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April 20, 2008 3:11:50 AM

Hi, can anyone tell me what graphic cards that i should get that has best performance, under 1,000 dollars and that can last for more then 2+ years.

I been thinking to get an GeForce 9800 GX2 SSC 1GB or 2 8800Ultra SLI.

Can someone help me, THANKS.

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April 20, 2008 3:40:14 AM

I would recommed getting a 9800GX2 over sli'd Ultras.you could even have two 9800Gx2's for the price of two ultras.
April 20, 2008 3:41:59 AM

get the 9800, it's 2 GPUs in one, at about the same price as the ultra and not as old, also you can add a second one and get quad SLI compared to triple with the ultra, it's the logical choice.

*Edit* ^^exactly what terror said^^
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April 20, 2008 4:04:30 AM

I'd go with 2 OCd 9800GTXs in SLI. Even 2 none OCd GTXs will kick a single 9800GX2's butt as any review of the GTX will tell you. The 9800GX2 only addresses 512MB of memory which is odd since they have 1GB. Anyone who says you can get 2 GX2s for the same price as 2 Ultras obviously hasn't seen what some places are selling the Ultra for--$429.
April 20, 2008 5:35:45 AM

Obviously if the OP doesn't mind spending too much, the 9800GX2 is a "good" choice.

I'd rather go with 2 x 8800GTX, instead of 2 x 9800GTX. Actually that depends on the resolution, but the extra memory on the 8800GTX should help in some games. You can find the 8800GTX under $300 and 2 of them should beat out a 9800GX2. There are also less issues with drivers and such.

Or you could go with Tri-SLI with 3 8800GTXs. It's cheaper than 2 9800GX2s, that's about it. ;) 
April 20, 2008 8:14:30 AM

At resolutions of 1920X1200 the 9800GTX in SLI runs Crysis faster than the 8800 Ultra in SLI and Anandtech says that, with 2 9800GTXs in SLI people can finally play the game at "very high". Personally I'd rather have faster cards with "only" 1GB of ram than slower cards with more ram since the extra ram isn't gonna mean diddly unless youre running massive resolutions on a giant monitor but, to each, his/her own. Try running a core clock of 770 and memory of 2300 like some of the factory OC'd 9800GTXs run with an 8800GTX.
That's what makes fast framerates if you have ample ram and, in almost all cases 1GB is more than enough.
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3275&p=4

April 20, 2008 1:38:41 PM

Go with 2 x 9800 GTX for SLI or 1 x 9800 GX2 is around the same price, so any of 1 set is fine.
April 20, 2008 4:56:09 PM

Honestly if you're planning on not upgrading for 2-3 years then do yourself a favor and at least wait a month or two for the RV770 to see what it has to offer.
April 20, 2008 8:40:36 PM

emp said:
Honestly if you're planning on not upgrading for 2-3 years then do yourself a favor and at least wait a month or two for the RV770 to see what it has to offer.


Ewww isn't the RV770 AMD?
April 20, 2008 10:08:16 PM

iKuno said:
Ewww isn't the RV770 AMD?



it most certainly is and who knows it might blow our socks off :D 
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