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A Graphics Dillema

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February 7, 2010 3:50:26 AM

Here is my current system:

OCZ StealthXStream OCZ600SXS 600W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
EVGA 122-CK-NF67-T1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i LT SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
OCZ SLI-Ready Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2N800SR4GK - Retail
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
INTEL E8400 @ 3.0 GHZ - Retail

This was built back in February of 08. It has been a solid system for 2 years and is still very solid. I have an extra $200 available to me right now and I just cannot find any way to upgrade this system in a worthwhile way to where it warrants the expense.

The Motherboard (680i LT SLI) is a LG775 board and supports:

Core 2 Extreme
(dual and quad core)
Core 2 Quad
Core 2 Duo
Celeron D
Pentium 4
Pentium D 9XX
Pentium D 8XX

But there aren't any processors in the price range or even worthy of an upgrade since the technology is starting to age a bit.

The memory obviously isn't a problem at the moment.

So that leaves me with the cards. I run right now on a 24 inch display and I'm kind of noticing a problem running the later games in higher details, probably due to the 512 memory allotment on each card across the SLI setup.

But the trouble is I can't really find a new single card or crossfire/sli setup that'd trump the 8800 enough to warrant $200. Recommendations?

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a b U Graphics card
February 7, 2010 4:01:30 AM

Which 8800? A 4890 or 5830(when it comes out) might be a small boost within your price range.

Or maybe a second 8800? Best bang for your buck but no DX11 / future proofing.
February 7, 2010 4:02:34 AM

Sorry I didn't specify. EVGA 8800 GT Superclocked edition.

I forgot to mention I already run the 8800's in SLI.
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a b U Graphics card
February 7, 2010 4:23:24 AM

Two 8800 GT's eh, nothing within you price range will be an improvement.

ATIs HD 5850 would be a slight improvement but that’s a good ~$300.

If you are able to overclock you E8400 up alittle more I think you can squeeze out alittle more performance from those 8800s. 3.4-3.6 Ghz would be good.

Not seeing to many options even if you sold your 8800s that would be enough to get a 5870(not worth the $100 price difference) or crossfire 4890s/5830s(can you run crossfire on that board?).
a b U Graphics card
February 7, 2010 4:50:49 AM

its better if you save those bucks and spend them when your system gets old enough after 1 or 1.5 years...Also if you don't want to save those bucks then you might consider upgrading your cpu to a c2q extreme...Since most of the games to be released this year would be utilizing quad cores,it would give you a significant performance jump...
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