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I was wondering, im trying to get the most out of my system for gaming, so i was wondering do i have to go for a gts because i dont have sli or crossfire capabilities? But what do you guys think i should upgrade my video card to?

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For the money I think the 3870 is the best bang for the buck right now.
Non oc'ed the new gt and gts beat it , but cannot OC as well without damaging
the card.
OC'ed the 3870 is a beast!
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9600gt. its new and cheap and offers nearly same performance as 8800gt. it beats the 3850ati card by quite and i think the 3870 and it dosent get as drained whn u turn on Anti-analising like the ati's
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post #4 of 17
either

3870x2
or
wait for something thats better from Nvidia

if you dont want to spend that much

then get

3870
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I would say a Galaxy 8800GT from NCIX. http://www.ncixus.com/products/27328...%20Technology/

Easily the best value right now. It even has an onboard voltage jumper to help OC it.

9600 isn't worth it unless you want to SLI them. 3870 is a great card, but the galaxy price can't be beat.
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Originally Posted by dralb View Post
I would say a Galaxy 8800GT from NCIX. http://www.ncixus.com/products/27328...%20Technology/

Easily the best value right now. It even has an onboard voltage jumper to help OC it.

9600 isn't worth it unless you want to SLI them. 3870 is a great card, but the galaxy price can't be beat.
Great deal on 8800GT. Even better if you can sell your 7900GT so you pay the difference.
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I would say a Galaxy 8800GT from NCIX. http://www.ncixus.com/products/27328...%20Technology/

Easily the best value right now. It even has an onboard voltage jumper to help OC it.

9600 isn't worth it unless you want to SLI them. 3870 is a great card, but the galaxy price can't be beat.
Sorry, but I have to disagree. SLI'd 9600GTs will compete with an 8800GTX, but if he's looking for something in the 3850/3870/9600/8800 area/price range, then I think the 9600GT is the best bang for the buck (see below regarding the 8800GT you posted ). It all depends on what you want to spend, or if price isn't an issue, what kind of performance you want.

I went from the same card you have now (7950GT) to a 9600GT and am very happy with the difference. Keep in mind, I didn't need/want the 8800GTX as I can wait for the 10-series. You can easily OC the 9600GT to perform on par with the 8800GT (I'm at about a 15% OC over stock and running flawlessly...).

That being said, the pricing after rebate for the Galaxy card is very nice, but I'm just not familiar w/ their return policy. I try to stick with eVGA as they're very very responsive. I'm not going to lie though, that's a very tempting price, even before rebate.
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I think maybe the 9600gt or the 8800gt but ati cards are way better for anti-aliasing right?

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Honestly, I can't remember for sure, but seem to remember that the nVidia cards are actually better for AA and AF... someone PLEASE correct me if I'm wrong

EDIT: Take a look @ this: http://www.techspot.com/article/88-g...870/page3.html

The cards seem relatively neck-and-neck, with the 9600GT having the edge on some, and the 3870 having the edge on others with AA off. However, when AA is kicked on however, it seems that the games that 3870 had an edge on, it disappears, and the games that the 9600 was producing higher framerates, it continues to do so.
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Honestly, I can't remember for sure, but seem to remember that the nVidia cards are actually better for AA and AF... someone PLEASE correct me if I'm wrong

EDIT: Take a look @ this: http://www.techspot.com/article/88-g...870/page3.html

The cards seem relatively neck-and-neck, with the 9600GT having the edge on some, and the 3870 having the edge on others with AA off. However, when AA is kicked on however, it seems that the games that 3870 had an edge on, it disappears, and the games that the 9600 was producing higher framerates, it continues to do so.
You're correct.

Go 8800GT for one card...I heard the 9600GT's are killer for SLI, however.
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