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August 19, 2007 9:21:06 AM

Hi guys

I have the following rig at present:-

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 cpu
Asus P5N32-E SLi motherboard
2Gb OCZ Special Ops PC2 900MHz RAM
160Gb Raptor hard drive
640Mb Gainward Bliss GeForce 8800GTS graphics card (single card)
OCZ 700W PSU
Antec 900 Ultimate Gamer case

Trying to decide whether an upgrade to 4Gb of RAM, or a second 8800GTS in SLi would make the most difference? A third option would be to sell the 8800GTS on eBay and put the cash toward a single GTX or Ultra.

What would you guys recommend?

Thanks

Graham
August 19, 2007 10:41:27 AM

Unless you have a 64-bit OS going 4GB of ram is a waste of cash since Windows will not see it (it's the limitations of a 32-bit OS). So i'd say stay with your current 2GB. As for the card, do you find that 640GB 8800GTS you currently have as insuffient? Those are great cards and dumping another $320 or so on another will just slighlty increase your FPS but such an investment is not worth the cash (i'm still one of those guys not truely sold on SLI). If you can wait, Nvidia is currently planning on bringing out the 9series cards between mid November to early December. Just have a feeling 3 months down the line your gonna be kicking yourself for going through all the trouble of selling your GTS, buying a GTX then drooling over the new 9series cards which will supposedly sport over one TeraFLOPS of shader processing power, DX10.1 (rumors saying current 8800 cards will not support this new DX10, waiting for Nvidia to confirm that), and DDR4 memory. This card WILL be released this year. Now they are rumors that a 8900 series card will hit the market but this is unconfirmed. With all these new Nvidia cards coming out that will most likely be around the same price range of that 8800GTX your looking to get i'd wait a bit bud and see what's what. Just one builder's opinion.
August 19, 2007 11:52:18 AM

If u want vista 64bit ,then go for 4GB

If u arent sattisfied with your 8800GTS ,then : 1_If u play @ very high resolution ,get another 8800gts ,

2_if u play @ resolutions like 1600x1200 and lower, then get 8800GTX or wait for next gen cards
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August 19, 2007 12:00:45 PM

Thanks guys, sound advice. I didn't know 4Gb of RAM was for 64bit O/S only.

I'm not dissatisfied with my GTS. The only reason I was thinking about upgrading at all was in preparation for games like Bioshock and eventually Crysis (which I realise ideally needs Vista anyway which is a bit of a shame). I'm just not sure how much of a pounding a GTS will take with new games like this.

I think I'll take your advice and stick with what I've got until the 9x cards come out and Vista is a bit better.

Cheers

Graham
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August 19, 2007 12:12:12 PM

GreyKnight said:
... games like Bioshock and eventually Crysis (which I realise ideally needs Vista anyway which is a bit of a shame). I'm just not sure how much of a pounding a GTS will take with new games like this.

I think I'll take your advice and stick with what I've got until the 9x cards come out and Vista is a bit better.
BioShock and Crysis Crysis (system requirements) will run (in DX9 mode) on WinXP.
You'll be glad you took that good advice. You'll have a much better idea on if/how you want to go about upgrading once the games are actually released.
August 19, 2007 2:05:38 PM

Save your money for now, buy one of the quad core 45nm cpu's when they come out. Eventually you will want to make the leap to vista 64 and 4-8 gb too. I have a similar setup to you but have 4gb in 64 bit, going from 2 to 4 gb doesn't make much diff, Yet.

I will prob wait till 9800 prices settle down n spring before upgrading from my 8800gtx.

I have been itching to go to raid0 raptors from my single, but such a hassle.
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