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Alright, so i'm thinking about upgrading my GPU in my sig rig. Last time i did a video card upgrade was from the 8500GT to the 8600GT OC. Simply because my second PC, had a 256Mb GeForce FX5500 OC. I'm thinking of spending about 250$ maybe 300$ (not more) on a new video card. Question is, what would be my best bet. Should I stay with nVidia which i have adored for over 6 years, or take something from ATI. I don't have SLI or Crossfire as an option. So best single video card for 250$. Thanks, in advance guys.
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I think you should wait it out for the HD 4850 or HD 4870. Hopefully they don't price gouge too much on them. If you can't wait I would go for an 8800GTS 512MB.
    
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I think you should wait it out for the HD 4850 or HD 4870. Hopefully they don't price gouge too much on them. If you can't wait I would go for an 8800GTS 512MB.
Would i see a very noticeable difference in performance between the 8800Gts and my 8600GT? I know i saw a difference between the 8500 and the 8600. And thanks for the quick reply.
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8800's are really nice GPU's. I was an ATI fanboy and now I am an nVidia enthusiast haha. There is nothing wrong with ATI at all, great cards, but I like the nVidia chipsets a little better. It's all preference and how much you want to pay for cards.
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You will see a huge difference.
    
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Generally Nvidia offers more bang for the buck, while ATI offers better quality gaming but not quite the frame rate. As for a card, you might want to hold out for the new series and compare the specs, hope that helps. (I'm personally an Nvidia fan).
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Also, to all of you who have responded so far. thanks. I'm assuming also that there is nothing wrong with the BFG tech cards? The last 3 cards i've had were from them. Or should i look into XFX ?
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Nope. Nothing wrong with BFG at all. I love mine

XFX is a great manufacturer too. So is EVGA. Some of the best.

nVidia wise that is
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Given your monitor resolution (guessing 1440), and assuming you're not going to upgrade to a larger monitor anytime soon, and assuming you're not one of those people who are pissed if they can't max out crysis with 5000fps, then I'd say an 8800gt is a great upgrade (yes, you'll see a huge difference!). But to be honest, I doubt you'd see a whole lot of a difference between a 3870 and an 8800gt. And the only reason I'd suggest you wait until the 4xxx series is released by ATI (should be relatively soon, right?) is simply to see how far the prices will fall on other cards--and not to actually buy one 'cause it will be complete overkill for your current monitor's resolution.
    
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Given your monitor resolution (guessing 1440), and assuming you're not going to upgrade to a larger monitor anytime soon, and assuming you're not one of those people who are pissed if they can't max out crysis with 5000fps, then I'd say an 8800gt is a great upgrade (yes, you'll see a huge difference!). But to be honest, I doubt you'd see a whole lot of a difference between a 3870 and an 8800gt. And the only reason I'd suggest you wait until the 4xxx series is released by ATI (should be relatively soon, right?) is simply to see how far the prices will fall on other cards--and not to actually buy one 'cause it will be complete overkill for your current monitor's resolution.
Lol. Hmm, well, what if i said i was moving soon and was planning on using a 42inch 1080p tv for when i play stuff like Guitar hero or GRID... would that make a difference? This is theoretical. My not want my pc on my tv.
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