Throwback SLI

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OverachievingSnowfall
Jesse Wojcik
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Throwback SLI

I know this isn't the first SLI setup ever, and it certainly isn't the fastest, but it is noteworthy. This computer comes from a time when SLI was prohibitively expensive and impractical, much as it is nowadays. The 8800 GT disrupted the market because it offered 90% of the performance of an 8800 GTX at half the cost - leading many to the configuration you see here. Paired with a competent CPU, two 8800 GTs in SLI could, indeed, run Crysis, all for a fraction of the cost of a "GTX" powered system.

The build below is a collection of parts that I've been given over the years, along with some salvage components, and a couple key upgrades to make it more reliable. The CPU, Memory, Motherboard, and XFX Graphics card were all given to me by friends, the second card was left over from a Mac Pro upgrade, and the Case and PSU were salvage parts from old, unused systems. Obviously, the SSD and cooler were purchased recently to get the system up and running to replace my aging Xbox 360 as an HTPC. I'm glad the hardware is getting used!
Color(s): White
RGB Lighting? No
Theme: Retro
Cooling: Air Cooling
Size: ATX
Type: General Build

Hardware

CPU
Intel - Xeon X5450
Socket: LGA 771
Cores: 4
Motherboard
Memory
TeamGroup - 2X2GB 800 MHz Desktop Memory
Type: DDR2
Capacity: 4 GB
Memory
TeamGroup - 2X2GB 800 MHz Desktop Memory
Type: DDR2
Capacity: 4 GB
Graphics
NVIDIA - Geforce
Chip Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip: 8800
Graphics
$ 240.68
XFX - 8800 GT Alpha Dog Edition
Chip Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip: 8800 GT
Storage
$ 29.99
SanDisk - SSD Plus
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 120 GB
PSU
EVGA - SuperNOVA G2
Wattage: 1000
Form Factor: ATX
Efficiency: 80+ Gold
Case
Custom - Custom (custom)
Case Fan
$ 26.95
Cooling
$ 22.99
DeepCool - GAMMAXX 400 blue
Type: Air Cooler
Size (WxHxD): 135 mm
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