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February 27, 2008 6:52:22 PM

Ok, so after a little bit of research I would like to just make sure that I'm squared away on things before I purchase my video card.

What I'm looking for is a high-end card that supports SLI. I would like to run Supreme Commander at full settings, and eventually add a 2nd card when need be. Price range can be up to about 320, but I would still prefer my best bang for the buck.

From what I've read the 8800 GTS is not worth the added money and the GT can outperform them? One of the GTS models I was looking at was the EVGA 512-P3-N802-AR GeForce 8800GT Superclocked

GPU GeForce 8800GTS (G92)
Core clock 670MHz
Stream Processors 128
Memory
Memory Clock 1940MHz
Memory Size 512MB
Memory Interface 256-bit
Memory Type GDDR3

Those numbers look to be better than that of the GT series, but in the sticky here it states that the GT will outperform it?

Now on the other hand I also noticed this videocard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... which looks like an amazing deal to me, judging by the stated numbers.

So, right now that's about what I have my options narrowed down to. Any insight into these chips/specs or any other suggestions is appreciated.

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February 27, 2008 7:25:01 PM

Best single card for that money - MSI NX8800GTS 512MB with 730mhz Core, allowing you to buy another card later if you're not happy with just one GPU

Or try out two 8800GT's in SLI.

Although that's basing it all on £'s and not $'s.

For $320 try out 2 9600GTs.

Personally I'd go for the 8800GTS and update its BIOS with higher clocks, but thats just me
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February 28, 2008 2:14:38 AM

If SLI is in your possibilities and on your future you might actually want to consider these 8800GT at $215 a piece ($195 AR), since clocks are about as high as the ones on that GTS that you pointed out, only drawback is that it has 12 less shaders, but if you take the plunge now and buy two of these, you'll have SLI with already aftermarket cooling installed, so it seems like a better deal to me all around.

MSI NX8800GT 512M OC GeForce 8800GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
February 28, 2008 7:33:10 PM

Buying two GTs would be out of my current price range though. So, the question becomes whether or not I would be satisfied with just a single GT until the need and money arises for me to drop a 2nd one in there further down the line?

Or would this MSI offer me better performance now for the price http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Then in a year or so I could add a 2nd one of those.
February 28, 2008 7:58:25 PM

MrGB said:
Buying two GTs would be out of my current price range though. So, the question becomes whether or not I would be satisfied with just a single GT until the need and money arises for me to drop a 2nd one in there further down the line?

Or would this MSI offer me better performance now for the price http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Then in a year or so I could add a 2nd one of those.


That's a good deal, especially with the rebate.
February 28, 2008 9:56:44 PM

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I would like to run Supreme Commander at full settings


I may be wrong but doesn't SC depend more on your CPU?
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