Thank you for the replies. I hope I get some more.
I'm new to the computer building scene and there are probably more options I could take, i.e. buying one top end GPU to go with my SLi mobo, and wait a while after and purchase another GPU. I guess another route I could take is wait a bit for new technology and price drops, but my computer is like 4-5 years old. I'm in need of a huge computer upgrade
Just thought of something. If I do end up going the one high end GPU route, those combos above look too good to pass up (this coming from a completely unsavvy newbie computer builder). In some one's more knowledgeable experience, are those combos even good?
The PSUs dont rate so well there, so might consider avoiding the combo deals. Also you will want to spend the extra $$ to get an 8800GT with a dual slot cooler, they run pretty warm and the single slots dont seem to be too popular. If thats not in the budget, I'd go with the 9600s.
I would also not get one highend card right now. Hold off to see what the 9900 does before jumping in like that.
I had the same dilemma and decided to go with the 9600gt since there isn't a huge difference in performance. I went with the new Asus 9600gt Silent, they are supposed to run 10 degrees cooler than reference coolers and they are silent. Nice price too.
Even though I got my 8800GT's back in February, I would make the same choice now and get the 8800's over the 9600's if for no other reason than the amount of Stream Processors, 112 on the 88's versus 64 on the 96's.
But two 9600GT offer alot for the price. If you play your rebates right, you could do better pricing than you have posted. You could even mix/match brands(because rebates limited to one per address) and score two 9600GT's for $120 each after rebates.