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Poll Results: What should I do??

 
  • 56% (9)
    Keep 8800 GT, get new SLI Board, go SLI with GT's
  • 6% (1)
    Buy GTS (G92) and buy new SLI board in the distant future
  • 6% (1)
    Buy GTX and buy another SLI board in the distant future
  • 6% (1)
    go with the 3870's in crossfire, and worry about a better Crossfire board in the future, OR
  • 25% (4)
    Just get a 3870 X2, and worry about Crossfire board later..
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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
I didn't know where to put this thread... due to the fact that I'm torn on what to do...

Situation:

I've got a Palit 8800 GT and a Crossfire motherboard, though one PCI-E is x16, and the other is x4. So I'm wondering....

Should I get a better nvidia based graphics card.... ie the 8800 GTS (G92) or should I get a 8800 GTX and go SLI in the future with an SLI board?

or should I get a SLI board now (if so, which one would you recommend --- i'm currrently eyeing this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...Tpk=XFX%2b780I)

OR should I get two 3870's and go crossfire (or just get the 3870 X2) and then get a better Crossfire board for later (I'm thinking the Asus P5E).

Basically I'm confused on which way to go.

If it's the SLI way, what's better??

Basically my options:

1. Keep 8800 GT, get new SLI Board, go SLI with GT's
2. Buy GTS (G92) and buy new SLI board in the distant future
3. Buy GTX and buy another SLI board in the distant future
4. Just go ahead and go with the 3870's in crossfire, and worry about a better Crossfire board in the future, or
5. Just get a 3870 X2, and worry about Crossfire board later..

I'm just lost in terms of the GT vs GTS vs GTX stuff, and i'm a huge noob.

Any advice would be much appreciated.

Sorry for being confused,

Shawnj0
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post #2 of 16
I say go with option 5, but that's just my opinion. Don't go crossfire with 2 3870s, as the x4 pci-e slot would bottleneck it.
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anyone? I'm in dire need of advice!
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post #4 of 16
i would say option 1, best bang per buck, my opinion, since the 8800 GT matches 8800GTS at smaller res. (so ive heard) anyways, im planning on SLI'ing 2 8800GT's as well. if you do decide on this, you'll have to let me know how it goes.
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post #5 of 16
None of the above!
You have a solid PC right now, let the new fangled cards come out and wait a bit to see where it all goes in about a few months.
If your card and system sucked, that would be a different story
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by The Duke View Post
None of the above!
You have a solid PC right now, let the new fangled cards come out and wait a bit to see where it all goes in about a few months.
If your card and system sucked, that would be a different story
>.< why didnt i think outside the box?

i second him.
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post #7 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Duke View Post
None of the above!
You have a solid PC right now, let the new fangled cards come out and wait a bit to see where it all goes in about a few months.
If your card and system sucked, that would be a different story
Yep. Besides that, xfire/SLI are not always the most cost effective way of boosting performance. Yes they are both nice to have if you can spare the cash, but they don't offer enough of a boost to say 100% that a multi card config will decimate any single socket option.

Bottom line...first make a budget. How much is it worth to you? Second, think about what you play and plan to play. Look at the websites for the games, review sites, and forums to find out which option suits your needs. Sometimes SLI is faster, sometimes xfire is, and sometimes you don't see much benefit over going with a single high end card. It all depends on the game you're playing.
 
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post #8 of 16
I would DEFINITELY stick with your 8800GT until it's worth upgrading. I'm sticking with mine until nvidia or ATI releases a single GPU card with performance equal to what the 9x line was supposed to be.
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post #9 of 16
i would wait it out and see how the nvidia GX2 perform. i have the same problem right now with my Mars motherboard. i am thinking of waiting and getting the GX2 or ati's dual gpu card. not sure so i am just waiting. and plus your 8800gt is better than my 8800gts 640mb.
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post #10 of 16
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Thanks to everyone for suggesting what I should do...

I seem to agree with duke and everyone on this, I think i'll just stick with what I have. It is a pretty solid system so far, and I dont really have the budget to shell out X amount of dollars anway...

Thanks for the help guys
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