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Hey guys, me again!

I'm heavily debating between the EVGA 8800GTS 640MB and the EVGA 8800GTX.

Resolution I will be running: 1680x1050
Games I currently play: CS, CS:S, FEAR, UT2004.
Note: I intend to play many more games once I get my Q6600. My current computer sucks donkey.
I was thinking about getting the 8800GTS 640MB, in hopes that the new 9-series is released from nVidia. Then, the prices for the 8800GTX will drop, and/or the 8900 will be released.

What do you guys think?

Thanks!
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AT that resolution there's not even much of a reason to move to a 640MB GTS from a 320MB let alone a GTX. Especially in Source engines as they are still pegging 60FPS with max settings on an X1900XTX at the res. Though I'd still pick up the 640MB version.
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i play fear with the 640 mb verison on high all settings on a 1680x1050 monitor just fine. perfect if you ask me. its the sound card that will help out more then anything.

either you'll be paying the difference when you steup up from msrp, so buy what you wanna spend money on. i say just get a gts for now. but if your psu can power the gtx, its up to you!
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9 series is scheduled for late november.

If you need a card now, buy a 320MB. It will handle anything between now and november and won't put you out of enough cash to buy a 9-series later.
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yeah i think a 640mb would be pretty good,even better if you get the EVGA 8800GTX.
 
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haha, the whole reason why i am considering the gts over the gtx is because of funding. I'm a little under $1700 for a full build (KB, Mouse, entire rig from scratch, have moniter) and it would be nice to save some of my summer cash for school (books, expenses, etc.). so i figure the price of the gtx will drop in late november, then i can step up and save a few bucks.
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i play fear with the 640 mb verison on high all settings on a 1680x1050 monitor just fine. perfect if you ask me. its the sound card that will help out more then anything.

either you'll be paying the difference when you steup up from msrp, so buy what you wanna spend money on. i say just get a gts for now. but if your psu can power the gtx, its up to you!
I'll be paying the difference but at a lower MSRP for the GTX.
My PSU is going to be the Corsair HX 620w

Also, which games do you play?
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I would just get an 8600 to hold you off for several reasons:

1. It will play the games you listed at that resolution just fine.

2. It may be able to handle Bioshock (DX10 title released in 3 weeks)

3. Dirt cheap.

4. When the 9 series is released, the low end cards won't follow for several months. The 8600 won't drastically drop in price at 9 series launch, but the 8800's most definitely will. You stand to lose a lot more money on an 8800, and if you miss your step-up you stand to lose even more.

I sold my 8800 640mb for the reasons listed above. I am 100% satisfied with my decision, and if you didn't tell me I had a weaker card in my system I never would know the difference as far as image quality and gameplay.
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I would just get an 8600 to hold you off for several reasons:

1. It will play the games you listed at that resolution just fine.

2. It may be able to handle Bioshock (DX10 title released in 3 weeks)

3. Dirt cheap.

4. When the 9 series is released, the low end cards won't follow for several months. The 8600 won't drastically drop in price at 9 series launch, but the 8800's most definitely will. You stand to lose a lot more money on an 8800, and if you miss your step-up you stand to lose even more.

I sold my 8800 640mb for the reasons listed above. I am 100% satisfied with my decision, and if you didn't tell me I had a weaker card in my system I never would know the difference as far as image quality and gameplay.
I have been reading a lot of your posts regarding the 8600. But I really haven't seen enough evidence (online articles/reviews) to back up what your saying. FEAR is one of the games that I want to be able to appreciate on all MAX.
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Yeah, if you're going for all maxes on current games with enough room for the future plethora of DX10 games (ESPECIALLY Bioshock! *_*) then you should go GTS. The step-up program works wonders, from what I've heard, and at the end of those 90 days just get yourself a GTX and have even more ability for DX10 games. 90 days can translate to a lot of time, if you're smart with your purchase timing and know when games are coming out.

I honestly have a pretty nil opinion about the 8600-level and lower cards; from what I hear, they're good for the current generation of games, but as I have no personal experience with them, I can't suggest them. Honestly, with games now? You're not going to notice much of a difference, that much I'm sure of, but as we're in sort of a transition era in gaming, between DX9 and DX10, you gotta make the decision based on how future-proofed you want to be.

*edit* Something I forgot to mention; That Corsair 620 is pretty beefy, from what I hear; it should hold up even 2 GTX's in SLI. Don't quote me on this, but I don't see a problem with this working. So don't let that influence your decision, if that is for sure the PSU you're using.
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