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At low res the 9800GTX is a higher performing card than the 8800GTX, and uses less power. I would go with those in SLI instead.
Alright I just switched to the 9800's. Lots cheaper than the 8800's too.
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As i already posted, the 9800GX2 would be your best bet WITH a new cpu
    
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As i already posted, the 9800GX2 would be your best bet WITH a new cpu
As he said in the OP this is for a brand new rig, not his current one.


I agree with the idea of the quadro (maybe a cheaper one, I dont know much about them though) and a secondary card (or maybe just your 7800 if you wanna pull it from your current rig) for gaming. I dont know of a card thats optimized for both, but I dont think trisli or a gx2 will fulfill your need as you want it.
    
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How about two 9800GX2's instead?
Yep 2x 9800GX2 is $1200 that would cover your budget!
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The GX2 is a cool concept but I don't like the design of it. Looks prone to a short lifespan.

I'm already going to have a wickedly fast QX9650 on water, it'll offset some of the rendering offloaded by the 9800GTX graphics cards.

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Thats a pretty nice build. You're gonna wanna go with 64 bit vista if you wanna use all those gigs of RAM.
    
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A Quadro 4600 by itself will probably be within 10% of an 8800GTX in games. There is no need to get a Quadro card and then an equivalent normal card to play games with. See here for a comparison of the Quadro version of the 8800GT vs the normal 8800GT, for example.

That said, Quadro won't really help your video rendering speed-- it's done by the CPU. If your goal is a computer that is primarily for rapid video editing but is also capable of playing modern games, you should really get a dual CPU platform like a server board, Skulltrail, or even a Mac Pro. 8 cores vs 4 will make a far huger difference for video than any GPU.
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That said, Quadro won't really help your video rendering speed-- it's done by the CPU. If your goal is a computer that is primarily for rapid video editing but is also capable of playing modern games, you should really get a dual CPU platform like a server board, Skulltrail, or even a Mac Pro. 8 cores vs 4 will make a far huger difference for video than any GPU.
Agreed, video editing does not need the 3D graphical power thats been tossed about in this thread (unless you are compositing 3D animations into film).

Video editing needs a fast HD set up and lots of CPU power.

GPU wise get a 8800/9800 to play games on.
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Skulltrail? My wallet would be left bleached on the wayside and I'd be no better off than I am now

I'm figuring having the 8gigs of ram will help to some extent with the renders by keeping the virtual memory usage low.
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A stock Mac Pro with 8 cores is only $2800, compared to the $3200 you're at now. Certainly you can configure an 8-core system for less than Apple, and still have plenty of money left for whatever excessively powerful GPU setup you want for games.
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