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When should I upgrade my 8800GTS(320M)?

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February 27, 2008 1:57:48 PM

My PC has C2D 3.2GHz and 8800GTS(320M). NWN2 is not very smooth on my 24-inch monitor (1920*1200). I don't know if I should upgrade my graphic card in order to play Mass Effect.
But even the fastest GPU (single core) on the market is only 20%-30% faster than my current card. The new 9800 series is just a rebadged and overclocked 8800GT. Should I upgrade now or wait for a revolutionary GPU (2x faster than my current card with single core) from NVidia?

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a c 131 U Graphics card
February 27, 2008 2:12:42 PM


The generally held wisdom is that you upgrade when performance starts to become an issue.
Can you define what you mean by not very smooth ? it could just be a set up issue, Do you use V-Sync/tripple buffering etc, What do you have the AA etc set to.
Let us know how you are set up and it may be that we can save you some money.
Im not sure but i think youare well within the specs recomended for the game.
Mactronix
a c 169 U Graphics card
February 27, 2008 2:36:15 PM

Agreed 100% with mactronix

u asked a very good quesiton mate, upgrade when u really dont get the performance u need, dont just upgrade because some new stuffs are out

btw, dont just upgrade your card for just one game, if for example u have a problem in one game, then dont change your card only for it, but if arent satisfied with the performance u get, then upgrade it
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February 27, 2008 2:37:21 PM

The problem is the 320MB on your card isn't enough for the high resolution you're running in. Mass Effect will be a slideshow for you if you want > X360 quality visuals.

512MB is the minimum you need. 640 or 768 would be even better if you want to use AA/AF.
February 27, 2008 2:37:26 PM

Not a bad or old card. You're going to spend alot of money for only a slightly better card now....wait.
February 27, 2008 2:39:19 PM

Like you I have a 24" monitor and I just upgraded from a 8800gts 320 like yours to a 8800gt 512 using the step-up program from EVGA so the upgrade only cost me shipping fees.

Believe me it makes a difference, games are smoother, fps went up in most games I play (q4, bioshock, hl2, crysis, cod4) and the extra memory helps with a large monitor. But if you don't have an EVGA card (no step-up program)I would not upgade yet, I would wait and see when new cards come out. If you are having problems with only one game you could try and lower some settings (No AA) or try a lower resolution.

BTW just out of curiosity what monitor do you have ?
February 27, 2008 2:53:20 PM

Thanks for you guys' reply.
I think I'll wait for the next big thing (not the lame 9800 series) that NVidia comes up with.
To smartel7070: My monitor is BenQ G2400W. It's a solid panel. Zero dead pixel. I bought it at $300 when TigerDirect had a promotion (or maybe a price mistake, because the price only lasted several hours).
February 27, 2008 3:33:40 PM

Yeah, as stated already, the only thing holding you back at that resolution is your memory. What you can try to do in the meantime is reduce the texture quality. That should give you a bit of performance back.

Btw, that is a great monitor you've got and for a great price. :p 

February 27, 2008 3:52:56 PM

mondaly said:
Thanks for you guys' reply.
I think I'll wait for the next big thing (not the lame 9800 series) that NVidia comes up with.
To smartel7070: My monitor is BenQ G2400W. It's a solid panel. Zero dead pixel. I bought it at $300 when TigerDirect had a promotion (or maybe a price mistake, because the price only lasted several hours).



I think that's the smart course of action. If you can squeak by on that 8800 320mb for a little while longer, you'll be able to get MUCH more bang-for-your-buck down the road.

I'm still trying to squeak by on my x1950GT, though I may be putting an 8800GT into my new box once the case gets here.
February 27, 2008 4:27:44 PM

I'm in the same boat. I am still holding out hope that the 9800 GTX wouldn't be G92 based, however, at this point it looks like I'll have to see what Ati's RV770 has to offer this summer (something good pleaaaaase!)

I purchased my eVGA 8800 GTS 320 MB in early May 2007, so I didn't get the opportunity to step up to the 8800 GT and the GTX was ~$300 more from eVGA.