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One and only frustrating things about being a PC gamer is that ever growing annoyance of developers constantly trying to push the Gfx when, there is no need to and using the latest hardware features(for example SM). I am sure I can speak on behalf of everyone who wants to play the latest game but the joy is sadly destroyed because the graphics card doesn't support it.

I am just wondering what is the expected lifecycle for 8800gt interms of when it becomes the minimum requirement or its obsolete ? I know its a bit hard to tell these days but what the actual lifecycle for a mid-range gfx?
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8800GT is not mid-range, it's pretty high end. I'd say it'd be good for at least 2 years
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One and only frustrating things about being a PC gamer is that ever growing annoyance of developers constantly trying to push the Gfx when, there is no need to and using the latest hardware features(for example SM). I am sure I can speak on behalf of everyone who wants to play the latest game but the joy is sadly destroyed because the graphics card doesn't support it.

I am just wondering what is the expected lifecycle for 8800gt interms of when it becomes the minimum requirement or its obsolete ? I know its a bit hard to tell these days but what the actual lifecycle for a mid-range gfx?
So you're saying that you cannot enjoy the latest games without playing them at the highest graphical levels? Does that mean the highest graphical levels should be reduced so that more people can play them at the highest graphical levels?

That really doesn't make any sense TBH. You can still play any game out on the market today with a 3 or 4 year old video card. The higher settings in modern games are just for those that actually have a higher-end card. What's wrong with that?
post #4 of 11
i wouldn't say quite 2 years, but definitely 1

somewhere in between

you'd be good if you got an 8800GT
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So you're saying that you cannot enjoy the latest games without playing them at the highest graphical levels? Does that mean the highest graphical levels should be reduced so that more people can play them at the highest graphical levels?

That really doesn't make any sense TBH. You can still play any game out on the market today with a 3 or 4 year old video card. The higher settings in modern games are just for those that actually have a higher-end card. What's wrong with that?
Dude I have no problem with resolution nor do I have playing @ medium.
Although, I am spending 500 odd dollars after two graphics card;they should technically last me 3-5 years. However,its the damn features and compatibility issue which really get to me. Like for example, when Splinter cell DA(I still have it and its collection dust) it required SM 3.0 I was unable to play that game(still can't) due to the fact that it need a SM 3.0 graphics card which at the time that was relatively new . I managed to play Crysis and not SCDA how stupid is that.

After all dude money may grow on trees to NVIDIA and ATi and a lot of people on this forum but to me it doesn't. I for once care about and respect money. It maybe used a commodity or an exchange medium but I for once don't like to see my money being blown away.
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Well spending twice as much money for 1.4x the performance on video cards is blowing your money away. The 8800GT supports SM4.0, so it will play new games for I guarantee 3-4 years. Maybe not max or high, but it will play them.

I used to play Carbon on a 6600GT on high settings except for shaders and it ran smoothly.
post #7 of 11
Just get 1x 8800gt for now.

If you want to go all out, wait a couple of months for the new GPUs, but if you get a new comp with SLI now, you'll be disappointed in a couple of months when a new single card beats them.
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Just get 1x 8800gt for now.

If you want to go all out, wait a couple of months for the new GPUs, but if you get a new comp with SLI now, you'll be disappointed in a couple of months when a new single card beats them.
Yeah I know that. The 9800gx2 destroys this card in terms of performance. But really its a bloody expensive card(whats NVIDIA thinking). How does Crysis perform with your card?
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Well spending twice as much money for 1.4x the performance on video cards is blowing your money away. The 8800GT supports SM4.0, so it will play new games for I guarantee 3-4 years. Maybe not max or high, but it will play them.

I used to play Carbon on a 6600GT on high settings except for shaders and it ran smoothly.
Well I know that. But really I am not going to do an upgrade after this. At least not for another 5-7 years. So do you recommend me getting a 8800gts(g92) instead?
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Yeah I know that. The 9800gx2 destroys this card in terms of performance. But really its a bloody expensive card(whats NVIDIA thinking). How does Crysis perform with your card?
Actually I was thinking along the lines of the ATI RV770 and Nvidia GT200. Those cards have been a long time in the making, and will probably be really powerful.

To be honest, the 8800/3800 series is nearing the end of its life-cycle. That doesn't mean that you should skip it, the 8800 series is one of the best GPU series ever made, and GPUs are dirt cheap now as well.

Crysis runs at 30-50 fps at 1680x1050 with everything high except shaders at medium on xp. Every other game than Crysis is set to highest. If you're running 1900x1200 or above, you're going to want a crossfire/SLI setup for sure, but I'm more than satisfied with my 1 8800gt.

All the games I'm looking forward to (Far Cry2, Spore, Chronicles of spellborn, fallout 3) look like they'll run on high with my 8800.

If you're going with only 1 card, might as well shell out the 20$ more for the 8800gts 512, For sli, dual 8800gt is probably the best bang for the buck.
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