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What would be a decent upgrade option for me

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December 5, 2009 9:36:06 PM

I am currently running an eVGA GeForce 8800GTS 512Mb I bought back in 2007. The card has worked great but since then I have gone from a single 19inch display to in the last month a 28" widescreen and a 20" widescreen. Currently I am just using the 28" but it seems to bog down the card at this resolution quite often in games.

I am trying to find something I can run both cards with, can play WoW on the large screen and have my desktop on the other and try to stay $200 or less. Anything worthwhile you can recommend?

Also my current PSU is http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thanks for any input

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December 5, 2009 9:45:42 PM

$200 or less 260gtx 216 shader or hd4890. I don't know if they run well on 28" though since I've never tried. But those 2 cards are in the $200 price range.
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December 5, 2009 10:05:20 PM

grifftech said:
I am trying to find something I can run both cards with, can play WoW on the large screen and have my desktop on the other and try to stay $200 or less. Anything worthwhile you can recommend?


Both cards with ? or do you mean both monitors ?

Cards don't know from screen sizes. All they know, and all we can advise you on is resolution. You can have 19200 x 1200 on a 28" monitor (TV's usually less) but it won't be as sharp as on a 22" or 24" monitor.

The 260 GTX (216) is a wise choice as it will do 1920 x 1200 well, probably be bogged down tho by the rest of your system. Also, it can be kept as a dedicated PhysX card in the next system you build.
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December 5, 2009 10:26:08 PM

Picking up another 8800 GTS 512mb on Ebay and using it in SLI is by far your best option IMO. It will be much cheaper and give you better performance than any of the other cards mentioned so far.
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December 5, 2009 10:28:13 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
Both cards with ? or do you mean both monitors ?

Cards don't know from screen sizes. All they know, and all we can advise you on is resolution. You can have 19200 x 1200 on a 28" monitor (TV's usually less) but it won't be as sharp as on a 22" or 24" monitor.

The 260 GTX (216) is a wise choice as it will do 1920 x 1200 well, probably be bogged down tho by the rest of your system. Also, it can be kept as a dedicated PhysX card in the next system you build.


Sorry I meant, something that can run both monitors well. What are requirements to run a PhysX card, would my old card be able to do it, or does it require a newer card, motherboard etc? I have been looking at the 260's but I may be able to bump up to 275GTX level.
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December 5, 2009 10:28:44 PM

jyjjy said:
Picking up another 8800 GTS 512mb on Ebay and using it in SLI is by far your best option IMO. It will be much cheaper and give you better performance than any of the other cards mentioned so far.


Really? Hmm I never thought of doing that
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December 5, 2009 11:07:57 PM

The 8800 GTS 512mb has undergone several revisions. First into the 9800 GTX then a dieshrink turned it into the 9800gtx+ and then that was magically turned into the GTS 250 with a pcb redesign that offered better power efficiency. There were some increases in default clock/memory speeds along the way. An 8800 GTS 512mb is 650/1000mhz(core/memory) while the GTS 250 is 738/1100mhz but other than that they are essentially the same card. You could probably duplicate those speeds or come close at least with OCing.
Here is an article about how 2 GTS 250s in SLI perform;
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/display/gf-gts25...
With the conclusion being that it's more powerful than a GTX 285.
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