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I'll keep this relatively short, sweet, and to the point. I'm probably going to upgrade my cards when the new releases come out, but before then I'm looking at either two 8800GT 512's in SLI or two 8800GTS 512's in SLI. The reason I'm having this debate is because I am trying to save money on my build and don't want to fork out 100$ more for a different set of cards that doesn't offer that much more in performance terms. Plus, no real point in investing in the higher end setup if a new release is right around the corner, as I'll be changing out, right?

I'll be gaming on a Samsung 22" widescreen 1600x1080.
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If it were me, I'd just get me a 8800GTS512 and overclock the $#!+ out of it, and game away.

Oh, wait ... that IS what I did

Which 'releases' are you speaking of, btw?

Come to think of it, there's nothing out there on the market that I'd just toss my 8800GTS640 out for (assuming I had one) to get instead. It's still a very nice card, especially if you can coax a decent overclock out of it.

Now, if you can sell it so it won't cost you too much to upgrade, then it would perhaps make sense to do so. In which case, see my advice above...
    
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you have the same CPU I'm planning on getting, and close to the same GFX configuration that I'm thinking about... how does that run games? I'm interested in playing Crysis and friends on relatively decent settings @ 1600x1080.

I guess I could buy one 8800GTS 512, and if that wasn't enough to suit my fancy, buy another later.


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2x 8800GTS will be able to let you play games at max settings. Get one now and get another one later on.
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I'll keep this relatively short, sweet, and to the point. I'm probably going to upgrade my cards when the new releases come out, but before then I'm looking at either two 8800GT 512's in SLI or two 8800GTS 512's in SLI. The reason I'm having this debate is because I am trying to save money on my build and don't want to fork out 100$ more for a different set of cards that doesn't offer that much more in performance terms. Plus, no real point in investing in the higher end setup if a new release is right around the corner, as I'll be changing out, right?

I'll be gaming on a Samsung 22" widescreen 1600x1080.

There already are many new 9 series cards out. What new releases are you waiting for exactly? If you are just looking for something to hold you over until you drop some serious cash on an SLI setup, I would go with Bret's suggestion and get a single 8800GTS G92, or for just a bit more 2 8800GTs in SLI.
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what's the perf. difference between the GTS 512 and the GT 512? I can justify SLI-ing two 8800GT's right now, but not necessarily the GTS's, unless the performance is significantly better.
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2 x 8800GT's in SLI should give you a major boost,The 8800GT's are pretty cheap so why not go for 2 x 8800GT instead if you dont have enough $$$ for 2 x 8800GTS.
 
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what's the perf. difference between the GTS 512 and the GT 512? I can justify SLI-ing two 8800GT's right now, but not necessarily the GTS's, unless the performance is significantly better.
2 x 8800 GTS are significantly better than 2 x 8800GTs, but the GT's are no slouch. I say grab two 8800GTs and SLI them. Check the For Sale section, there are a few for sale in the ~$160 price range.
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The GTS is better than the GT by a reasonable margin in a single card configuration, but that advantage diminishes when using SLI. (note that I'm getting a second gts anyway haha)
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