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what to replace my 8800gtx 768 ram videocard with

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September 21, 2008 5:03:42 PM

Hello All,

I have an 8800gtx 768 ram evga card. It hasn't felt the same since my motherboard blew up so I'm looking to upgrade to something that is going to be worth me spending the money by giving me much better performance. I have a xfx 780i sli motherboard. I am open to ati videocards even though i have an sli board. What is the best videocard set up for me? I am a fps gamer so i need speed and i play at 1600x1200 or higher and also at 1280x1024 on my 22 inch monitor.
September 21, 2008 5:20:08 PM

The BFG GTX280 OC would be a good option, or the 4870X2 both are good options for you. They give amazing performance at those resolutions in ANY game.
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September 21, 2008 5:24:01 PM

depends how much money you want to spend since you have 780i go with 260 or 9800gx2 since its so cheap now
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September 21, 2008 5:25:15 PM

you didn't even give us a budget
and what do you mean 1600x1200 or higher and 1280x1024? which one is it?

in any case, maybe a 4870 or a gtx260 216 would be good enough for both resolutions
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September 21, 2008 5:27:24 PM

Minimum of 4870, but the 4870 x2 would be the best option for you. It'll consume alot more power over the 8800gtx, but hopefully you have a quality PSU to run it. What is your PSU that you have right now? And what are your system specs?
September 21, 2008 6:03:58 PM

gtx260/280, and 4870 are pretty much your only options.
September 21, 2008 6:06:34 PM
September 21, 2008 6:26:07 PM

9800 GX2 if you dont mind the typical multi-GPU issues.
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September 21, 2008 7:11:20 PM

If your 8800GTX is failing, is it still under warranty so you can RMA it?

Assuming you want a noticeable improvement over the 8800GTX, you should probably skip the next level of cards which are the 9800GX2/GTX260/4870.

Then you have the GTX280 and 4879X2 which are both very pricey for what you get.

September 21, 2008 7:14:24 PM

geofelt said:
If your 8800GTX is failing, is it still under warranty so you can RMA it?

Assuming you want a noticeable improvement over the 8800GTX, you should probably skip the next level of cards which are the 9800GX2/GTX260/4870.

Then you have the GTX280 and 4879X2 which are both very pricey for what you get.


9800gx2 outperform gtx280 for far less. There is no reason to skip the second most powerful single card, after 4870x2, for the third most powerful, for more money.
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3341&p=13
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3341&p=14
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3341&p=15
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3341&p=16
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3341&p=17
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3341&p=18
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3341&p=19
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September 21, 2008 7:40:12 PM

Good documentation for your point dagger.

No doubt that the 9800GX2 is a good value, but is it generally better than the GTX280?
From tom's vga charts:
http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/gaming-graphics-char...[2063]=on&prod[2060]=on

The above link does not seem to work.
Go to the combined results section, and select the GTX280, 9800GX2, and whatever other card you want to compare.

In the end, all the top cards perform well, and they differ depending on the game, settings, and resolution. It also matters if the cards are overclocked.
September 21, 2008 7:45:55 PM

Tom's VGA charts are the worst thing you can follow.

A) they are innaccurate
B) they give minimal feedback

and

C) Just don't

Browse around on google, most benchies show the 9800 GX2 comes out ontop for the most part.

Dagger's links are excellent as well.

If both Cards are on par where you live (could be city dependent in some cases) then the 280 GTX is better, since it gives less hassle for a single GPU (my opinion).

if you rgoing to game at 1600x1200 or higher you can still check out the GX2 (though the Ram count is lower than others) it still holds its own.

The GX2 is known to give you a 50% (depending on the game) over the 8800 GTX:) 

Although your 8800 GTX 768 did come out on top over the GX2 @ 2500 Resolution, with AA on, but it still remained unplayable.

I'd say anything thats a 260 GTX and over could doo you justice at the resolutions you game @
September 21, 2008 7:47:11 PM

To be honest, unless your 8800GTX really died, I wouldn't upgrade the GPU at all.

If it's having some problems, send it back in for a replacement.

It's not worth the money at this point in time for the performance increase you get from 4870, 9800GX2. Save the money, get something better later, your 8800GTX should handle every game out there at 1280*1024 and 1600*1200 fine (exception of Crysis, but even the GTX280 can't really handle it).
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September 21, 2008 7:57:32 PM

i agree with johnyeah the 8800gtx is still one hell of a card and should handle most games at max settings. rma the card for a new one, but if u most buy a new card you should get a gtx280 or 4870x2 to see decent gains.
September 21, 2008 7:58:01 PM

geofelt said:
Good documentation for your point dagger.

No doubt that the 9800GX2 is a good value, but is it generally better than the GTX280?
From tom's vga charts:
http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/gaming-graphics-char...[2063]=on&prod[2060]=on

The above link does not seem to work.
Go to the combined results section, and select the GTX280, 9800GX2, and whatever other card you want to compare.

In the end, all the top cards perform well, and they differ depending on the game, settings, and resolution. It also matters if the cards are overclocked.


I have nothing against Tomshardware, but their charts are... let's say, not the most accurate. Here's you have single 8800gts outperform gtx280 sli.
http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/gaming-graphics-char...

There are plenty of reviews from reputable/reliable benchmarkers that show smaller difference or even same performance for 9800gx2 and gtx280.
September 21, 2008 8:07:44 PM

well my budget is 600 tops but really am looking for a cheaper upgrade. my power supply is pc power and cooling 750 quad :)  quad core q6600 oc to 3.6 gig 4gig ram with x-fi prelude sound card.
September 21, 2008 8:13:45 PM

shaido7 said:
well my budget is 600 tops but really am looking for a cheaper upgrade. my power supply is pc power and cooling 750 quad :)  quad core q6600 oc to 3.6 gig 4gig ram with x-fi prelude sound card.


Since value is important, 9800gx2 is the way to go. The $270 card outperforms $420 gtx280. The 4870x2 is 1st place, but will cost twice as much, the $550 price tag probably won't fit well into your $600 bottom line.

For motherboard, consider a $100 p45. Performs the same as x38/48 and better than 780i boards costing twice as much, only no cf/sli support.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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