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So my PSU died and took my motherboard with it. I'm replacing the PSU/board/CPU with an Intel E2180, Abit P35-E, and Corsair 550VX. I'm keeping my Aurora case, DVD drive, HDD's and Zalman 9700.

So here's the question: Do I keep my 7900GT and 2x1GB of excellent RAM (it's version 1.3, so it has the D9's), or do I upgrade to an 8800GT and 2x2GB memory? I have legal access to Microsoft Vista 64-bit for free through my school's MSDN Alliance, and I've been wanting a reason to upgrade from XP Pro. Here's what I'm considering:

$200 - eVGA 8800GT (after $30 MIR)
$110 - 2x2GB DDR2 1000 G.Skill

My 7900GT plays my current games (only CS Source and Civ4) just fine, but with a new card I'm sure I'd find some new games. What do you guys think, go for it now or wait for the new cards? If prices are going to drop considerably then I'm fine waiting, but if this is pretty much rock bottom I might as well complete the new system now.

Since I assume you guys are more up to date on the vid card industry than me, do you anticipate:
a) Prices on the 8800GT or 9600GT to drop significantly (more than 10-15%) in the next couple months? or...
b) The new line of cards to far outperform the 8800GT and 9600GT and be offered for less than $300?

Thanks for the input
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id wait but thats just me cuz i want to do a major upgrade n i wanna c what the new cards have to offer as far as price n performance goes.
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If you're going to wait for the best to drop in price, you're going to be waiting forever. Computer technology is such a fast moving industry that it's just to buy what you can when you're ready to buy. Otherwise, as soon as that hot new 9x00 card comes out, you'll want that...but you'll want to wait for it to drop in price first. By the time it drops in price, the new 9y000 card will be out. And then you'll want that instead so you'll wait for the price to drop.

So, my advice is to just go for it if you have the money in hand right now. Gotta cut bait sometime in order to get some fishing done.

However, if you don't have the money right now, save up and then get what is currently the hot setup at that price point when you're ready.

EDIT: Whatever you do, when you upgrade and get Vista x64, definitely go for the 4gb of RAM. Vista will run fine on 2gb (at least it did for me) but 4gb is just that much smoother for gaming.
     
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For now just get the Mobo and PSU, then in a few months, decide whether you still want the 8800GT. If your current card is good for what you do, then there's really no reason to upgrade.
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prices on the 8800gt are coming down, i just got an email of the specials from ***egg and they have an evga 8800gt 512mb for 239.99 on special and it has a 30 dollar mail in rebate so it'll be 209. wait til the 9800 come out then decide
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For now just get the Mobo and PSU, then in a few months, decide whether you still want the 8800GT. If your current card is good for what you do, then there's really no reason to upgrade.
Yes, the voice of reason that I currently hear in the back of my head. This is definitely what I should do.

I think I might just compromise and upgrade the memory/OP system. When I decide there's a game I MUST have, then I'll throw down for whatever is giving the best bang for the buck. Until then, to the bank I go with my extra $200. There's no issue running an old DX9 card in Vista 64 bit is there?

And thank you e_dogg for your points as well, very valid. At some point I definitely do have to just dive in and upgrade but I guess it's not really needed right now.

EDIT: And thank you mastertrixter as well
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you can also get a 8800GT direct from evga and make use of thier 3 month step up program. If something new comes out bigger and better, you can trade in the 8800GT for credit for the better one
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agree with firemarshallbill on this one
    
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you can still step-up if you buy from newegg...
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you can also get a 8800GT direct from evga and make use of thier 3 month step up program. If something new comes out bigger and better, you can trade in the 8800GT for credit for the better one
Hmm, that's tempting, but then there's extra shipping costs and I'd probably be too lazy to upgrade lol. For most people this would be the way to go but I think I'll just wait until I need it.
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