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I am currently trying to decide between the 7950gt and the 8800GTS from evga right now. The 7950gt is $270 and the 8800GTS is $400 and i was thinking about getting the 7950gt and stepping up to the 8600GT later but i dunno if I wanna wait that long when i can just future proof right now. Plus if the 8800GTX drops down to $400 i could upgrade to that later. I can't decide!
    
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Get the 7950GT and upgrade later. The only difference right now is speed (8800 being faster obviously). However, prices *might* drop within 90 days, and it's possible you can indeed pick up an 8800GTX. Otherwise, probably a bit cheaper 8800GTS.

The 7950GT is capable enough for current games.
    
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Is there any difference between the 256 and 512 models? Also, what kinda FPS do you think I would see in games like Rainbow Six Vegas or BF2142? I have no point of reference when it comes to these cards and I just want playable framerates with some eye candy at 1680x1050
    
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oh yeah how is that 6700 going for ya? That one has a really nice stepping.
    
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Did you decide to return your 8800 GTX because of buyers remorse? Or is this for another computer? Anyways, I agree with Chozart (welcome back btw), go with the 7950 and vmod that sucker, should last you a while... and when you are ready to upgrade just sell it to a forum member!

PS. My 7900 GT 256 (650/1800) was playable at 1440*900 max settings, 4aa, 8af. Only time it would drop below 25 would be during arti strikes. That being said, I usually played at 2aa, 4af.
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oh yeah how is that 6700 going for ya? That one has a really nice stepping.
Still no time to really play with it a lot. So far, with my current board, it somehow does seem to need quite a bit of voltage... We'll see. Stable at 3.4GHz though.
    
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yea im having buyers remorse with this 8800GTX, performance just doesn't seem to be worth $600 call me crazy. yea, FYI chozart everyone that got a 6700 from me says they really need to bump up the voltage to get in the 3.6-4.0 arena. I'm talking like 1.6vcore for 4ghz! Also, will I see any performance increase from the 512mb edition of the 7950gt?
    
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Also, will I see any performance increase from the 512mb edition of the 7950gt?
Yes, especially at the higher resolution that you are running the games at.

PS. I dont think you would be disappointed with the 7950 at all, especially if you throw on a Zalman VF-900 and Vmod it.
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Is there any difference between the 256 and 512 models? Also, what kinda FPS do you think I would see in games like Rainbow Six Vegas or BF2142? I have no point of reference when it comes to these cards and I just want playable framerates with some eye candy at 1680x1050
Well I run BF2 maxxed out @ 1280x1024 and I never go below 60 FPS. In Rainbow Six Vegas which taxes any card out, I max that out and get ~40 FPS. It makes mince meat of any computer... Except SLI'd 8800GTXs

-JoeUbi

P.S. I got those frames at stock clockspeeds 565/715. Also 1280x1024 is the high my LCD goes
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Joe... if I slap my X1900's back into one rig again, I'd probably give your rig more than a good run

Likely, I can take that 7950 on with a single X1900
    
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