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Which is better for the long run the nvidia 8800gts(g92) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814143119 for about $250 or the ati radeon 3870x2 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102723 for about $400. I'm looking to make a long term investment so i don't have to upgrade for a few years, $400 is the most I will pay but I'm open to any alternatives and I'm open to different cards as well. I also plan on playing at anywhere between 1680 x 1050 and 1920 x 1200 resolution, let me know what you think
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First off, you should really fill out your system profile so we know exactly what you're working with. You could be trying to upgrade your graphics card using a Celeron processor (not saying that's the case), and the answer would be neither, upgrade the CPU/Mobo first. Just an example.

But getting to the point:

IMO, 3870x2 > 8800GTS G92

For $400 MAX:

Does your board support SLI or Crossfire or neither?

If yes SLI, SLI 9600GT's (or SLI 8800GT's if you can find them cheap enough, which is looking like a possibility, 8800GT > 9600GT but not by much)

If yes Crossfire, HD3870 x 2 (NOT 3870x2) in Crossfire. This is better performance than the 3870x2 (since the 3870x2 is just underclocked 3870 GPU's in on-board Crossfire), and it's actually cheaper.

If neither, single PCI-E slot, no SLI or Crossfire, 3870x2.
     
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If you have an SLi capable motherboard then you'd be better off getting two 8800GT 512MB cards with a $400 budget.
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Yep. 2 HD 3870's > 3870x2. But if you have a SLI motherboard, get 2 8800GT 512's.
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Originally Posted by c00lkatz View Post
First off, you should really fill out your system profile so we know exactly what you're working with. You could be trying to upgrade your graphics card using a Celeron processor (not saying that's the case), and the answer would be neither, upgrade the CPU/Mobo first. Just an example.

But getting to the point:

IMO, 3870x2 > 8800GTS G92

For $400 MAX:

Does your board support SLI or Crossfire or neither?

If yes SLI, SLI 9600GT's (or SLI 8800GT's if you can find them cheap enough, which is looking like a possibility, 8800GT > 9600GT but not by much)

If yes Crossfire, HD3870 x 2 (NOT 3870x2) in Crossfire. This is better performance than the 3870x2 (since the 3870x2 is just underclocked 3870 GPU's in on-board Crossfire), and it's actually cheaper.

If neither, single PCI-E slot, no SLI or Crossfire, 3870x2.
I'm not exactly sure where you are pulling some of this information. but hd3870's on average are not higher clocked than HD3870X2's. In fact I believe most tests had the 3870X2 slightly faster than crossfired 3870's.
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