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They're based on the same GPU. Price varies per brand (lesser known brands in the GPU market like ECS try to get market share and thus are cheaper), and per type. Many companies sell the card at stock clocks and they sell overclocked versions. The overclocked versions are more expensive, but it's not worth spending that extra money, since you can overclock yourself

I'd get the 9800GTX. It's a really good price, and heck, it IS still the better card compared to the 8800GTS 512MB (not by much, but better).

Oh, and you stated that you run a low resolution so you don't bottleneck the card. This is a FALSE assumption. At a low resolution, the GPU provides tons of power (heck, it doesn't have to do much), and the CPU will be bottlenecking fairly quickly. At high resolutions, the GPU has to do much more work, and there is much less chance for a bottleneck to occur. Run as high a resolution as you can.
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They're based on the same GPU. Price varies per brand (lesser known brands in the GPU market like ECS try to get market share and thus are cheaper), and per type. Many companies sell the card at stock clocks and they sell overclocked versions. The overclocked versions are more expensive, but it's not worth spending that extra money, since you can overclock yourself

I'd get the 9800GTX. It's a really good price, and heck, it IS still the better card compared to the 8800GTS 512MB (not by much, but better).
Correct me if i am wrong (i have NO knowledge of AMD cpu's) but would he better getting an 8800gt because his CPU may bottleneck it? So, should he spend less money on a new card, so he can apply some of it to a new CPU?
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The brands I would choose for the 9800GTX, would be Evga (of course), XFX, and even BFG.
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i am only going with nvidia, i plan on SLI.. sometime.. lol

ok so..
are there bunch of different types of 9800GTX and 8800GTS ? or are they all the same?
cause i see different prices... 199 for 9800gtx (thx jonjo, Online Deals is awesome on this web).... and than i see them for 250+
man If I was you I would bye a xfx 680 sli mother board with a q6600 intel quad for the 250 tiger direct is a good place and hold off the card for a little while. JMO You be happy with all the speed you get.
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man If I was you I would bye a xfx 680 sli mother board with a q6600 intel quad for the 250 tiger direct is a good place and hold off the card for a little while. JMO You be happy with all the speed you get.
just get a 8800gt, save the 50 or so and put towards a new CPU. That is what i thought.
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With this card and at 1280x1024, i plan on playing games some video editing which right now run decent on my pc.
tho to make it run nicer would be nice.

so if i buy a new card now, and something alot better.. than i dunno in 6-7 months when i may need to upgrade i can just buy new mobo + ram and cpu.. cause ill have a "decent" card.
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With this card and at 1280x1024, i plan on playing games some video editing which right now run decent on my pc.
tho to make it run nicer would be nice.

so if i buy a new card now, and something alot better.. than i dunno in 6-7 months when i may need to upgrade i can just buy new mobo + ram and cpu.. cause ill have a "decent" card.
correct. You will see an improvement now, but not its max until you upgrade some other parts. i don't think you can go wrong with any of the cards mentioned in this thread.
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9800GTX is the card you should get.

And do run at high resolution, so you won't get a CPU bottleneck. See my edit in my previous post. It's at low resolutions that you get the most CPU bottleneck.

Plus, that Opty isn't *that* weak, and CPU bottleneck is highly overrated. Only 3DMark and a few games are so CPU dependent that a bottleneck occurs, but in most cases, you won't get any problems when running a nice high resolution (1600x1200 would be very nice )
    
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i mean later when i upgrade ill have to get new mobo, ram, cpu.. and new monitors (once u have 2 monitors, u cant go back to just one).
so that right there is about 400-500 bux, + a new video card... 700 bux ? :-/ I have the money but I dont think Im that serious about gaming anymore... I dont play as much as I used to, but when I play i wanna play on highest settings.
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9800GTX is the card you should get.

And do run at high resolution, so you won't get a CPU bottleneck. See my edit in my previous post. It's at low resolutions that you get the most CPU bottleneck.

Plus, that Opty isn't *that* weak, and CPU bottleneck is highly overrated. Only 3DMark and a few games are so CPU dependent that a bottleneck occurs, but in most cases, you won't get any problems when running a nice high resolution (1600x1200 would be very nice )
thanks Chozart! I have no idea about the AMD cpu's so i wasn't sure. Thanks for the info on CPU bottleneck too.
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