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also, I read in CPU last year in one of thier big pieces that SLI/Cross fire seems to show its virtue only in large resolution environments, if you look around for SLI benchmarks you will see what I mean. This seems to make sense, the level of quality does't change but the quantity does. Generally (if your monitor is insane) it is better to get one good cards than two ok cards. For example a single 8800GTS/320 versus two 8600GTs. take a look at this if you want, it seems relevant.
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well put. *IF* i had the money i would most certanly get an 8800GTS or GTX, but as i am poor, lol.....

I was looking at some benchmarks and game testing and the 8600GTS seems like the best mid-range card in preformance. I think ill probly get one of these. Would i be able to see a diffrence if i had a single 8600GTS VS. SLI dual 8600GTS? I dont think the preformance gain would be that much given the price for a new board and second card, but i thought i would ask.
    
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I know this is out of your budget, but if you can spare $30, you can get this.

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...232&CatId=2669
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One HD 2900XT 512MB or 8800GTS 320MB now, and another one later, or upgrade to a 9-Series / HD 2950.
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Look beyond 3DMark, it lies.. horribly.

look at the 8600's performance in games, it is always beate by the 7950GT, and usually beaten by the 7900GS. the 7900GS by the way could be put into SLI for a little more than a single 8600 GTS. Look around Ebay, the 7900GT is a bit better than the 7900GS and is just a downclocked 7900GTX minus some memory.

the 7900GT can be had for $90-100, 7900GS for the same, and a 7900GTX for ~$150 on ebay. The ATI cards all are ridiculously overpriced compared to how cheap the nvidia cards have gotten on ebay.
    
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humm well if i can muster the money for an 8800gts ill get it. Otherwise it looks like the 8600Gts is the winner.
    
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I second the 7900GS. I was in a similar predicament about 2 weeks ago.

I figured by the time DX10 becomes mainstream, the cost of the cards will go down substantially. So for the time being get a good DX9 card that will hold you over and eventually will be a backup for you. Just because DX10 is coming out, doesn't mean that the future won't be DX9 compatible. it will and your good DX9 card will last you.

I paid $100 for my new XFX 7900GS which I just volt-modded (GPU only) and will volt mod the memory as soon as I pickup a better cooler.

So for around $130 (w/ aftermarket cooling) I will have a monster card that will easily last me at least a year if not 2 and I didn't break the bank.

DX10 right now is more of a marketing scheme than anything else. You aren't really going to use it and by the time you do, you will get a 8800GTS 640mb for half the price. Just watch.
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humm sounds like a good idea, i like your thinking. So is a 7900 or a 7950 better?
    
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Look beyond 3DMark, it lies.. horribly.

look at the 8600's performance in games, it is always beate by the 7950GT, and usually beaten by the 7900GS. the 7900GS by the way could be put into SLI for a little more than a single 8600 GTS. Look around Ebay, the 7900GT is a bit better than the 7900GS and is just a downclocked 7900GTX minus some memory.

the 7900GT can be had for $90-100, 7900GS for the same, and a 7900GTX for ~$150 on ebay. The ATI cards all are ridiculously overpriced compared to how cheap the nvidia cards have gotten on ebay.
How can you say that? An x1950XT is like $170 after a rebate, $200 before, and performs extremely well. Plus, an x1950Pro, for $140 beats a 7900GS pretty handily in most games and benchmarks.

While they may be a little bit more expensive on average, they are not ridiculously overpriced. Not only do ATI cards support HDR and AA simultaneously, which nVidia does not, but they also, for the most part, get better framerates with the competing cards. x1950Pro > 7900GS, x1900XT > 7900GT, x1950XT > 7900GTX, etc.

Yes, ATI cards may be a little more, pound for pound, than nVidia cards. But you get what you pay for.
    
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How can you say that? An x1950XT is like $170 after a rebate, $200 before, and performs extremely well. Plus, an x1950Pro, for $140 beats a 7900GS pretty handily in most games and benchmarks.

While they may be a little bit more expensive on average, they are not ridiculously overpriced. Not only do ATI cards support HDR and AA simultaneously, which nVidia does not, but they also, for the most part, get better framerates with the competing cards. x1950Pro > 7900GS, x1900XT > 7900GT, x1950XT > 7900GTX, etc.

Yes, ATI cards may be a little more, pound for pound, than nVidia cards. But you get what you pay for.
I was talking about on Ebay, the Radeon cards go for about what they do at retail, the nvidia cards (7900 GS & GT) go for around $100. If you look at his options for buying stuff Newegg, then his options are pretty limited to x1950XT's, GT's or PRO's. The x1950Pro is better than the 7900GS but the 7900GS overclocks like mad. The reason I was suggesting those cards is because they overclock like crazy, for example, people have been known to overclock the 7900GT (~$100) to 7900 GTX levels.

ATI is god like, beats Nvidia at everything, there I said it for you. I am trying to get this guy a card that performs well and is well within his budget, so can you please get off my back and quite being a fanboy? Our job is to help him, not bicker about which brand is better, I am merely giving him one option to consider, maybe you should try the same.
    
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