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June 27, 2010 2:30:19 AM

I am looking to upgrade my graphics card and wanted some advice before I make a decision.

Currently I am running my old 8800GT overclocked but its just not enough playing Bad Company 2 on my monitor (1920x1200). I want to be able to use some decent settings at my native resolution and was considering my options and what would be most cost effective.

I am using a Nvidia 680i mobo so I could buy another 8800GT OC to run in SLI or I could buy newer more powerful card to replace it with. I am leaning towards another 8800 in SLI as I could almost double my fps for fairly cheap, but I am not sure if it will be enough to run BC2 smoothly at the settings I would like.

What do you guys think? Thanks in advance.

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a c 235 U Graphics card
June 27, 2010 2:35:36 AM

mousemonkey runs the 8800GT in SLI so he should be able to tell you if it can handle BFBC2 @ 1920x1200

i would personally get a new card, ive never liked SLI/CF. too many issues with heat, noise, drivers, patches and often investing in older tech.
June 27, 2010 4:46:31 AM

Well if I were to go the new card route whats the best bang for the buck? I read the "best card for the money" article for June 2010 and the 5770 seems to be a good deal, but should I aim my sights a little higher for the performance that I want? Also would it really do that much better than 2x 8800GTs?
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a c 189 U Graphics card
June 27, 2010 6:57:54 AM

Agree with ct1615, you'll better with a single card.
HD5770 is a good choice, but depend on the rest of your system, HD5850 is a future proof card, it will last longer than HD5770...
List your complete specs here so we could give suggestions for you. :) 
a c 271 U Graphics card
June 27, 2010 12:59:49 PM

I've seen it running on my friends rig (which is the same as mine save for the CPU, he has an E6850@ 3.0 and I have an E8400 @ 3.0) and it was chucking out between 30 and 60 fps depending on what was going on at the time, at some point I'll have to borrow it and install it on my machine to see if I get the same.

Edited for correct CPU identification. :whistle: 
June 27, 2010 3:46:17 PM

Thanks mousemonkey. Do you have any idea what settings he was running it on?

Also my specs:

Q6600 at stock 2.4GHz
4GB DDR2
EVGA Nvidia 680i mobo
1920x1200 resolution monitor

Can't think of anything else that would be very relevant.
a c 271 U Graphics card
June 27, 2010 3:52:19 PM

I'm pretty sure that everything is on the default settings apart from the music being turned off and the res being changed depending whether he is on the 22" @16 x 10 or 42" plasma @19 x10.
June 27, 2010 4:04:27 PM

Alright, thanks.

Right now I am leaning towards getting another 8800GT as its cheaper and based on the charts it would provide better performance than a single 5770. Unless there is something I'm not considering this seems like the better option.

Where would be the best place to get a 8800GT? Obviously none of the major retailers sell them anymore.
a c 271 U Graphics card
June 27, 2010 4:17:51 PM

Zenze said:
Obviously none of the major retailers sell them anymore.

That is going to be the fly in the ointment, I haven't seen one for sale anywhere in the past year or so and I wouldn't trust a second hand card bought on ebay. This is one of the problems with dual card configs, I decided to go with two cards from the outset as I fell foul of the "get one now and add another later" mantra with my 7900GT set up, because when I came to buy a second card they had disappeared but I was lucky in that I was able to do a deal with my friend that involved me buying a 7900GTO and swapping it for his 7900GT and that worked out great for both of us because at the time he had a non SLi mobo.
a c 235 U Graphics card
June 27, 2010 4:50:52 PM

can you SLI a 8800GT & 9800GT? since they are really the same card
a c 271 U Graphics card
June 27, 2010 4:58:26 PM

ct1615 said:
can you SLI a 8800GT & 9800GT? since they are really the same card

Not straight off the bat no, the 9800GT's have hybrid power and the 8800GT does not so the BIOS of the 9800 would have to be re flashed with that of an 8800 and whilst I've seen forum posts from people who reckon it works I have not seen it with my own eyes so I can't recommend it as there is always the chance that it's complete bull and the OP may just end up with a brand new paperweight.
June 27, 2010 9:55:36 PM

I think that I'm just going to have to risk a ebay one...
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