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April 17, 2008 1:44:15 PM

hi

basically that is my choice

8800 GTS 512 220€
9800 GTX 512 250€
2x 9600 GT 512 (SLI) 280€

I like to try SLI and the GPU charts from tomshardware.com says it s a good choice for the price, it also allows to have 1Gb at reasonable price

I want to use it with an intel E8400
it should be an asus P5K mobo for the 9800 and 8800
or with SLI, an asus P5NE - SLI

PSU : is a 620W Corsair enough for the SLI
wha t about a 520 Wfor the 9800 and 9800 ?

btw my screen is a samsung 2232BW 1680x1050

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April 17, 2008 2:16:30 PM

mmhh, though!

if i were you, don't buy 600series because you always have to replace them after 2 years (my problem, they don't last for long at high settings, and i see you want to play with eyecandy.) of o were you buy the 9800GTX and later sli it when you think the performance is lower than you want to.

my opinion! but a 9600GT is good, but i think you better go with one card for start. and the 9 series are less powerneeded so i think the question of the psu is YES but it depends of the brand.
April 17, 2008 2:28:53 PM

I shoud go for a corsair cause they are said to be good for the money
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a c 147 U Graphics card
April 17, 2008 3:46:43 PM

The 8800GTS and 9800GTX are pretty close. You can OC a GTS easy to the GTX GPU clock. However I have a feeling the GTX will clock higher. If you are looking for something cost effective, the GTS is the way to go, I LOVE mine, not a single issue. The 2 9600GT's in SLI will be the better performer however you are already SLI'ed where as if you got a single GTS of GTX you would have that avalible down the road. Its your call. What is your budget, what res do you want to play at, what games and do you plan to upgrade at all in the future or is this it for a while?
April 17, 2008 3:57:02 PM

I shd keep that rig for 2 or 3 years to play I believe
my budget is roughly 700-800 €

I have selected a E8400
4Gb corsair ram (2x2Go)

and the mobos I said before according the choice of the GPU

I play mostly FPS (BF2 and what will come later after that)
April 17, 2008 4:11:17 PM

8800GTS gets my vote. It's the cheapest, performs close to 9800GTX, and gives you the option of SLI later (if you want that).
April 17, 2008 4:21:58 PM

cheers for the feedbacks
a c 147 U Graphics card
April 17, 2008 5:21:27 PM

Avenger_K said:
8800GTS gets my vote. It's the cheapest, performs close to 9800GTX, and gives you the option of SLI later (if you want that).

I think the GTS is your best choice as well. The performance for the price is better and the GTX won't give you much more for a premium price. The 2 9600GT's will outperform both but really do you need that much power? You can get a 2nd GTS when they are cheap if you really need to or sell the GTS and get the next best card at the time.
April 17, 2008 5:49:23 PM

a good point , but as the referenes change , won t it be a problem to find the exact same 8800 in a few months or a year?
April 17, 2008 6:14:34 PM

It could be a problem, though likely not. Somewhere or someone will have one to get rid of. If you do have a problem finding one, you just sell the one you have and put that money toward a new card.
April 17, 2008 6:32:50 PM

sebgros said:
a good point , but as the referenes change , won t it be a problem to find the exact same 8800 in a few months or a year?


That is the main problem with going SLI with this card. I'd forgotten that the 8800GTS is at its EOL (end of life) this summer.

Well, you can always either buy EVGA and use their step-up program or buy an XFX and resell it when you want a new one (XFX gives lifetime warranty to the second owner as well).
April 17, 2008 6:35:23 PM

8800GTS(g92) are already on the EOL list so it might actually be worth it to get a 9800GTX so you could later grab another one when it's cheaper, like in a year from now. However at the same time 9900GTX's are supposed to come out this summer, but you'll still be able to get a 9800GTX for quite some time after that so I'm going to say 9800GTX.

8800GTS is really the best bang for the buck at this time, but I don't think it's going to have the SLI longevity after a year or 2. If you were to consider an 8800GT you could OC that to match an 8800GTS and the when those drop a little more in price you could grab another one and run faster than 2 9600GT's in SLI for the same price.
a b U Graphics card
April 17, 2008 6:44:20 PM

No matter which way you choose, you will want more power. I have 2 8800GTX ANS3 cards and am always looking for news on the next big break thru and dont even need it. Dont under estimate your psu, its better to overshoot than to under estimate.

Stay focused Grasshopper, too much power will corrupt your ramen noodle...
a c 147 U Graphics card
April 17, 2008 6:51:32 PM

I like my 8800GTS.. in a year if there is something better, I'll sell YOU my GTS for your SLI and I'll get the next big thing. or you can do what I do.
a b U Graphics card
April 17, 2008 7:05:07 PM

I will be sitting on my investment for a while. I have a lot of coin I dropped in this system this past month so it is what it is for 3-4 years. The next setup I invest in will make my current rig look like a socket 370 setup if I can help it...
April 17, 2008 8:31:04 PM

Where is the OP when you need them?
April 17, 2008 8:34:00 PM

my current choice is (changing every hour but getting better)

Asus P5K
Intel E8400
Corsair 4Go (2x2)
corsair 520 W PSU
and probably a 9800GTX (altho everybody says a 8800 GTS could be better for the money (30€ more expensive only for the new 9800..)
a b U Graphics card
April 17, 2008 8:53:34 PM

If your going to eventually go SLI, I dont think a 520 watt psu is adequate. I would at least get the Corsair 620 watt psu at a minimum.

You will be fine with one card but when you go to install the 2nd card later you will likely have power issues...
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