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Graphics Card and Monitor Upgrade Question

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March 30, 2008 2:23:35 PM

This is my first post on these forums. Greetings!

Okay, here’s my dilemma. I currently have an 8800GTS 320MB, and it has served me well for the past year on my 17” CRT. Actually, I can max out Crysis on it (DX9 Very High) with average 25 fps. However, I really am getting sick of 1024x768 on a 16” screen (since it is a CRT) and would like to upgrade to an LCD with a larger resolution. As soon as I go above 1024x768 on the CRT, the refresh rate is only at 60htz and that gives me headaches.

I was thinking of trying to sell my GTS 320, but I’ll probably only get about 75 bucks for it since their prices (and hence value) have dropped. If I do that, I will have a budget of about $375 for a monitor and graphics card.

This 8800gt looks like a great deal, especially since it has a dual slot cooler on it:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EDIT: This had a 30 dollar mail in rebate when I posted this. Guess I'll have to wait for the price to go down.

I don't think I want to spend much more on a card, because I don't think it would be worth the performance difference between my current card and a new one.

OR - Do you think I should wait for ATI's 4000s this summer or Nvidia's true next-gen cards (hopefully this fall).

Thanks for your opinions!
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March 30, 2008 2:53:08 PM

8800gt is a great card and matches well with LCD up to 1680 x 1050 resolution. I go by the rule I buy what I want now when I feel the need, waiting for hardware that is not out yet is a wait forever because there is always something bigger and better in the near future.
April 1, 2008 2:43:47 PM

I'm very tempted to go by that rule, but now the Geforce 9900s are rumored to be out in July. :pt1cable:  I'll think about it some more, but I may wait for the 9900s and go for a nice monitor now.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I think I want to go with this over a 22inch; the closer the pixels are crammed, the better the image quality. (The pixel pitch is 0.258mm).

What about a 19inch at 1680x1050 (pixel pitch 0.243mm)? It's also cheaper than the above 20inch.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'll have to turn some settings down since these two are 1680x1050, but that's cool for now.

Thanks again!
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