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April 27, 2008 3:26:06 PM

hello all, i would like some advice on a new Graphics card for my system. i will do SLI if advised also. what is my max graphics setup while not bottlenecking my CPU?

S939 nforce4 mobo with 8x capable SLI
X2 4600+ Oc'd to 2.6
2 gb pc 3200 ram
7900GT that needs replacing
2 HDD
OCZ Gamextreme 700W
antec nine hundred case

oh yeah i will be playing on a 1440x900 on a 19in. widescreen

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April 27, 2008 3:29:28 PM

hemir1 said:
hello all, i would like some advice on a new Graphics card for my system. i will do SLI if advised also. what is my max graphics setup while not bottlenecking my CPU?

S939 nforce4 mobo with 8x capable SLI
X2 4600+ Oc'd to 2.6
2 gb pc 3200 ram
7900GT that needs replacing
2 HDD
OCZ Gamextreme 700W
antec nine hundred case

oh yeah i will be playing on a 1440x900 on a 19in. widescreen

8800gt or g92 8800gts are the best bang for the buck. Aviod sli for now, it's not worth it. New cards are coming up.

Get more than 2gb of ram. It's not enough.
April 27, 2008 3:38:13 PM

would 2 g80 8800 gts be a consideration for under $300 or will the cpu bottleneck, or not even better than 1 8800gt or g92 8800gts
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April 27, 2008 3:52:52 PM

hemir1 said:
would 2 g80 8800 gts be a consideration for under $300 or will the cpu bottleneck, or not even better than 1 8800gt or g92 8800gts

2 g80 8800gts should outperform 1 g92 8800gts, but I wouldn't think it's a good deal. G92 8800gs is even cheaper, but perform about the same as g80 8800gts.
http://en.expreview.com/2008/04/02/g80-vs-g92-hi-end-ge...

With 2 cards, you've already used sli option, and will have to change out both cards on upgrade. With one g92 8800gts, you still have room for another one for sli. After MIR, one card cost $169.99, which is certainly more money, but not by so much, for far higher performance:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
April 27, 2008 4:03:07 PM

so my best bet will be 1 G92 8800 GTS and add one later? will adding one later bottleneck my cpu? can my PSU handle 2 of those cards later?
April 27, 2008 4:09:45 PM

Yeah, it can handle 2 8800GTS(G92), so go for it and have fun!
April 27, 2008 4:11:59 PM

hemir1 said:
so my best bet will be 1 G92 8800 GTS and add one later? will adding one later bottleneck my cpu? can my PSU handle 2 of those cards later?

Yes, the new cards, when they come out, should produce a healthy discount to existing cards. Or you can just upgrade to the new cards, if you have the cash.

That cpu isn't so bad, it shouldn't bottleneck.
April 27, 2008 4:26:22 PM

NO!!! NEVER BUY THE 8800GT 256MB edition!
Get the 8800gs if you're really tight on budget!
Or the 9600gt, a lil better.
If you insists on getting an 8800gt, get the 512 one...
Tell you this: 256mb video memory will bottleneck the GPU like hell, ensuring you'll have wondefully low frame rates and laggy performances...
April 27, 2008 4:36:27 PM

romulus47plus1 said:
NO!!! NEVER BUY THE 8800GT 256MB edition!
Get the 8800gs if you're really tight on budget!
Or the 9600gt, a lil better.
If you insists on getting an 8800gt, get the 512 one...
Tell you this: 256mb video memory will bottleneck the GPU like hell, ensuring you'll have wondefully low frame rates and laggy performances...



That's right. Those are lemons. :p 
April 27, 2008 4:47:40 PM

I have pretty much the exact same system as you with a g92 8800 gts and I play crysis at 1440x900 with all med to high settings.
April 27, 2008 4:49:51 PM

wip99gt said:
I have pretty much the exact same system as you with a g92 8800 gts and I play crysis at 1440x900 with all med to high settings.


Same here, I get 50+ fps on high settings, 1280x1024 resolution.
April 27, 2008 5:00:28 PM

If you can get 2 8800GTS 640mb for under 300 that would be an excellent deal and will outrun anything in that price range. It will even beat 8800GT SLI at higher resolutions if they are the 112sp versions. I just bought 2 9600st SLI for the price versus performance. Although the 88gt are a little faster I didn't feel they were worth the extra money.
April 27, 2008 5:05:38 PM

dagger said:

Get more than 2gb of ram. It's not enough.


Not that more ram would hurt, if you are running Win XP your 2 gigs should be fine for most things. If you are on Vista, though, that is another story.
April 27, 2008 5:07:03 PM

okay then it will be 1 8800 G92 gts now and 1 for later, any brand particularly better than the other or better OCer's?
April 27, 2008 5:14:34 PM

EVGA! XFX! These are King brands!
April 27, 2008 5:23:13 PM

My Bfg has been pretty solid
April 27, 2008 5:26:05 PM

BFG is good too, along with brothers XFX and EVGA.
April 27, 2008 6:11:07 PM

hemir1 said:
okay then it will be 1 8800 G92 gts now and 1 for later, any brand particularly better than the other or better OCer's?



They are exactly the same. Pick the cheapest one.
April 27, 2008 6:18:20 PM

It looks like dagger got a better oc than I did. I got 757/1817/1001 out of mine
April 27, 2008 6:30:16 PM

wip99gt said:
It looks like dagger got a better oc than I did. I got 757/1817/1001 out of mine



Still overkill for nearly all games. Don't worry about it.
April 27, 2008 6:42:27 PM

Oh yeah, I'm not complaining.
April 30, 2008 12:27:27 AM

hemir1 said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

i actually decided on this card and ordered it!
give me the good, the bad, and the ugly?



The 9600gt's g94 core, with 64 stream processors, is half a 8800gts's g92 core with 128 stream processors with overclocking. If you count the number of transistors, it's literally half a core. :p 
August 3, 2008 7:55:38 AM

its been ages since i have seen any hype ofver a BFG :(  anywho i would have said 2 8800GT's....anywho is he still around to let us know how it worked out...
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