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Two 8800 GTS 512 running SLI or one BFG 275?

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June 5, 2009 3:12:57 PM

I have an EVGA 8800 GTS 512MB that I bought last year and I'm looking to upgrade. I already have upgraded my mobo and processor but I'm unsure what to get as far as my graphics card(s) go. I could either buy another EVGA 8800 GTS which is now on sale for $89.99 (after mail-in) and run them SLI or go big and get a BFG 275 896MB for about another $200 (can't afford two). Is it worth it to get the one 275 or should I get the other 8800? Or is there something else that might be a better deal for me? My specs are as follows:

1680x1050 resolution
ASUS M4A79 Deluxe
AMD Phenom II x4 940
EVGA 8800 GTS 512MB
6 GB DDR2 800

Thanks!
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a c 271 U Graphics card
June 5, 2009 3:17:52 PM

I would go with another 8800GTS and then wait it out until the next generation of cards start to appear, at the resolution that you are running there is nothing that you can't max out (Crysis doesn't count because of it's crappy coding).
June 5, 2009 3:29:22 PM

Thanks! I was thinking that but my ego liked the sound of the 275, lol.
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a c 271 U Graphics card
June 5, 2009 3:55:45 PM

If you were starting from scratch then yes I would say that is the one to go for, but as you already have one GTS I think it would be a waste of 110 bucks. Think of the beer!
June 6, 2009 12:28:02 AM

I think you dont get another 1 now.. wait fow 2 -3 months .. there will be plateful of new energy efficient cards... and besides your 88/ is preety good now..
June 6, 2009 12:55:04 AM

agree with witcherx 100%
June 6, 2009 12:56:49 AM

u have $200 save a bit more and you can get something when the new gen comes out... im pretty sure they'll release something good for less than $300, at least one of the companies...
June 6, 2009 12:58:39 AM

8800GTS 512MB > GTX275 896MB
-SLI 8800 512MB will max out any game on your resolution currently available, Crysis will play maxed out with those on full resolution, max settings, and possibly some AA will be enabled also.
June 6, 2009 1:13:08 AM

DX11 cards are out in afew months so forget about the extra 8800 or 275 replacement. Wait for the next gen cards all together and buy a DX11 card. At 1680X1050 the single 8800GTS should serve you well enough till the next gen cards are out. And then you will have extra to spend on the next gen card.
You will probably also get more performance than 8800GTS X2 / GTX 275 for less power consumed and more value, not forgetting new features
a c 271 U Graphics card
June 6, 2009 1:17:18 AM

Nica Guy said:
u have $200 save a bit more and you can get something when the new gen comes out... im pretty sure they'll release something good for less than $300, at least one of the companies...

You have an excellent point but as you point out it's the 'next gen', I would not want to be one of the first to stick a toe in the water as it were, the OP might but given Nvidia's recent 'issues' I personally will be waiting for the G300b GPU's regardless of how spangly and shiny the first of the next gen are.
June 6, 2009 3:34:08 AM

Mousemonkey said:
You have an excellent point but as you point out it's the 'next gen', I would not want to be one of the first to stick a toe in the water as it were, the OP might but given Nvidia's recent 'issues' I personally will be waiting for the G300b GPU's regardless of how spangly and shiny the first of the next gen are.


yeah ur right but remember it is next gen and worst case scenario current gen cards will come down, so who cares? just wait
3 months it's not like u need the new card... a 8800 gts is good enough for now, its about the same as my 4850 and i still dont need to change...

ill do what i told u... ill wait for next gen and buy whatever is good at that time...
June 6, 2009 5:41:05 AM

I also have a 8800 gts 512 and still Great for all of my gaming needs. Sli is nice, But can be problematic in some situations. Heat , power draw , And Compatibility issues with Sli. I really like the low power down modes on the 260 gtx 216 that I have also. Makes me smile inside knowing I'm not running full blast when surfing the web. I'm pretty sure my 260 runs at 25 watts when idol.(kitchen computer) is running the core 2 duo e6750 2 gigs of ram, 8800 gts 512 alpha dog and xp.) I run the res at 1600-1200 or 1280 by 1024 (Crt). I'm waiting for the next gen cards myself, I don't really need or want sli if one card can run just about everything I throw at it. Good luck on your choice.
a b U Graphics card
June 6, 2009 7:30:20 AM

I bought a recertified EVGA 8800 GTS 512 mb fron Newegg and it came with 90 day warranty but less than a month after the warranty expired, the card died. I went to an XFX GTX 260 and it beats the 3dMark06 scores of my 9800 GT SLI rig and there's less heat and less fan noise.

I wouldn't get another 8800 GTS 512 to run SLI. Save yourself the headache and work running SLI and go for single card solution.
a b U Graphics card
June 6, 2009 12:18:12 PM

A lot of different opinions here, and I think my BFG 8800GTS 512 OC is simply the best card I ever owned, period. It will still run any game out there at decent frames. It does not get hot. It will overclock like no tomorrow, and if I could buy another one for less than $100, that is exactly what I would do.
When anyone starts a sentence with something like "the new/next generation are coming soon......" my rule of thumb is to ignore the post. There is always something coming out soon, or just around the corner. When you are ready to buy, and something fits the bill, buy it.
a c 177 U Graphics card
June 6, 2009 12:49:50 PM

The second card would make for a potent setup and a great 'stop gap' until the wonderful next gen DX11 hyper cards finally arrive and have stable drivers.
Or you could just drop a GTX275 in and use the 8800 for PhysX;)
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