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8800GT - Upgrade or SLI?

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July 20, 2010 11:35:17 PM

I'm looking for some advice on upgrading my graphics hardware. I’m currently running a single EVGA 8800GT Superclocked, and would like to upgrade for $150 or less ($200, if it’s an amazing upgrade). As I see it, the three best options are…
1) buy a 2nd 8800gt and SLI them
2) buy a newer card and use the 8800gt for Physx
3) sell the 8800gt and add that money to my budget (probably $70 - $100).

Option 1 was always my plan, but it’s been so long since building my rig that I’m not sure it’s the best option anymore. Option 1 is probably the cheapest, although I’ve been using the card for 2.5 years now, so who knows how much life it has left. Options 2 and 3 are much more “future-proof” if I decide to SLI the new card later. Option 2 could be underwhelming b/c of lack of Physx support, and the possibility that the 8800gt isn’t a great Physx card. Option 3 could land me a great card, but is kind of a hassle since I’ll be selling my only card and will have to decide on and purchase a new card immediately. Option 3 could also cause a major CPU bottleneck if I go overboard on the GPU.

Here’s my specs:
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 @ 3Ghz
MB: EVGA nForce 780i (using on-board sound)
GPU: EVGA 8800GT Superclocked
RAM: 4GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2
PSU: Antec Truepower Q 850W
HD 1: 150GB WD Raptor (10K RPM)
HD 2: 1.5TB Seagate (7200 RPM)
OS: Windows 7 64-bit
Max Res: 1920x1200

Nothing has ever been overclocked, but I’m considering it. I mostly play single-player FPS and Action/RPG. Recent titles include Splinter Cell: Conviction, Mass Effect 2, Dragon Age, Cryostasis, Oblivion, Fallout 3, Crysis + Warhead, and Far Cry 2. Of course, I’d like to be able to keep playing these kinds of games as they come out in the future, as long as the rest of my system holds up.

I’d appreciate any advice. Thanks, and sorry for the long post!

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a c 271 U Graphics card
July 20, 2010 11:47:16 PM

Unless you can get a second 8800GT dirt cheap (less than $50 in an unopened box!) then I would suggest a GTX460 and use the existing 8800GT for a PhysX card.
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a b U Graphics card
July 21, 2010 8:03:43 AM

I agree with mousemonkey as stated above.
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a c 169 U Graphics card
July 21, 2010 8:11:36 AM

+1^
I would only go with another 8800GT if its cheap,otherwise go with a GTX 460.
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July 21, 2010 8:12:37 AM

+1 Agree with the 460 (1gb version ftw)
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a c 153 U Graphics card
July 21, 2010 10:16:50 AM

Mousemonkey said:
Unless you can get a second 8800GT dirt cheap (less than $50 in an unopened box!) then I would suggest a GTX460 and use the existing 8800GT for a PhysX card.


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July 21, 2010 2:30:21 PM

GTX 460 1 Gb, plus you would not get more than 40$ on ur 8800 since a new GTS 250 is 90$
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July 21, 2010 10:38:48 PM

Great, thanks for the advise. It looks like the lowest price on the 1GB version is $240, so that's definately pushing my budget. On the other hand, I could probably do it if I sell my 8800GT. Is it even worth keeping as a Physx card? Thanks again.
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a c 271 U Graphics card
July 21, 2010 10:44:02 PM

wiekey said:
Great, thanks for the advise. It looks like the lowest price on the 1GB version is $240, so that's definately pushing my budget. On the other hand, I could probably do it if I sell my 8800GT. Is it even worth keeping as a Physx card? Thanks again.

If you own or intend to get one of the 16 or so games that can actually make use of it then perhaps it might be, if not then ebay it and get some beer tokens back.
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July 29, 2010 2:15:06 PM

Best answer selected by wiekey.
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