OK.....I've got the bug to upgrade my GPU but not sure what a new card will do for me or if it is even worth doing it.
Dell XPS 630i
Win 7 X-64 Ultimate
E8500 CPU (Core 2 Duo 3.16ghz), currently OC to 4.00ghz.
22" LCD Monitor (1680x1050 resolution)
Nvidia GEForce 8800GT (512mb)
I am an occasional gamer but am primarily interested in connecting the PC to my Samsung 52" LCD. I think I would play more frequently on the bigger screen. Games I play are C.O.D., Crysis and NFS Shift.
Budget is around $150.....and I would like to find a card that will send both audio and video via HDMI to the TV....my current card only sends the video via DVI and I really am looking to avoid sending the audio and video separately if I can avoid it.
Very interested if people think it is even worth it to upgrade.
Do not waste your time with the 4770, 4870 or GTX 260, The 8800 GT isnt that much slower, well not slow enough to justify the spend. If you are going to upgrade from an 8800 GT shoot for atleast one of the following 4890, GTX275, 4870X2 or 58xx.
Small upgrades are pointless, you want an upgrade you can feel.
Um (2) 8800GT's will give an awesome boost for him at a cheap price. I looked through some old reviews and 8800GT's in SLI beat out a GTX280.
8800GT? I would honestly grab one off ebay cheap. Just make sure its a good seller that has a return policy. None of this as-is stuff.
The 4xxx and 5xxx ATI cards have build in audio, so there is no need for a cable. I have a 5870 and I can just plug in my HDMI cable and audio goes with it.
OK....I do see some pretty cheap on there. Pardon the newbie questions but....I would need the card, an SLI cable, DVI to HDMI adapter, and, in this case, I believe I need that spdif cable to pass the audio if I am correct.
if you game at 1920x1080 then then an upgrade in is order especially since you can still get $60-100 by selling the 8800gt on ebay depending on brand warranty etc (i sold my XFX 8800gt with lifetime warranty for $100 after fees and shipping back in november)
I think you need the adapter and also the SPIF audio cable. You would just plug it into the primary card though in port 1. You would have to read the documentation on this as I never used the nvidia cards with HDMI. I had a 8800GTS but never used it and it didnt come with a cable or adapter.
OK....so I found a decent deal on the XFX "Alpha Dog" version of the 8800GT and I confirmed that it has the audio connection on the board (spdif). Can anyone confirm for me that I can connect a non Alpha Dog version of the 8800GT (Dell OEM) to the Alpha Dog version via SLI?