I'm looking at a XFX 7900GT. I want to buy one right now, but then another later for SLI. Is this a good card for $299 or is there a better one for near the same price? Is ther an XFX 7900GT XXX version? where can i find that. Its the one in this review http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1697,1947826,00.a... It goes for $315 and I would rather get that but I dont know where to find it.
You should not pay more than $219 for the XFX 7900 GT, models UDF7, UCF7, UCE7, or UDFR. I recently bought two (2) of the UDF7s for $219 each.
Additionally, they are now both overclocked to 562 MHz core and 1604 memory (from the 470 and 1370 in box, respectively).
Check out the core speeds before you buy. Any 7900GT with 450 - 470 MHz should cost around $240 or less; 470-550 MHz around $290 or less.
You can investigate the eVGA 7900GTO also, but be aware that these are cores from the reject cards from April/May time when eVGA had hundreds of RMA'd 7900GT and 7900GTX cards because of bad Samsung memory. They've put these cores onto boards with Infineon memory now and are marketing them as the limited-edition 7900GTO.
The reason I like the 7900GT at this time is because you can get them for as little as $220 now, and in six months to go SLI you should be able to get the second card for $170 or less.
With the current market being what it is (and will be at almost any given time), I have to advise against buying now with plans to buy later for SLI. The DX10 cards are coming out later this year. You will spend a whole lot of money on cards that will be obsolete. I agree with prozac26. I recommend buying one X1900XT, and saving your SLI money until the DX10 cards come out. SLI is only good if you can buy both cards at the same time and game at a resolution over 1600x1080. It is almost always better to buy a new card every six months than to buy SLI every year. You'll spend the same money, and be more current technologically. Just my $.02
I'm planing on building a new computer because ive had mine for 5 years or so. I have a 17" LCD screen. I want to get a card that will be good for a a while and that i can posibly get SLI to boost it. What is a Good card I can get for around $300? I think I want to spend $350 at the most for 1.