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7800GTX SLI to 8800GTX

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August 28, 2007 1:33:00 PM

Like topic says I'm curious about going from 7800GTX SLI to a single 8800GTX and I'm wondering if it's even worth it with my current setup:

P4 820D
1GB 667
NForce4 Intel16 SLI board
74GB Raptor
SB Audigy 2 Zs (?)
7800GTX in SLI

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August 28, 2007 2:04:14 PM

do u have any problem in your gaming that u want to upgrade ? also P4 820 will bottelneck it ,
August 28, 2007 2:21:09 PM

I would wait for the dx10.1 cards in a few months, I have a 7800gtx non-sli. I think you will get bottlenecks with any platforms currenty and the 9800GTX will be worse of a bottle neck. On a side note I am still trying to play through all DX9 games.
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August 28, 2007 2:28:15 PM

Wait until the winter when the new generation from nvidia will come out.
August 28, 2007 2:51:31 PM

cristip60 said:
Wait until the winter when the new generation from nvidia will come out.


Agreed.
August 28, 2007 3:51:35 PM

The 820 is not a very good cpu, might want to check some benchmarks as it might be bottlenecking your current rig. I ran some independent benchmarks and the 820 was consistently slaughtered by my X2 3800 across the board....
August 28, 2007 5:52:43 PM

I agree with what is posted above, you may wan't to/should buy another gig of ram aswell.
August 29, 2007 12:23:04 AM

I'm not usually an advocate of the waiting game but dual 7800gtx's are fast enough for any games that are worth playing (i.e. not STALKER, the reason I bought my 8800gts :(  ). I would hold off until we at least know what the g92/g90/whatever else The Inquirer has called it before you pull the trigger.

Having said that, the 8800s are great cards and if you feel the need to upgrade right now I would get an 8800gtx from eVGA. At least then you can step up if the 9 series does arrive on time.

edit: And I agree with the above posts, upgrade your CPU before your GPUs. A cheap and easily OC'd Core2 will dominate any old Pentium 4.
August 29, 2007 5:39:48 PM

homerdog said:
I'm not usually an advocate of the waiting game but dual 7800gtx's are fast enough for any games that are worth playing (i.e. not STALKER, the reason I bought my 8800gts :(  ). I would hold off until we at least know what the g92/g90/whatever else The Inquirer has called it before you pull the trigger.

Having said that, the 8800s are great cards and if you feel the need to upgrade right now I would get an 8800gtx from eVGA. At least then you can step up if the 9 series does arrive on time.

edit: And I agree with the above posts, upgrade your CPU before your GPUs. A cheap and easily OC'd Core2 will dominate any old Pentium 4.


I think we have a winner here! Homer, you've got everything right IMO.

Anosh: your biggest problem is that Pentium D. Even if you get a cheap E4300 or E4400 you would see performance increases. Do that first, see how you like your system and then upgrade your 7800's if you still feel the need.

PD 820 V E4300: http://www23.tomshardware.com/cpu_2007.html?modelx=33&model1=899&model2=882&chart=425
August 29, 2007 6:29:54 PM

That's 'bout the most bottlenecked system I've seen. If he bought those video cards when they were new, that means the OP is rolling with a $1200 video setup... with 1 GB of RAM and what was essentially a budget processor from the day it was released.

*shakes head in disbelief*
August 29, 2007 6:58:18 PM

That is super crazy. This might be the weirdest setup I have ever seen.
August 29, 2007 7:05:03 PM

I agree with all above posts. To lay it out plainly:

1. Upgrade your CPU to a cheaper Core 2 Duo, and overclock. You are probably bottlenecked now with the 7800s SLI, and would definitly be bottlenecked with a 8800gtx. Even with an e4300 at stock, you will see a significant improvement.

2. Sell your 7800 gtx's. With some luck you'll should be able to get $300 for the pair now. That should buy an e4300 and 1MB more of 667 RAM with money to spare.

3. Get an eVGA 8800 gtx, then Step Up to 9800 in November. However, I would hold off buying it for a few weeks since you're cutting it close with the 90 day limit. I bought 2 7900 GTOs in August '06 for example, and literally had one day left to Step Up when the 8800s were listed as available in November '06.
August 29, 2007 7:34:10 PM

Wait for a whole new system, go Quad when Phenom is out to see if it is better than Intel's Quad of the time, newer DX10 cards as the 8800's just won't cut it as they are first-gen, and wait for the Vista 64 SP1 comes out Q1 '08. Get 2x2GB ram in dual channel to keep your path open for 4x2GB. Any comp built right now will be dissappointing for DX10. Buy yourself a Wii to fiddle with for now even. This is just a bad time to need a complete new system, tough decision. Disregard this if you have the cash and just want to play. Oh, and your system is fine for games coming out until then I'm guessing. Especially since you have a SLI system LOL!
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