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NEED HELP CHOOSING A VIDEO CARD!!!!!!!!

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  • Dell Studio Xps
  • SLI
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February 24, 2008 6:40:34 AM

I currently have Dell XPS 600 Pentium D (3.2), 4gb ddr2 pc5300, dual 7800 gtx 256 mb cards in SLI. I am ready to upgrade to a new card(s). Not sure what to get. I am a gamer, and I play alot of CoD4, amongst other games. My system came with a 650 watt PS, and I run 23 harddrive so my PS is handling all that fine. I almost bought a EVGA 8800GTX 768mb, and later on in the year when I build my new system I would just buy another 8800GTX and have an SLI setup. No problem right? Except now I am thingking about getting (2) 9600GT and run SLI for now. I am an Nvidia fan obviously, and and no expert in this field, I would appreciate any advice or suggestions that any of you might have as far as a great video card setup wethat it be a single card or an SLI setup for under $400-$450 bucks. Thanks again.

-Bryan

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a b U Graphics card
February 24, 2008 9:21:09 AM

The 9600GT looks good, and will be alot better than your 78s, also right in your price range
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a b U Graphics card
February 24, 2008 11:01:21 AM

Get a new profile there Paul? heheh
a b U Graphics card
February 24, 2008 11:06:55 AM

Hmm, I guess I did. Thx for pointing it out. Wonder if my wife will approve. :) 
a b U Graphics card
February 24, 2008 11:07:56 AM

LOL roh roh
February 24, 2008 2:26:18 PM

So I am comparing the 8800's and 9600's, and if I pinch my pennies a little more I might be able to get to superclocked 8800gt's from EVGA. What do you think 8800gt or 9600gt?
a b U Graphics card
February 24, 2008 2:42:42 PM

Both good options. I have dual 8800GT myself any love em, except for the loud reference coolers which I replaced. You could save $50-60 by going with the dual 9600GT though. For now you probably would not see a difference with your current CPU. I saw performance increases with SLI 8800GT overclocking a Q6600 from 2.4 to 3.0GHz. And wouldn't doubt seeing more performance if I OC the cpu higher. Either way, evga is a good option for you should you decide to step up if an unexpected beast gets released. Good warranty too. But I myself wouldn't spend much more for these benefits.
February 24, 2008 2:51:40 PM

bryan240g said:
I currently have Dell XPS 600 Pentium D (3.2), 4gb ddr2 pc5300, dual 7800 gtx 256 mb cards in SLI. I am ready to upgrade to a new card(s). Not sure what to get. I am a gamer, and I play alot of CoD4, amongst other games. My system came with a 650 watt PS, and I run 23 harddrive so my PS is handling all that fine. I almost bought a EVGA 8800GTX 768mb, and later on in the year when I build my new system I would just buy another 8800GTX and have an SLI setup. No problem right? Except now I am thingking about getting (2) 9600GT and run SLI for now. I am an Nvidia fan obviously, and and no expert in this field, I would appreciate any advice or suggestions that any of you might have as far as a great video card setup wethat it be a single card or an SLI setup for under $400-$450 bucks. Thanks again.

-Bryan

my advice is dont sli 9600GT.
either sli 8800GT's if youre in a hurry or just wait for 9800GX2/GTX.(450$ launch expectancy)
cheers.
February 24, 2008 3:21:05 PM

Whatever card(s) I choose, and right now and it's leaning more towards the 8800gt in sli. These cards around 6 months or so from now are going to be installed in my new system build. And the new system is going to be my first custom build, and it won't be a dell. I am not going to name any parts for my new system because this early in, those things might change. I can tell you I will be overclocking, and running a quad core, and ddr3 mem. and a great cooling system, that I know for sure. I need a pair of cards that will last me approx. 2 years, give or take. Do you guys think that the 8800gt in sli is the way to go? Or should I wait for some other card to come out? I just don't want to wait much longer.
March 7, 2008 4:05:17 PM

23 hdd? no way!
March 7, 2008 4:46:42 PM

sharp910sh said:
23 hdd? no way!


My exact same thought, where do you stick 23 hard drives... wait, I don't want to know.

If you can afford two 8800gt and aftermarket coolers (Zalman Vf-900Cu or ThermalTake DuOrb are great) then go for it, they'll serve you well, if that's too much for your pocket to handle then 2x 9600gt should do a fine job too.
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