Originally Posted by guyladouche
@OP--between the two, I'd say just get the gts--it's not a HUGE price difference, and apparently the difference in performance is noticeable. A separate question is when would you think you'd be upgrading your gfx card again--because you might want to keep in mind the new Nvidia (and ATI) cards that should be coming out relatively recently. Rumor is the newer ati 4870 X2 is supposed to exceed the performance of nvidia's GTX 280. I'm not saying that you should go ATI, only that there might be some drastic price drops coming soon so if you can hold out, it might not be a bad idea. Another option is to buy the GT (EVGA), and then step up to the GTX 280 when it's available (but you'd have to time your purchase properly). Also, how soon are you hoping to upgrade?
Well to be honest, I don't do a whole lot of graphics intensive gaming during college, but during the summer I usually play quite a bit more with all the free time. I'll play the occasional game if I have it. So I guess I'm hoping to upgrade pretty soon.
I don't know if I'll really need the latest and greatest card. I made the mistake of forking out $500 for the ATI x850 when it first came out, and that thing is so far obsolete now...
I suppose if I go with the GTS it should last me a couple more years. If it doesn't I could always go SLi, even though I said that with my 7950 and I haven't had any complaints with it thus far. Unless the price drops are going to be in excess of $40 or $50, I think I will go with a used GTS, sell my 7950 and have a nice upgrade for about $80-$100.Edited by Linxus - 6/6/08 at 11:38pm