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I currently have a XFX 8600gt 256mb card and I think its time for an upgrade. My monitor is 22" so I run games at 1680x1050 and the 256mb memory seems to be limiting my frame rates. I am wondering what the main differences between the following cards, which would be the best choice in this price range?

1) XFX or EVGA 8800GS 384mb 192-bit ($100 from newegg, after rebate)
2) XFX or EVGA 8800GTS 320mb 320-bit ($120 from newegg, after rebate)
3) XFX or EVGA 8800GT 512mb 256-bit ($150 from newegg, after rebate)
4) Palit 9600gt 512mb 256-bit ($120 from tigerdirect, after rebate)

Considering I am running on 1680x1050, do I need the 512mb 8800gt? Or will 320mb or 384mb be enough? I plan on playing Team Fortress 2, Call of Duty 4, possibly Crysis, and other high end games, on high settings if possible. Does the performance increase from 8800GS to 8800GT make up for the price difference? What kind of frame rates will I be seeing in games such as the ones mentioned above with high graphic settings (some AA/AF)? Are there any cards I failed to mention that I should consider?

I have read somewhere that XFX uses "cheaper" memory on their cards than EVGA, is there any truth to this? Does EVGA offer a similar warranty (free repairs on cards even if you overclock)?

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In your list, 8800GS's performacne is behind 8800GT and 9600GT. I think the upgrade for you is G92 8800GTS, 8800GTX or 9800GTX.
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the 8800GT is worth the extra money. I know it's the most expensive card on the list, but it's also (by far) the most powerful. You won't regret it.

First alternative would be the 9600GT. The other two cards aren't even in the same league.

Linsking: I assume he's trying to keep it below/around $150...
    
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out of those options i'd go for the 8800gt, but a 512mb 8800gts would also be a good card for you
    
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Of those I'd go with the 8800GT you get a lot of bang for your buck with that card. The 8800GT with its 112sp is a bit more muscular then the 9600GT and is still an excellent choice.
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In your list, 8800GS's performacne is behind 8800GT and 9600GT. I think the upgrade for you is G92 8800GTS, 8800GTX or 9800GTX.
I agree, those are your best options. The others are below average for todays demanding games(crysis, etc.) except for the 9600GT is pretty good too, but the G92 cards are the better option imop, and they're very inexpensive now-a-days.
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the 8800GT is worth the extra money. I know it's the most expensive card on the list, but it's also (by far) the most powerful. You won't regret it.

First alternative would be the 9600GT. The other two cards aren't even in the same league.

Linsking: I assume he's trying to keep it below/around $150...
Then I am off topic. I would save money for a big upgrade.
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In your list, 8800GS's performacne is behind 8800GT and 9600GT. I think the upgrade for you is G92 8800GTS, 8800GTX or 9800GTX.
How would SLI 8800gt 512mb compare to a 9800GTX?
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As far as i know, EVGA will cover you even if you overclock, not to mention its step up program.

Take note that the EVGA 8800GTS 320mb uses an older core (thus why its pretty damn cheap)
My votes on the 8800 GT or 9600GT because they have awesome Power/price Ratios.


If you plan on going SLI, 9600 GT has my vote because of this chart

    
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As far as i know, EVGA will cover you even if you overclock, not to mention its step up program.

Take note that the EVGA 8800GTS 320mb uses an older core (thus why its pretty damn cheap)
My votes on the 8800 GT or 9600GT because they have awesome Power/price Ratios.


If you plan on going SLI, 9600 GT has my vote because of this chart

It seems the percentage is about the same with AA/AF enabled, which I will probably be using. I wouldn't be going sli right away anyway, I would get a 8800gt 512mb and upgrade later on. Need a new power supply before I go sli aswell and I can't really afford 2 video cards + a PSU right now =/

I just noticed newegg has a ECS 8800GTS-512MX GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 for $170 after a $50 mail in rebate, how much of a performance increase is this compared to a 8800gt?
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