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New Video Card Suggestions?

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May 26, 2009 8:55:03 PM

Because I know you'll ask:

Intel Core i7 920
ASUS P6T Deluxe
3x2GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1333
WD Caviar Blue 500GB (for OS only) & 2x WD Caviar Black 500GB (Raid 0)
Corsair 850TX
EVGA 8800GT
X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro

I'm interested in getting the most bang-for-my-buck, but I also want to be able to take full advantage of the rest of my hardware, and I want something that will last me a few years without upgrading. I am indeed a gamer, and my monitor is capable of 1920x1200. I will also probably be overclocking my rig at some point in the future if that matters at all.

I read THIS, but there's so many different makes and models of graphics cards with different options that I feel like I'm trying to buy a new car.

According to the article I should be interested in one of the follwing cards: (I'm an Nvidia man)
9800 GX2
GTX 260
GTX 275
GTX 280
GTX 285
GTX 295

I want to try to keep it under $200 if possible, but getting the best VALUE is ultimately what's most important to me. Thanks in advance for any opinions and suggestions.

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May 26, 2009 9:01:26 PM

Another 8800GT for SLi (if your mobos supports it) and wait for DX11?
May 26, 2009 9:13:39 PM

@BlueScreenDeath
You know I actually considered doing that for a while, but they're still ~$120, and they're kinda hard to find.
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May 27, 2009 2:10:13 PM

*bump
June 1, 2009 5:02:59 PM

Strange how little replies... I guess that is because graphic companies are not in such a war as processor companies, so it is not such a fiery competition. I hope I will hep, and here are the recommendations:

100$-200$ - Adding a second card into SLI is not a best solution, mainly because not all games support it and some may even go worse (due to the lack of compatibility). Also, you do not get what you're paying for, because two cards DO NOT give you twice the performance. So, I suggest that you buy a GTX260 Core216 for under 200 dollars. You already have a good motherboard which is (I suppose) capable of SLI, so later you can just add another one. It will also play all your games at maximum, without exception. Of course, it won't play all of them with anti-aliasing, but at that resolution you don't even need it.

GTX260 Core216

200$-300$- A nice choice would be GTX275 or GTX280. Since the prices have dropped on GTX280, and it is now very near 275, I would suggest that card. It is much better in features, like it has 512-bit memory interface width, and GTX275 has 448. Now, I won't get all high and mighty, but seriously, do not sacrifice 64 bits for a measly price difference. Also, GTX280 has 1GB GDDR3 memory.

GTX280

Tell me if this helped a bit...
June 29, 2009 10:57:13 PM

I would DEFINITELY hold out for a DX11 card in the coming months. It would suck to buy a brand new, shiny, top of the line GPU only to have it not support the latest DirectX API come October.
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