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Selling 8800gt 512mb for 3870X2

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February 4, 2008 4:10:22 AM

OK, I am about to start a auction on ebay for my brand new BFG 8800gt OC2 512mb. I am planning on selling it to buy a ATI 3870X2. Is this a good idea? Or should I just suck it up? I have been devoted to Nvidia , but it seems ATI just has the better technology right now. And to be honest, Im fed up with all this talk about 9800x2 and stuff.
February 4, 2008 4:16:40 AM

The 8800GTS 512MB is an excellent video card. Why sell it?

If you're dissatisfied with the performance, you can always OC it.
February 4, 2008 4:22:23 AM

He said 8800GT Evilonigiri. It really depends on the resolution really. If you want to push stuff to the max @1920x1200 then the 3870X2 should be awesome. Plus, ATI does have a lot better HDTV support and has better IQ.

I just went from a 7900GS to a 2900Pro and I could not be happier. There's a lot more features in the drivers than the ATI ones had in Vista.
It's resolution scaling is a lot better too. Plus Native HDMI rules.
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February 4, 2008 4:23:51 AM

So i am only going to see real performance increase in high resolution?
February 4, 2008 4:31:20 AM

yes, ull real difference in high resolution. in lower resolution. ull c better performance. but not that hight.
February 4, 2008 4:34:25 AM

iancarnage said:
So i am only going to see real performance increase in high resolution?


At lower resolution you probably wont notice a difference. In FPS I think most people will agree that after 60FPS is pretty hard to tell a big difference especially since most monitor work at 60hz.
February 4, 2008 4:35:55 AM

I dont know what to do! I feel like I am getting decent performance now with my 8800gt. But on the other hand, I know my gpu is bottlenecking with my e8400. I want something that will run with my processor.
February 4, 2008 4:38:23 AM

Woops, misread.

Now if it's the 8800GT, it still a decent video card. Just to let you know, there is no such thing as running equally with your cpu. It differs from game to game.

I suggest you to stick with until the next generation of card come out.
February 4, 2008 4:43:06 AM

Isnt 3870x2 next gen?!
February 4, 2008 4:46:11 AM

iancarnage said:
Isnt 3870x2 next gen?!

I meant the generation after that one.
February 4, 2008 4:53:11 AM

would it be worth it for me to buy another 8800gt 512 and run SLI?? Just to get me by till the next gen. Or is the 9800x2 coming out really soon?
February 4, 2008 4:58:59 AM

iancarnage said:
would it be worth it for me to buy another 8800gt 512 and run SLI?? Just to get me by till the next gen. Or is the 9800x2 coming out really soon?

Oh yeah, it would be well worth it. For now at least...
February 4, 2008 5:31:35 AM

Do some math before you decide. See what they (8800gt)are going for on EBAY. Then subtract what you can get on EBAY from what you paid for the card. . Then add that difference to the cost of a 3870x2.

Are you willing to pay THAT amount for the performance the 3870x2 will get you in the setup you have and the type of games you play.

I love ATI and curently have a X1900xtx that I got on THE day it was released. Traveled 200 miles to get it. SO I am a fan. I also want to get the ASUS 4 DVI port 3870xt so I love ATI. But since your Nvidia is new, simply consider the total cost/performance benefit and if it is worth it to you.
February 4, 2008 6:26:27 AM

I'd agree with hcforde. I mean what are you having problems running with your 8800GT (Besides Crysis)? If you aren't gaming at very high resolutions, you are probably 60FPS+ anyways, so there's no point in upgrading. You could SLI your 8800GT, which would give you a performance increase, but 3870 CF (3870X2) usually scale better anyways.

You have an excellent computer and there's no need to upgrade until the next great leap forward comes out, aka 5900/9800 to 6800/x800.
February 4, 2008 7:00:45 AM

haha thanks so much guys! you convinced be to keep my 2 month old 8800GT. I am really just having small lag problems in call of duty 4 MP. I am considering just buying another 8800gt, or maybe even sticking it out for 2 weeks till the 9800x2 or 8900x2(whatever its called) is out.
February 4, 2008 7:17:07 AM

I would not even consider upgrading if I had a 8800GT. That card should be fine for at least 6-12months minimum. The X2/crossfire/SLI options arent all roses remember they consume more power, have variable fps benefits and are noisy.
February 4, 2008 8:22:42 AM

What the hell resolution are you running at? With my 2900Pro I never see slow downs in MP unless my ping sucks for the server. You also have to take into account that their server can affect your performance if it isn't performing up to par. I'd say you are fine for at least a year like MikosNZ fine, if you are the kind of person that upgrades a lot. If you aren't, you're probably fine for a lot longer than that.
February 4, 2008 11:05:37 AM

Congrats to the OP for coming to the reasonable conclusion that upgrading from an 8800GT is a losing proposition at this point! Too many people waste money upgrading systems that they personally are happy with, because they think they need their computer to be faster than their buddy's computer.
February 4, 2008 4:06:43 PM

MikosNZ said:
I would not even consider upgrading if I had a 8800GT. That card should be fine for at least 6-12months minimum. The X2/crossfire/SLI options arent all roses remember they consume more power, have variable fps benefits and are noisy.


heh, I stretched my Radeon 8500 for almost 4 years, my 9800 Pro for 3 years, I hope to get 3 years out of my 8800GT
February 4, 2008 4:47:41 PM

I dont know, I was thinking about doing that too.

My rig with the 8800GT 512MB with 1680x1050 resolution gets below 30 fps outside in Oblivion with 8xAA and every other good turned up.

I'm thinking a better card will keep me smooth over 30.
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February 4, 2008 4:49:53 PM

Upgrading can be fun just to see one's own results, but Reason dictates that I basically agree with Prolfe. IndigoMoss makes a good point about other sources of lag. It might not be your video card. You might drop the resolution and/or quality just as a test and see if the lag is still there.
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February 4, 2008 9:34:41 PM

deuce271 said:
I dont know, I was thinking about doing that too.

My rig with the 8800GT 512MB with 1680x1050 resolution gets below 30 fps outside in Oblivion with 8xAA and every other good turned up.

I'm thinking a better card will keep me smooth over 30.

If you stand still, are your framerates low? Is it out in the foliage where framerates stay somewhat low? Or are they choppy as your run around (as Oblivion loads distant objects/textures)? What CPU you using?

I tell ya, in Oblivion I see huge increases in FPS running SLI compared to one 8800GT, but it depends where you are. Around town gates you may be mostly CPU limited, while in some other GPU intensive areas it's near 100% scaling. So those walks through dense foliage are no problem at all with 8800GT SLI. But I still suffer some of the same low spikes during loading while running or riding.

Anyway, I've seen 3 system upgrades and 7 Video card upgrades during my Oblivion gaming days, and I'm pretty amazed at how my current setup does in this game that once crippled my system if settings got cranked too high . Running the same res, it so much better than my FX-55 / 8800GTS 320MB system was. I'd like time to to explore it further to see how often it's the CPU and how often the GPU. Hmm, maybe in a couple years we will say this about Crysis? :ouch: 
February 4, 2008 9:55:42 PM

deuce271 said:
I dont know, I was thinking about doing that too.

My rig with the 8800GT 512MB with 1680x1050 resolution gets below 30 fps outside in Oblivion with 8xAA and every other good turned up.

I'm thinking a better card will keep me smooth over 30.


8xAA is completly pointless. You will be losing loads of performance just for that. Anything above 4xAA can't be seen unless you compare screen shots.

iancarnage also read deuce271 for your benefit.

At least you have come to the conclusion not to waste your money. Seeing as your slow down occurs on MP it is most likely connection/servers anything other than the card. It is a general fact that when playing online you have to drop some of the eye candy anyway. Please don't mention bottlenecks because you system has none. I'm sorry but I am going to have to be rude. You have no idea what you are talking about. Next gen? ATI has the better technology?Hold it out till the 9800GX2? I'm afraid you have been reading/being told too much rubbish. You have a very good system that most people on here would love to have.

Jeez just because there are some idiots who insist on wasting there money for little or no performance increase becuase some other idiot told them to it doesn't mean you need to aswell. If it doesn't feel slow then there is no need to upgrade. If it does feel slow it can normally be fixed by optimising the driver/game settings.
February 5, 2008 2:43:42 AM

damn, was it really necessary to call me an idiot? I am just trying to get my system working properly, and happen to have money to spend on it.

I am gaming on a 40in at 1920x1080.
February 5, 2008 2:49:52 AM

40"???....oooo i see it know....i only saw the 19"

Keep the card...the hassle to get a whole new one is a pain..
Just go SLI....or sell me that one :D  for cheap
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