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Hey guys... i have a quick question. I'm starting a new gaming build from scratch, and I'm trying to figure out what video card to get. I'm looking at getting two 8800 GTS in SLI (about $420 total) or a single 9800 GTX ($300). However, I am aware that the 9 series has not been considered a big step up from the 8 series, and that Nvidia will probably release a significantly better generation of cards this July/August.

My question is about EVGA's step-up program: if i buy a single 9800 gtx now (at $300), will i still be eligible for the step-up program when this new generation comes around? I have never had any EVGA products so I'm not sure how this works.

Also, if you've got any advice on my choice of video cards to begin with, let me know - I'm looking for something that will play on a 22'' monitor at high resolutions and details, but I also want to look towards future upgradeability.

Thanks!
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post #2 of 10
EVGA's step up program lasts for 90 days, so you'll have most of the way into july. I wouldn't rely on a new generation coming out by then though.

SLI'd GTS's would be much better than the single GTX.
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post #3 of 10
The step-up is over a period of 90 days, so it is up in the air.

I wouldn't depend on it. If I were you, I would just go with the GTS's, and possibly step them both up to GTX's in the future?
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I don't really know how the program works but are you allowed to step up two cards (if they're in SLI)?
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Originally Posted by cjrhobbes View Post
I don't really know how the program works but are you allowed to step up two cards (if they're in SLI)?
Yup.
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Sweet, thanks. Maybe I'll go with the two 8800 GTS in SLI, they will probably be pretty unstoppable for the next year or so, right?
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post #7 of 10
they did extend the step-up to 120 days if you get a 9800gx2 so who knows...

but 2 8800GTS 512 is the best way to go right now
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post #8 of 10
The whole 9900Series is nothing but rumour. So i'd take that with a pinch of salt.
 
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post #9 of 10
I'm pretty sure no top end new cards will be released before a while; not in the next 90 days at least, seeing how the 98xx series has been released less than a month ago...
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post #10 of 10
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So i probably shouldn't bank on the step-up program, huh... ok. Well, I guess i've still got to make the difficult decision between two 8800 GTS in SLI or a single 9800 GTX. It will probably be the 8800 GTSs.
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