of ram is plenty, since I do run 64bit, and a lot of 64bit programs, it does help. I just hope they start making more 64bit games, but being in the Philippines, games are impossible to find, that are not counterfeit, and most of those contain viruses. So the ups and downs of living in the Philippines are many, but the ups win, over and over again.
PS, I wanted to use my military call sign for my user ID, but the system won't allow me to change it. I tried signing up using my call sign, and could not get past the register screen. So I finally used my gmail account to sign up/in. Can you see if stalker6recon is an active account? That would be mine, and I only created it today, I would like to merge or delete it, so I can change my user name to stalker6recon on this profile. Thanks in advance, Anthony.
As for the games, have you tried buying off Steam? I am not sure if Steam is licensing games to the Philippines or not, but they do often run specials, and I end up buying MANY games. Even games I never bother to play.
Now see that IS EXACTLY what these forums are for........good information, sharing it, just because you can. Thanks bro, appreciate that big time. I have real versions of Half-Life, orange box, that I can't wait to install, I know that is an older game, but should look great on this system. I also have a real COD4, which should look fine as well. The Crisis I have, is from the Philippines, and it is the last game I played on my EVGA 680i before it went belly up. And it may have been that game that killed it, not so sure.
I used to have two 7900GS in the EVGA, then went to one 9600GT, and what a difference that made, until system failure, the GREAT BIG BLUE SCREEN OF NEVER WORKING AGAIN DEATH........I am still waiting on the second card from the states, and when I have everything I want (extra fans, more front bays), I will pull everything out, and rebuild it to my exacting details. I used to install networks, and pipe in thousands of network cables, so I don't like messy cables in my case. Once it is verified that everything is 100% go, then I rebuild very clean. The system runs great now, with only one card, but I need all new SATA cables with 6GB transfer rates, not that I will ever see those speeds using platters, but I still want the fastest rates possible.
The HAF-X is so good at hiding cables, but the Cougar PSU has such nice looking wraps, that I would rather pipe them, than hide them behind the mobo. Maybe I am just old school, piping is much more fun than hiding wires behind grommets and trap doors.
I love steam, in the past, with the new system of calling home, and mandated updates, in the gigbytes by now for OrangeBox, I don't look forward to buying anything else from them, again, with our internet connection being so slow, but if that is what I have to do, then I will. I don't need viruses messing up years of music and movie collecting. Even though I keep them separate from the program drives, and on portable drives, I just don't want to risk it.