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A second 8800GTS 320MB OC or wait for better cards?

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What should I do?

Total: 22 votes (8 blank votes)

  • Buy a second 8800GTS 320MB OC2 (to run in SLI)
  • 8 %
  • Buy one 8800GTX OC2
  • 8 %
  • Wait for better DX10 cards
  • 86 %
August 20, 2007 6:01:16 PM

I need a little help.

I have one 8800GTS 320MB, which struggles at 1680 x 1050 in some games.

I don't know what to do about it though.
August 20, 2007 6:14:30 PM

IMO turn down some settings on games that struggle and wait for the next line of cards.

You can also consider turniong down the res on a game that doesn't perform as well as you'd like it to.
August 20, 2007 6:15:58 PM

But I just spent ~£2000 on a computer that I wanted to rip any game apart.

slightly disappointed that I didn't spend the extra £20 for the 640MB version now.
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August 20, 2007 6:19:01 PM

Well - from everything I've read SLI isn't the answer for the 320.
August 20, 2007 6:38:31 PM

you spent £2000 on a computer and got a 8800 320mb card?!??!?!!

a c 272 U Graphics card
August 20, 2007 6:59:28 PM

[:mousemonkey:2] Well I'd like to know if throwing another one in makes a difference.
a c 169 U Graphics card
August 20, 2007 7:01:09 PM

8800GTX or u may want to wait
August 20, 2007 7:07:47 PM

nawfal said:
you spent £2000 on a computer and got a 8800 320mb card?!??!?!!
That's what I was thinking; with a budget that high he should have been able to easily get an 8800GTX.
August 20, 2007 7:09:59 PM

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Originally I was going to buy a 7900 or something, because I thought DX10 cards were a waste of money at the moment.

But I got tempted by the 8800 series a day or two before I ordered my stuff.

Prices (For those interested):
Q6600 £350
GeForce 8800GTS £210
Corsair 4GB £187
Enermax Galaxy 1000W £200
Antec 900 Case £70
Western digital raptor x 2 £300
22" Monitor £211
Creative X-Fi 7.1 sound card £50
2 x DVD-RW £17
Intel Bad Axe 2 Mobo £150
Windows Vista Ultimate £110
Microsoft Office £100

£1974
+ some stuff I bought but didn't use (RAM cooler, CPU cooler (Stock was enough), a SSCI Hard drive)
a c 272 U Graphics card
August 20, 2007 7:13:19 PM

Lazyvulture said:
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Originally I was going to buy a 7900 or something, because I thought DX10 cards were a waste of money at the moment.

But I got tempted by the 8800 series a day or two before I ordered my stuff.

Another hardware lemming, leaping off the cliffs of uncertainty. :lol: 
August 20, 2007 7:17:20 PM

Don't get a second GTS, sell your current card, add the money you were going to pay for another GTS, and get a GTX/Ultra, or wait for G92.
August 20, 2007 7:17:26 PM

I did my research and, according to Tom's Hardware, there wasn't much difference between the 320 and 640.
August 20, 2007 7:18:26 PM

vonwombat said:
Don't get a second GTS, sell your current card, add the money you were going to pay for another GTS, and get a GTX/Ultra, or wait for G92.


Very nice idea.

How much you reckon a 8800GTS 320MB OC2 would be worth with a month of use?
August 20, 2007 7:21:09 PM

Lazyvulture said:
I did my research and, according to Tom's Hardware, there wasn't much difference between the 320 and 640.

The difference should come with higher resolutions, but I don't think you'll see a great FPS boost. It will probably be less swapping with the 640 one, but with roughly the same FPS.
About the price, I have no idea. I plan to sell my GTS too to upgrade to a G92, but I'll do that in november/december, so I probably won't be getting a lot. :( 


August 20, 2007 7:51:55 PM

Lazyvulture said:
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Originally I was going to buy a 7900 or something, because I thought DX10 cards were a waste of money at the moment.

But I got tempted by the 8800 series a day or two before I ordered my stuff.

Prices (For those interested):
Q6600 £350
GeForce 8800GTS £210
Corsair 4GB £187
Enermax Galaxy 1000W £200
Antec 900 Case £70
Western digital raptor x 2 £300
22" Monitor £211
Creative X-Fi 7.1 sound card £50
2 x DVD-RW £17
Intel Bad Axe 2 Mobo £150
Windows Vista Ultimate £110
Microsoft Office £100

£1974
+ some stuff I bought but didn't use (RAM cooler, CPU cooler (Stock was enough), a SSCI Hard drive)

man, its the hardrives that cost you the gtx
a c 143 U Graphics card
August 20, 2007 7:59:55 PM

I voted to wait for better DX10 cards. The 8800 GTX OC2 is a fantastic card, I have it and I love it, but if you already have an 8800 GTS OC2 it's not going to be a major jump worth £400 or whatever it costs in the UK. Another reason to wait is that new cards should be released in a couple of months, and they should be faster/quieter/less power consuming than the 8800 series.
a c 143 U Graphics card
August 20, 2007 8:01:07 PM

spuddyt said:
man, its the hardrives that cost you the gtx


Too bad he didn't ask before buying, I'm sure somebody would have told him :cry: 
August 20, 2007 8:01:50 PM

aevm said:
I voted to wait for better DX10 cards. The 8800 GTX OC2 is a fantastic card, I have it and I love it, but if you already have an 8800 GTS OC2 it's not going to be a major jump worth £400 or whatever it costs in the UK. Another reason to wait is that new cards should be released in a couple of months, and they should be faster/quieter/less power consuming than the 8800 series.


Smaller?

My GTS just about fits in.
August 20, 2007 8:12:56 PM

sorry man but that is not a cost-effective build

you are much better off saving on the hdd, and the ram and psu and getting a gtx
sorry i know its too late, but just for future reference you should ask some of the guys here they know their ****
a c 143 U Graphics card
August 20, 2007 8:13:54 PM

Lazyvulture said:
Smaller?

My GTS just about fits in.


I hope so but don't expect it. Here's the thing: if they use 65 nm technology instead of 90 nm technology, each transistor uses (65/90)^2 less space, which is about 0.52. However, if they also use twice as many transistors, you end up with something a little bigger. Of course these are just very rough estimates, can't judge based on that. I'd just wait to see if the new cards are that good, let sites like Anandtech review them, then decide. At worst you'll have to spend $200 on a Thermaltake Armor or some other huge case, on top of the $700 or $900 for the card...
August 20, 2007 8:16:59 PM

nawfal said:
sorry man but that is not a cost-effective build

you are much better off saving on the hdd, and the ram and psu and getting a gtx
sorry i know its too late, but just for future reference you should ask some of the guys here they know their ****


HDD RAM and PSU are top of the line products.

With any luck, I won't need to upgrade them for a good while.

Also, I didn't start out with the intention of getting a GTX, I wanted to steer well clear of the 8 series cards, but things changed.
August 23, 2007 6:28:36 AM

Lazy, what games are struggling with the 8800gts? Do you have AA and AF maxed?


I just find it hard to believe that an 8800gts and a quadcore could struggle with any games right now.
August 23, 2007 7:23:26 AM

Lazyvulture said:
HDD RAM and PSU are top of the line products.

With any luck, I won't need to upgrade them for a good while.

Also, I didn't start out with the intention of getting a GTX, I wanted to steer well clear of the 8 series cards, but things changed.



Those are top of the line, but really. That PSU is $330 on Newegg. You could get a very decent one for about half that price. And for the hard drives, the Raptors are very nice for the speed, but two of them is almost a waste. If you really wanted more space, it would have been smarter to get the Raptor and then another, bigger 7200rpm drive. It would have saved a few dollars. The RAM, I don't really see as such a big deal. Eventually, 4 gigs will be needed. But you have to realize that by then, there may be new standards (DDR3). 2 gigs is pretty good though for now.

Still, you do have a very nice computer. It should be good with things for a long while. But still, you could have spent the money a little more wisely.

And don't forget, the videocard is the most important component to a gaming computer. I realize that you wanted to stay away from the 8800s, get a 7900 and get a G92 (I'm assuming) but using the same logic, you could get an 8800gtx and then when the get the card that comes after the G92. The 8800gtx should play games very well for a while.

Back to the main question, I would suggest just waiting and getting the G92, especially since the 8800gts is a very nice card.
August 23, 2007 8:14:11 AM

I just started to write you that you shod buy another one and SLI them but then I saw that you mentioned your rig and it says you have an INTEL BAD AXE 2 and that is exelent board with 975 chipset and non SLI board. (crossfire only) so you cant buy onother anyway. In that case buy a GTX. New board and a GTS is yust too much.
August 23, 2007 8:33:11 AM

Why don't you put those coolers in and do some overclocking and tweaking. You should be able to squeeze some more performance out of your rig and then you may find it acceptable to wait till the next generation of video cards, which should be out by the end of the year.
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