8800GTS or 7900GTX?

I want to upgrade my video card and was wondering if I should get the 8800GTS or 7900GTX. Right now I have a 7600GT


here is my system

XP Pro
Thermaltake W0101RU ATX 12V 2.0 Version 550W Power Supply
AMD X2 4200+ Dual Core CPU
ASUS A8N-SLI Premium
2 GB OCZ Ram
EVGA Geforce 7800 GTX 256 MB
Sound Blaster Audigy 4
Plextor DVDR PX-716A
Maxtor 6L300SO 300GB SATA
Western Digital WD3200KS-00PFB0 320GB SATA 3.0
Viewsonic VX922 19" LCD Monitor
Bose 2.1 Speakers
Thermaltake Armor Series VA8000BWS Black Aluminum/Steel ATX Case
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  1. Well, based on the benchmarks, 8800s wipe the floor with basically everything.

    8800GTS for sure.
  2. Defintely. Also consider buying a beefer powersupply to power that 8800GTS. By the way, in your sig, it says you have a 7800GTX, and you say you have a 7600GT now? Im confused :P
  3. I don't think the GTS will push a 550W PSU, but upgrading that to around 800+ would be the only economical option I see for that action. If you have $500, go for it!
  4. My EVGA 7800GTX fried and I bought a 7600GT to use until the 8800 was available
  5. would I need to upgrade or is the power supply I have good enough?
  6. I'd Upgrade.
  7. Yep, sell that 7800GTX and get the 8800GTS.
  8. I hope he still got the warranty on that card. I'm sure it's not one year old already.
  9. Quote:
    I don't think the GTS will push a 550W PSU, but upgrading that to around 800+ would be the only economical option I see for that action. If you have $500, go for it!


    Too many people recommending to buy 800W psu's for a single card its almost irritating, please note that any 500W psu from a decent brand make with 30A combined on the 12v rails will be able to easily handle a GTX or GTS, all this mumbo jumbo about 600-700W psu's is ridiculous
  10. I'd say 500-600 watts for the 8800.
  11. Quote:
    I don't think the GTS will push a 550W PSU, but upgrading that to around 800+ would be the only economical option I see for that action. If you have $500, go for it!


    Too many people recommending to buy 800W psu's for a single card its almost irritating, please note that any 500W psu from a decent brand make with 30A combined on the 12v rails will be able to easily handle a GTX or GTS, all this mumbo jumbo about 600-700W psu's is ridiculous

    Correct, and well said, a decent 430W unit will power it just fine. 500W for some cushion. Some of the benchies show the system total power draw, and not one of them is over 400 watts at load with the 8800 GTX, much less the GTS.

    My 8800 GTX will be here Tuesday, I will post my power loads at idle and at full load.

    My same e6600 system with the xtx never got over 280 watts with FEAR and all the eye candy turned on.

    BUT, as noted, a Quality 12v rail will be required, and GTX guys need the 2.2 PSU nits with the dual 6 pin connectors, or the old molex to 6 pin convert.

    I wish folks would not post WAGS without a little due diligence research..... Harmful and costly to folks who do not know better.
  12. Quote:
    Too many people recommending to buy 800W psu's for a single card its almost irritating, please note that any 500W psu from a decent brand make with 30A combined on the 12v rails will be able to easily handle a GTX or GTS, all this mumbo jumbo about 600-700W psu's is ridiculous


    I mostly agree. A 500W PSU can definitely handle a GTS, and probably a GTX (unless you're loading up on the hard drives, too.) However, if you're already buying a new PSU, I wouldn't recommend something that small. Getting a 700W or so gives you watts to spare in case of upgrades or future SLIing, and in the meantime it will have greater power efficiency.
  13. Hey yall you think the 8800GTS is $200 better than the GTX? I ordered the GTX for $299 after rebate at zipzoomfly don't make me regret it now. Knew the GTS was better but figured this deal was sweet and will upgrade to the next gen in a year or so.
  14. molo you'll be fine, just upgrade to the new ATI R600 when they come out and sell that 7900gtx for more than 300. Someone will buy it. But for this guy I would say go with a 500-600 watt with the 30A on 12v rail. What others have all said. But the gts is the way to go in my opinion.
  15. I would have gone with the 8800GTS or the X1950XT. It's $269 no rebates and should trade blows but overall be >= the 7900GTX.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814102067
  16. 8800Gts is better for sure
    But
    1)if you want to rig an SLI (2*8800GTS) system your motherboard will become a bottleneck
    I suggest you to get Nforce 4 SLI*16 or 590 at least.
  17. Nforce4? Try the 680i boards buddy.
  18. I am going to wait until more direct X 10 cards come out to upgrade my card so for now I just got a new 23" samsung LCD HDTV for my room
  19. How can you tell how many watts your psu is currently using?

    I have a Hiper Type-R 580watt, with an oc'ed E6600, X1900XT and a water cooling loop.

    I want to see my "upgradability" options.
  20. Quote:
    I don't think the GTS will push a 550W PSU, but upgrading that to around 800+ would be the only economical option I see for that action. If you have $500, go for it!


    Too many people recommending to buy 800W psu's for a single card its almost irritating, please note that any 500W psu from a decent brand make with 30A combined on the 12v rails will be able to easily handle a GTX or GTS, all this mumbo jumbo about 600-700W psu's is ridiculous

    An ACBell 400w psu runs the 8800GTS fine with an E6600 ;)
  21. Or so i heard somewhere the a standard Dell psu rated, or under rated, at 375W ran an 8800GTX with C2D.
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