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Physics accelerator now or wait. Please help.

Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by wheelstb, May 1, 2007.

  1. wheelstb

    wheelstb Regular member

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    I'm building a new gaming PC and I was wondering if I should go with a physics accelerator now or wait? Is there an advantage to wait until they've been out for a little longer and they've been tweaked a little more?

    Please let me know what you think.

    Here are the rest of the components I'm going with.

    Processor - Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775
    <http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115003>

    motherboard Intel BOXD975XBX2KR LGA 775 Intel 975X ATX Intel
    <http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813121059>

    hard drives 2 Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording) ST3250820AS 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
    <http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148142>

    graphics card EVGA 320-P2-N811-AR GeForce 8800GTS 320MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP
    <http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130082>

    Memory 2 gb G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel <http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231114>

    2 lliteon dvd burners http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106073
     
  2. rubixcube

    rubixcube Regular member

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    honestly, with a CPU like that (which can be greatly overclocked might I add) I think that a PPU is a bit of a waste of time. From what I've heard all it does it takes load off the CPU, but why would you need to do that when you have a CPU with dual core and 2x4MB cache.
     
  3. Auslander

    Auslander Senior member

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    i saw physics in the title and thought i could help. oh well. good luck.
     
  4. marsey99

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    the ppu.

    it is a great idea that is doomed to fail, mostly due to timing. if it had come out with the first few dx9 cards it might of had enough time to flourish given so support from the games makers. as it is now with super poweriful gpus and quad core cpus its just too late in the game.

    i have seen some stills of what it can add to games that support it and it does add some real nice eye candy to the on screen particle effects (explosions/debris) but there isn't any games that need it and to be honest i think it is less than a dozen that even support it at all.

    just my opinion.

    i would take the cash from the ppu and spend it on a 640mb 88gts as i belive the extra ram will be needed on the dx10 games in the future.

    edit

    looking at the rest of your list i would look for some 16mb cache hard disks as they perform better than the 8mb versions.
     
    Last edited: May 1, 2007
  5. AXT

    AXT Guest

    Don't waste money of a physics card. The list of games that support physics card is very short.
     
  6. sammorris

    sammorris Senior member

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    Don't bother, it really isn't worth it.
     

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