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new video card or SLI this baby??? HELP

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August 3, 2008 10:36:41 AM

Hello, I need some advice from some computer gamers out there. This is my computer spec

c2d 6400 oced 3.2
2gig ram
8800 gts 320mb
Asus p5n-sli

Now my question is, is it better for me to purchase another geforce 8800 gts 320 or is it better for me to purchase a new graphic card? Thanks in advanced

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August 3, 2008 10:42:45 AM

Get a 4870, or just live with that still admirable 8800.
a c 190 U Graphics card
August 3, 2008 1:46:48 PM

What games do you play/will be playing in the next 6 months?
What rez do you play in?
What country are you in? In some countries a 340 Mb 8800gts can be both expensive and hard to find.
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a b U Graphics card
August 3, 2008 3:07:27 PM

well im sure it will be priced around like 150 or more considering it takes alot of many to make those and i believe they stopped production. i would go with the gtx 260 or ati 4870. 4870 is slightly better but i found a good deal on a oc evga gtx 260 for 245$ last wk so it seemed like a better deal
August 3, 2008 3:25:30 PM

try to stay in single gpu wheneva possible, even if it costs little more.......single gpu don have scaling problems
a c 272 U Graphics card
August 3, 2008 3:46:36 PM

sarwar_r87 said:
try to stay in single gpu wheneva possible, even if it costs little more.......single gpu don have scaling problems

Neither does SLI :kaola:  .





a b U Graphics card
August 3, 2008 4:43:58 PM

Depends on the cost, your games and the resolution/settings you game at. Don't buy a second 320MB card expecting to play at 1920x1200 with 4xaa. But, a second GTS could offer a huge boost for ya in many games, and a nice way to go if priced right. I picked a second one up brand new many months ago for $88 no rebates.
August 4, 2008 9:21:31 AM

I play on 1280x800 rez. no AA I just wanted to play crysis:warhead or farcry at a decent setting. Nothing too fancy. My current system runs crysis fine on medium setting but lags alot when I set it to high. I live in S.Korea and I can prolly get a geforce 8800 gts used for around $80 to $120. Oh and btw... should I get more ram? It seems like my 2gigs aint cutting it anymore. I run vista 32bit. Thanks in advanced
August 4, 2008 9:35:07 AM

sli doesnt necessarily have scaling problems... in this review: http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3341&p=14
the top chart shows an almost 100% scaling, and if you look a little further down, at the 1680x1050 column, it is ABOVE 100% SCALING! i didnt know that was actually possible, lol.
a c 190 U Graphics card
August 4, 2008 6:42:15 PM

@OP
I think your `lag` is mainly due to lack of video memory, games like Crysis need a lot of it and 320 Mb is n`t really enough at even medium settings.
I would not recommend sli (see the FAQ at the top of the Forum as for why).
At your resolution I`d suggest changing to an 512 Mb 8800 GT/GTS or, if money allows a HD4850, but first read the threads here on the HD4850, it has a few `issues` with cooling!
August 4, 2008 8:10:23 PM

you should SLI that baby and OVERCLOCK it to the max! it will beats 4580 CF
August 4, 2008 10:48:23 PM

concrum said:
you should SLI that baby and OVERCLOCK it to the max! it will beats 4580 CF


WTF are you smoking? if he had the 512MB version, I would bite, but with the old g80 card, theres no way it can touch 4850 CF.

I agree with others here, in your current situation, I would grab an 8800GT/8800GTS-512 or a 4850 and enjoy.
a c 106 U Graphics card
September 17, 2008 5:52:32 AM

Yeah I don't think the 320 version of the 8800GTS is gonna cut it for Crysis. You could get a second one and SLi them, and while that's gonna be a big boost in GPU power it's going to be limited by the fact that it has to get info from your system RAM over the PCI-E bus. More RAM would help, especially if it's fast, low latency RAM. You'll see a good increase in most games, but I think if you want to play Crysis on high you should get another video card.
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