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October 20, 2006 3:00:38 AM

I am planning on upgrading the graphics of my current system by doing SLI since I have one 7800GT already, I was wondering if you guys think it would be worth it since I am only running 1280x1024 at the most in any of my games. I was going to do SLI, but the release of the new 7900GTO (that can be overclocked to GTX speeds and only at about $260 shipped) I was thinking I might get that if it isn't worth it to go sli with 7800GTs.

My question is should I go SLI with the 7800GTs now OR sell my 7800GT now, buy a 7900GTO and wait a month or so until I go SLI with the 7900GTOs.

PLEASE give me any advice or suggestions on this subject. All help is appreciated. Thanks.

Sincerely,

decripple

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October 23, 2006 7:21:51 AM

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help anyone? Please?
October 23, 2006 2:50:27 PM

If you;re happy with 1280x1024, I wouldn't bother upgrading yet.

Hold on for the new cards coming in the future when your 7800 no longer plays the newest titles at that resolution...
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October 23, 2006 2:53:49 PM

I think your 7800GT should be fine for you since you are not playing at very high resolution. Crossfire and SLI is a waste in my opinion since performance will not double. Dual GPU performance depends on the game and can be anywhere from 0% - 40% performance increase.

Then again I'm not a die-hard gamer. In fact I'm probably doing my Radeon X1900XT 512MB a dis-service right now 'cause I felt a little nostalgic over the weekend and started to play Fallout 2 again.
October 23, 2006 3:25:34 PM

whats the system specs?

if you have 512mb or 1gb ram perhaps consider getting more (though its expensive at the moment)
etc etc etc 8)
October 24, 2006 5:40:26 AM

I have an Opteron 165
2GB Corsair XMS DDR400
ASUS A8N-SLI
eVGA 7800GT (P/N: eVGA 256-P2-N516-AX) running @ stock settings

want to O/C opty, but kind of wary even though I have a Zalman CNPS7000B-Cu on there and it hasn't even reached 30C according to my temp display.

The reason I want to upgrade is that in Day of Defeat: Source, I keep hitting these troughs where my fps gets cut into fragments from like 50+ always then bam it's at 16 for a second. This is why I wnat to upgrade. Someone told me I might O/C my cpu and that would help, but I'm trying to avoid that If possible.

Please help me with any information you have.

Thanks

decripple
October 24, 2006 6:14:57 AM

I don't play that game, but have no fear for the OC.

I doubt that it would help with yer problem, but don't be afraid to test it. Bump it up to 225, or start with 210, shouldn't have to mess with voltage or anything, mine's fine at 250 with stock.
October 24, 2006 6:58:55 AM

Listen to what everyone is telling you. SLI/Crossfire is a big, fat waste of money. At least money/performance wise. And if you´re concerned about costs then selling your 7800 GT is an absolute must. If you sell now you´ll get a good heap more than if you sell it once the G80 is out. I´ve seen people selling their 7800 GT on ebay. It changes hands for a about 10-20% more than a 7900GS (which is the faster card by the way). So sell it and wait for G80 or buy one of the fastest cards you can get right now. A X1900XT 256 or a highend 7900 series. Check the Video charts to compare the performance gain compared to your old 7800 GT to see what´s worth it and what not.

Personally, i´d keep it, sell it once the G80 is at a reasonable price and then get that or the ATI counterpart. The 7800 GT should do fine for a few months.
October 24, 2006 8:39:48 AM

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I am planning on upgrading the graphics of my current system by doing SLI since I have one 7800GT already, I was wondering if you guys think it would be worth it since I am only running 1280x1024 at the most in any of my games. I was going to do SLI, but the release of the new 7900GTO (that can be overclocked to GTX speeds and only at about $260 shipped) I was thinking I might get that if it isn't worth it to go sli with 7800GTs.

My question is should I go SLI with the 7800GTs now OR sell my 7800GT now, buy a 7900GTO and wait a month or so until I go SLI with the 7900GTOs.

PLEASE give me any advice or suggestions on this subject. All help is appreciated. Thanks.

Sincerely,

decripple


I might sell you my 7800GT for a decent price if you're interested. :-) If you can find a cheap SLI board, a cheap twin for your card, and have the necessary PSU already to power the contraption then I say go for it. Weigh the cost of need and actual price vs the cost of higher end cards. Keep in mind that tech changes fast, and the DX10 cards are around the corner.
October 24, 2006 8:48:19 AM

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Do not waiste your money on SLI at any point. that 7800GT should be doing just fine on most games at that resolution. So i don't see why you want to upgrade it. Besides the new 8800GTX and 8800GT will be out in a couple of months. NO need to spend money on a new card till they are out.

You don't want to do SLI. It's not worth the price of 2 cards when you can wait a month or 2 for the next great video card to be released. SLI is only needed if you plan to play in resolutions greater then 1600x1200 with full graphics. But if you feel you must have better graphics now then get a 7950 GX2.


A 7950GX2 is not a good option unless you run at very high res. I can actually run Oblivion with everything turned on at 1680X1050, at terrible frame rates using only an eVga 7800GT CO. Your current card should be sufficient for now, 16fps is horrible though. I'd check everything else too, make sure you have enough ram and that it's running at speed. Popping in a new chip or OCing might help you too. The 7800GT is a pretty powerful GPU, despite what anyone says. If your game is running at 60fps normally and taking a huge hit, it could be your comp is jumping over to page file. :-\
October 24, 2006 9:19:49 AM

Don't bother. Save up for G80!
October 24, 2006 11:21:25 AM

I'd look at Tom's vga charts and find the card you NEED to play the games you want to play now. If you can find a card on EBay for a cheap buy it now price go for it. Otherwise I'm with the bear.
October 24, 2006 11:33:44 PM

The problem is that I already have an SLI mobo and 2GB of ram So I would really like to get an nvidia video card so I could go SLI in the future if I ever get dual monitors or something.

I guess the new question should be "Should I OC my CPU or not?" OR Should I wait till november so I can great price drops on 7900GTOs or 7900GTXs or should I get a 8800? I would much rather have the cheaper, single card solution that I could upgrade from in the future.

Also, what kind of performance increase could I expect if I overclocked my 7800gt moderately (like 15% OC on core 10% on mem)?

Thanks

decripple
October 24, 2006 11:40:49 PM

You don't need dual monitors for SLI. Your best bet is to wait. Your 7800GT should run things just fine. The dip in frames is tremendous and questionable. Maybe your card ran out of ram, in which case SLI should help, maybe even just a 512mb card. Either way, if you want to buy a 7800GT card for under $200, let me know. :-) I may have two you can buy.
October 27, 2006 11:53:03 AM

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Should I wait till november so I can great price drops on 7900GTOs or 7900GTXs or should I get a 8800?


there will be little drop in price for the 7900gtos and 790gtxs as they are alredy pretty cheap :( 

I wouldn't bother buying a 8800, at least not now, its a first (DX10) generation card and therefore might be:

suceeded by a faster/cheaper card that will beat it in a couple of months.
we dont know when DX10 games will be out/ when a game that you want will actually make use of the 8800s DX10 capabilities... Thus meaning that the 8800 will just be almost the same as a card out right now (eg. a 1950xtx) but you have to pay top dollar for it just because it has DX10 capabilites.

in short, don't bother, as long as i'm right that you dont want to waste your money... :D 
October 27, 2006 2:25:23 PM

G80 is out in less than 2 weeks, dont buy any nVidia cards until then, as there is a good chance that even if you cant afford an 8800 the 7900s will drop in price.
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