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W/ which would I see a better real world performance increase w/?

a single 8800GTS 512(leaning towards XFX or eVGA, BFGtec is there too, as well as a 1GB palit. lol) Plus 2 more gigs of RAM(crucial Ballistix) plus a duorb cooler(to get a good OC out of 'er and maybe vmod.
or
a single hd3870x2(visiontek most likely).

We're talking real world performance, not 3dm06. I run a 42" 1920x1080 LCD and would like to be able to run most modern(not bleeding edge) games @ 4x AA or > and 16x AF.

thx.

OBTW. However tempted you might be to jsut post some thing like "3870x2" and that's it, please go ahead, but I'd really like an explanation on why and/or why not it's the best choice.
post #2 of 26
Idk I think I would go with the gts and ram. I mean your better off with 4gb of ram for your vista x64. Its kind of a waste with just 2gb.


Plus I hear ddr2 prices are supposed to skyrocket!

The GTS also has better driver support, and although the 3870 beats it in a lot of initial benchmarks, you have to take into account some games don't support crossfire or may not scale well. Also it seems that nvidia has better drivers than ATI at the moment. You should check the performance of catalyst driver 8.3 and then base your decision. Or you can wait until nvidia finally pulls out its 9 series and see what it has to offer.

If you can't wait, then i would say its best to go with the GTS and the ram+cooler by far.
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A single hd3870x2 will probably perform much faster. You may want to wait a couple of weeks for the 9800's with dual GPUs though.
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Originally Posted by lordikon View Post
A single hd3870x2 will probably perform much faster. You may want to wait a couple of weeks for the 9800's with dual GPUs though.
I was under the impression that 3870x2 only performed better in 3dmark, not in games (real world). And, I am pretty sure the price : performace on the 9800's are not good.

Therefore, I would say that the eVGA 8800 GTS 512 is going to be your best bet.
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post #5 of 26
3870x2 for it's potential now and in the future (cats 8.3, to be released today) which improves CF scaling. ATi is now on a roll this year and it seems they have learned well from their mistakes last year.
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I second the idea to wait for the 9800GX2- If you need to do it now though, get the GTS and the ram
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post #7 of 26
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A single hd3870x2 will probably perform much faster. You may want to wait a couple of weeks for the 9800's with dual GPUs though.
Second that,wait a couple weeks and you'll have even more options.
And for sure the 8 series are getting price drops.
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post #8 of 26
I'd wait a bit to see what happens when the 9800s and the new 3870X2s drop. Regardless of what you do, get another 2GB of RAM with Vista64! DDR2 is dirt cheap and Vista64 NEEDS 4GB to run well IMO.
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post #9 of 26
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hmmm. all good answers it appears.

the 9800GTX is going to be nothing but a slightly updated 8800GTS512 w/ tri-sli(which I don't care about since I have a single slot mobo). I'm not gonna play the waiting game any more than I have to. and I'm also very weary of the 9800GX2. I don't see any way to improve the cooling on that card and I very well doubt there will be any decent after market cooling solutions for it.

I think I'll go take a gander and see if is any news about cat 8.3.

BTW I'm trying to keep this upgrade under 500 bucks so if I were to get 2 more gigs of RAM i'd probably have to go w/ the GTS :/
post #10 of 26
As much as I love ATI, I have to recommend the GTS. The HD387x2 doesn't show off it's true power unless you're running on a 2560x1600 monitor. Even then, it is slightly worse than two HD3870's (Because the x2 has GDDR3 and the HD3870 is GDDR4)
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