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I've ordered all my new parts (see sig) but as I see more and more charts for the 9600GT, I'm not sure I made the right decision.

I got the GeForce 8800GT 512mb Extreme for $229 i think it was, and I'm considering sending it back, and buying a 9600GT instead.

The only games I play are: Counterstrike: Source, Team Fortress 2, Half Life (all of em), but with this new build, I planned on playing games like Rainbow Six, Cod4, and a few other FPS ones, but not Crysis.

Should I stick with my 8800GT? Or send it back, get the 9600GT, and possibly another one for SLI within the next few months?
    
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Should I stick with my 8800GT? Or send it back, get the 9600GT, and possibly another one for SLI within the next few months?
Keep the 8800GT and if necessary get a second 8800GT at a later date.
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Will I be able to breeze through my games with one? I don't necessarily need AA on, I would just like to play at 1680x1050 with high settings.
    
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the 8800 is the better card but I am a sucker for sli infact I've never even had a single card setup my vote goes for sli 8800's
    
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I understand SLI is better with 8800s than 1 9600GT, that's kind of obvious. But will one 8800GT be able to play my games just fine? like, 45-50fps average?
    
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Will I be able to breeze through my games with one? I don't necessarily need AA on, I would just like to play at 1680x1050 with high settings.
From the games you listed, Half Life 2 and CounerStrike Source being quite old, you don't need much power to run them. Like I said, if you feel that you require more power in the future, or start playing more demanding games, then simply add a second 8800GT.

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I understand SLI is better with 8800s than 1 9600GT, that's kind of obvious. But will one 8800GT be able to play my games just fine? like, 45-50fps average?
Of course it will, an overclocked 7800GS could.
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The 8800 will be able to play all of your games with 60+ FPS, i have a 8600 and im able to play all of my games with 45-70 FPS, games like Oblivion, BF2 Dark Messiah. so your anwser is, yes, that should be able to play all of your games with above ideal frames.

But i would SLI just for the fun of it
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Yeah. Any idea on Cod4 and Team Fortress 2?

The only thing I've really played them on so far is my dad's PC. And that has C2D 8400 @ 3.4Ghz, xfx 680i mobo, 2xGeForce 7800 GTX, and I can max everything and get 100fps on that. I know one 8800GT won't be that good, more than likely, but I just need it to look decent and be smooth. I guess I will add another in the future if I need it.
    
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I understand SLI is better with 8800s than 1 9600GT, that's kind of obvious. But will one 8800GT be able to play my games just fine? like, 45-50fps average?
That'll be a breeze for the 8800GT man, I've played all of those games on a vanilla card with zero issues. I've had SLI of those cards and pulled 40fps with everything on high in Crysis DX10 in Vista 64-bit. That's a strong statement for that card.
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Me mate has an 8800GT on an AMD X2 6000+ And he easily max's out TF2
    
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