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Opinion on upgrading my graphics card situation

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March 29, 2010 4:08:18 PM

Hey guys,

I guess it's a little too early to really jump into it, but it looks like overall Fermi is a bust. I was hoping to get a best bang for buck upgrade out of my current graphics situation and I partly was interested in SLI (just for fun, but not if it's not the best option for me). My computer serves as a media pc for me often playing HD video on the flat screen above while while I work on the monitor below, sometimes there is noticeable jitter with 1080 HD video playback when I'm doing my graphic design work below. I'm a gamer also, and when I went to play Just Cause 2 this weekend it was very muddy for me. Below is my setup:

I've got a GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core
ASUS Striker II Extreme LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
G.SKILL 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)


I think the best point of attack would be the graphics card(?), I was debating purchasing a second 9800 GT as this business with Fermi seems to be a bust.. but my girlfriend was also interested in purchasing my 9800 from me to upgrade her rig if I wanted to go with a different card altogether, so I can go that route.

I'm not against ATI at all, I just wanted to find the best long term solution... the reason I'm leery of ATI in this case is because if I needed to upgrade later I would not be able to utilize crossfire as my board doesn't support it (only SLI), and I'd be left over with an old ATI card to try and sell.

Opinions? What should I do?
March 29, 2010 4:22:32 PM

What's your monitor's native resolution and PSU wattage?
March 29, 2010 4:41:14 PM

The computer display runs at 1920x1200 and the bigscreen at 1920x1080

I've got a 750 watt corsair PSU in there.. I guess it'd also be worth mentioning that I've got about 6 1TB harddrives sucking up juice.. but I don't think I'm pushing it yet with the PSU.
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March 29, 2010 4:44:13 PM

the most wise choice would be to go with Gtx470
that would be the best option and can sli in future if you want

but if you need it now
go 2xGtx260

the gtx470 costs - 350$ but you need to wait to get it

these both cards are for the resoultion 1980x1050
March 29, 2010 6:15:17 PM

I haven't really heard good things about nvidvia's 470/480 cards, so I hate to think that it would be the best choice.

I'm working on a budget so I'm really tempted to just toss another 9800 GT in there.
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