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MSI K9N4 SLI-F / Vid Card question

I'm getting a MSI K9N4 SLI-F mobo and I have all the hardware except the graphics card. I have a few Q's if I may: - will ganing performance be better using a Geforce 8800GTS SLI ready PCI-E x16 card or using two SLI cards together but of earlier release such as the 7600GT? - I can't find any reviews of the MSI K9N4 SLI-F mobo, would you know which SLI graphics cards (both DX9 & DX10) have been proven to be compatible with this mobo? - I've read alot about the on-board audio chip installed on mobos these days. Are they really as good as the write-ups say or is a sound card still needed (I'm a musician and record using Audio Studio 7 @ 44KHz)? here's the hardware list: - MSI K9N4 SLI-F - AMD Athlon 64 X2 Windsor 4200+ 65W AM2 CPU - Kingston 1GB 800MHz DDR2 Non-ECC CL5 (KVR800D2N5/1G) - Western Digital WD400BD SATA 3.0 HD - 400W power supply - SB Audigy Platinum Sound Card - Windows XP Pro THANKS for any help you can offer Gary

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  • woowoo Sep 21, 2007

    the first Q should have read, "will gaming performance ..."



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Hi, for the best graphics always go for dual graphic cards. This is the best way to obtain realistic 3D effects. The onboard audio chips is every bit as good as stated, MSI systems are equal to the best but at a lower price. The only change I can see that you need to make is to install a better power supply. A minimum 500w is needed with your system and if your budget allows then anthing up to 600w. Have fun with your games. Regards mistyman

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