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You have an 8800gts 512 that overclocks like a bat out of he**, man. I would keep it and spend that same dough on a sli-ready intel rig, if it was me. Look at the difference of our 3dmark06 scores and you'll see why i suggest that instead. You'll literally be so platform-bottlenecked that you probably will see almost no difference by upgrading to the GX2 in a majority of scenarios, esp. with that 19" monitor you've got. When you have more dough, get another 8800GTS 512 for SLI, they should be cheaper by then too.
    
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its tough cuz i dunno exactly when everything is coming out. if you DID buy the 9800gx2 now, youd only be spending $240.. vs whatever youd have to pay for a new one with a new rig. if you go SLI, sure its about the same price but then you have to get the sli board too.

if youre getting a new mobo etc anyway and you would be FINE with the 9800gx2 for the next year, i dont see a problem with taking advantage of your stepup. sure it'll be kinda lopsided with the rest of your PC but if youre going to be getting a new setup anyway and keep the gx2 long term, i dont think its a bad idea.

new tech ALWAYS comes out, i bit the bullet and bought my e8400 rig beginning of this year. im glad i did it. better stuff is already out, but this thing will last me at least a year into "nehalem". by then everyones gonna be talking about the NEXT gen and so on and so forth.

its all about what you want. if you want the gx2, which is now priced around $600 for $240, do it. upgrade the rest of your PC over the next few months. youll have a great card and a good rig too.
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Yes I'm building a new computer and I'm going to use my current computer with my old 550 watt power supply and my old X1900xt graphics card. I'm just trying to spread out how much I buy at one time.
I think this is a bad idea. Take your first option... If you bought a 9800GX2 now, you wouldn't see near the performance you should until you upgrade the rest. By the time you upgrade the rest, the 9800GX2 will probably be cheaper and the 9900 line might even be out. If you upgrade slowly, I think you end up wasting money and time.

Either take the plunge and do the full upgrade now, or wait and do the full upgrade in a few months. Buying over time is a waste IMO.
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Get a 680i evga NVIDIA motherboard, find one around $200, get the G.skill 1000 4gig $120. Q6600 $269. Prices Newegg and us. Also they are educated guesses too lol. I'm on blackberry. Then later get a 2nd gts and a 22" monitor. Also after market cooler
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You're saying that you plan on using your old 550 watt PSU on your new build. Check the amperage on that because a lot of the older power supplies use rather weak rails, which will cause stability issues with a newer rig. Be sure you get a power supply that has 20+4 main, 4+4 or 4 and 8-pin motherboard, a couple of 6-pin or better yet 6+2-pin PCI-Express, and at least 600 watts.

Now, I have seen older PSUs go a long way. A build I just did for a buddy of mine consisted of a Gigabyte P35-DS3L, E4500, 2 hard drives, 3 120mm fans, and an old 7300 GS OC. The power supply he is using is a 450 watt with a 20-pin main, dual rail, 16 amps per rail and was still able to OC his E4500 to 3.2 GHz without stability issues (so far). Now, though it is possible, it's not recommended. You're better off with a new PSU just to be safe, so add that to your list (about $120 for a decent one).
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You're saying that you plan on using your old 550 watt PSU on your new build. Check the amperage on that because a lot of the older power supplies use rather weak rails, which will cause stability issues with a newer rig. Be sure you get a power supply that has 20+4 main, 4+4 or 4 and 8-pin motherboard, a couple of 6-pin or better yet 6+2-pin PCI-Express, and at least 600 watts.

Now, I have seen older PSUs go a long way. A build I just did for a buddy of mine consisted of a Gigabyte P35-DS3L, E4500, 2 hard drives, 3 120mm fans, and an old 7300 GS OC. The power supply he is using is a 450 watt with a 20-pin main, dual rail, 16 amps per rail and was still able to OC his E4500 to 3.2 GHz without stability issues (so far). Now, though it is possible, it's not recommended. You're better off with a new PSU just to be safe, so add that to your list (about $120 for a decent one).
No I'm using my old 550 Watt Antec True Power supply for my computer that I have now minus the 8800GTS G92, X-FI sound card (I have a X1900 single crossfire card that I'm going to put back in once I figure out when if I'm going to step-up and upgrade). I'm going to be stripping out all of the good stuff that I currently have to use in my "new" case with all "new parts". ***I already have the 700 Watt Extreme OCZ power supply which is more than adequate***
    
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For the best performance increase you need to go for the following upgrades before your GX2

-Motherboard - 680i or 780i would be fine. 790i no need for ddr3 ram.
-RAM Decent 800 or 1066 RAM would be fine for this.
-CPU Either q6600 or e8400 (My e8400 will be here tomorrow and I can give more imput as to game performance compared to the quad this weekend)

So right now I would say no to your orginal question. The GX2 would not be a good purchase unless you wanted to add another 240 to step it up AFTER you upgrade the above componets.
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A decent 750i like the MSI would work too ...
    
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Get a 9900 when it releases n step to that
    
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