GTX260 Advice over current GPU

Hey guys,

This has been on my mind for some time now and thought what perfect place then to ask for advice here at tomshardware, with so many experienced builders. I currently have an 8800GTS(512mb) and run at a 22' monitor resolution of 1680X1050. My question is if I upgrade to a GTX260 216 core would I see a substantial improve movement in games such as Crysis, Call of Duty Modernwarefare and up coming MMOS such as Champions Online and Aion.

Current System Specs:
P35 Gigabyte DS3L Mobo
8800GTS(512mb)
3.0 6850 duoCore2
4gb G.skill
700W Power Cooling
250 7200rpm Seagate
NXZT Zero Case
Vista 64bit
Sound Audigy Blaster

So should I upgrade to a GTX260 216? and will I have enough room to fix this card in or should I just stick with the 8800GTS if my improvements in game wont be substantial at my resolution? Also another concern on my mind if I do upgrade would I be faced with any bottlenecks?

This Card I've been looking at is at newegg and has a great incentive of the new Batman Asylaum Game
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130433

I wouldnt say I'm a fan boy of Nvidia and I dont oppose Ati, but as of now I've never till this day had a problem with nVidia cards so I'll be sticking with them until I ever have a mishap.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated,
Thanks all

Levsummers~
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  1. A jump from a 8800gts to gtx260 is a good upgrade. The gtx260 is about 40%-70% faster (varies from game to game). It would be a great investment.

    Review:
    http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/10103-evga-geforce-gtx-260-core-216-216-sp-superclocked-edition-review.html
  2. I just went from a 8800GT 512Mb in my Dell XPS720 to a GTX260 OC 898Mb (got it at Best Buy) and noticed a change for the better. The card is 10 1/2" long and covers 2 slots...so make sure you have the room. It does run just a tad warm but not bad. Also I run a 750W power. COD never looked as good as it does now.
  3. thnx for the advice guys, still thinking on it ^_^ hopefully more advice will come = p
  4. I will soon find out. I just ordered and i7 setup from tigerdirect.com and a GTX260. Im sure with that combo i will see a huge boost.

    Anyways from experience even the 9800gt is a decent step up from the 8800, My friend popped one in his system and it made a decent framerate boost in Fallout and Crysis.

    I should have my rig put together tomarrow if all goes well.
  5. Thats awesome to hear man, I've decided to go with the 260 I listed card should get here this afternoon so cant wait to test it out.
  6. I had an 8800 GTX and upgraded to a GTX 260 (216). Have used both on an X2 6400+ and my new X4 955. My advice, wait a bit. There are a new crop of ATI and Nvidia cards due this fall. The 8800 GTS 512MB is a darn good card - as good as my 8800 GTX and I saw some improvement on a 22 inch monitor, but not enough to justify the cost of the GTX 260.
  7. MGDJoker said:
    I will soon find out. I just ordered and i7 setup from tigerdirect.com and a GTX260. Im sure with that combo i will see a huge boost.

    Anyways from experience even the 9800gt is a decent step up from the 8800, My friend popped one in his system and it made a decent framerate boost in Fallout and Crysis.

    I should have my rig put together tomarrow if all goes well.


    Depends on which 8800 you are referring to, Seeing as the 9800GT is just a re-badged 8800GT. Faster than a 320/640 8800GTS yes. Faster than the card he has? Not likely.

    Personally I am happy with my move from an MSI 8800GTS 512mb OC ---> EVGA GTX 260 216 55nm. But with new cards coming out soon, you may want to wait. Prices will drop when they do.
  8. jeffredo said:
    I had an 8800 GTX and upgraded to a GTX 260 (216). Have used both on an X2 6400+ and my new X4 955. My advice, wait a bit. There are a new crop of ATI and Nvidia cards due this fall. The 8800 GTS 512MB is a darn good card - as good as my 8800 GTX and I saw some improvement on a 22 inch monitor, but not enough to justify the cost of the GTX 260.



    Well I went ahead and purchased the 260 so far its been great, also went with eVga so if anything comes out within the next 3 months I should be good with thier step up program
  9. levsummers said:
    Well I went ahead and purchased the 260 so far its been great, also went with eVga so if anything comes out within the next 3 months I should be good with thier step up program


    The Step Up program is great. I think the New Nvidia cards are due around October. Also, eVGA's warranty is very good - just be sure to register your card within 30 days of purchase.
  10. Yea definatly gonna register the card as soon as I get home, cant wait to see the new line up in Oct.
  11. They don't tell you this but you should also get a key for 3DMark Vantage Advanced, when you register as well. It will be listed in http://www.evga.com/community/myproducts.asp , I also had some worthless 2 week trial for Eve Online.
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