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I'm not really sure if I should get an 850W PSU and two 8800 GTXs or a 700W PSU with one 8800 GTX that will eventually be upgraded to a higher card in the future.

I hear that Sli doesn't help as much if the resolutions aren't extremely high. Does anyone know if there is a big performance difference between two 8800 GTXs and one 8800 GTX for 1280x1024 resolution? If the cost is not worth the increase for this resolution, then I'll just get one 8800 GTX that will be upgraded into a higher card in +2 years.

I just want to be able to run Crysis and Alan Wake on maxed out settings when those two are released, and I am not exactly sure if a single 8800 GTX can play those at 60 fps with all the eye candy turned to the highest.

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post #2 of 58
8800GTX SLI will be all like with your screen. Buy a 24" LCD and a 8800GTX.
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SLI is definitely NOT worth it for 1280x1024. You have to get up to 1600x1200 minimum to even start to see differences.

Edit: You should also note that your CPU would be a serious bottleneck for a pair of GTX's. A highly overclocked QX6700 was still slated as the bottleneck in GTX SLI benchmark testing.
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Do you really feel the need to waste that much money on another GPU, that your cpu, nor anyone else's for that matter can even use, fully?

Read the posts in the News section, QX6700's are bottlenecking w/ one 8800....Somethin just tells me your cpu's not up to the task either.
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Hmmm then what about a 20 inch Monitor with 1680x1050? Ah and I'm going to build a brand new rig. Core 2 Duo e6600, Abit AW9D-MAX i975X, and a lot of other stuff.
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Hmmm then what about a 20 inch Monitor with 1680x1050?
While the 20" would definitely be nice, it still won't warrant the need for such graphics overkill. Heck, my mid-low system runs all my games at 1680x1050 with med-high settings. If you want to start noticing the power advantage of the GTX go for 30" 2560x1600.
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post #7 of 58
Imo i would only recommend the 8800GTX or SLI 8800GTX's if you had a min of a Core 2 Duo E6600, High Spec 24" LCD. With your CPU you are really not going to make the most out of one 8800GTX let alone SLI as it will be a terrible bottleneck.
 
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A single 8800GTX could play those games maxed out easily.
    
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If your thinking of the 8800's someday then go bigger. Nvidia recommends a 25" display for best res, on a 7900gt, soooo........ you figure the rest. I couldn't afford that big so I got a HQ 21". Its a HP f2105, or a 21" widescreen. Top res, is 1680x1050 and its got a 1000:1 contrast ratio.

*Oblivion w/ HDR @ highest res, is pleasing to the eye to say the least.
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I hear though that DX10 is going to put most of the gaming pressures onto the GPU and take a load off of the processor.
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