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post #1 of 10
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I'm looking to buy a new video card (probably not now, but around late September/early October I'm hoping, before November I'm really hoping ), and I already have an 8800 GT (stock, 512MB, XFX). I was reading through this review of the HD 4000 series, and I noticed something odd... the 8800 GT in SLI was performing nearly on par as the 9800 X2, and consistently better than everything else (including the 280 GTX). So that got me thinking if I should be looking at a new video card (AMD/ATI? I heard their drivers were supposed to improve soon?), or just doubling up on what I already own (because dual GTs seem to be about as good as the top dogs). I imagine by November there will be new uber-cards with even better performance, but would I be missing out on anything by getting another GT? My budget isn't too high, so I can't/wouldn't (be able to) afford much more than USD 300.

Oh, and also, I heard back when I bought the 88' GT I already have that SLI stank; has that changed (one of the most common criticism was, IIRC, that even with high FPS, the games still felt "choppy")?

Thanks in advance.

Ah, one more thing: I'm currently playing CoD4, Crysis, Age of Empires III, and the Orange Box (when my guts return ); I plan to buy Crysis Warhead, Alan Wake, and maybe Left 4 Dead if I'm feeling brave. (Any recs would be appreciated--I'm a bit out of touch with hardware/games.)
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post #2 of 10
I would say wait until August for the 4870 x2, cause it's supposed to blow the 9800x2 out of the water, and in doing that, dual 8800 gt's as well, cause that's what I'm going to do .
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post #3 of 10
for $300 get the ATi 4870
    
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post #4 of 10
It is hard to say what $300 can buy two months from now. As of now, another 8800GT is a cheapest upgrade. Since single card is better in most cases, either GTX260 or 4870 is a good option. Their performance is about the same so pick the cheaper one.
post #5 of 10
Wait until august, by then the 4870X2 will be out and the price of all other cards will plummet again.
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post #6 of 10
If you have an SLI mobo just go with another 88gt.You wont regret it.
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post #7 of 10
From the 8800GT, the only upgrade I would recommend is the 4870X2. Wait for that. I will be getting one soon after release.
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post #8 of 10
If you can get a 8800GT now for a good price do it.And then sell them in a few months when you have more money saved +what ever you can sell the 8800GT's for and get what ever you want .But the 4870 is looking really good atm so i can only imagine the 4870X2 being totally awesome when its released
    
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post #9 of 10
i would recommend getting another 8800gt for SLi if your motherboard is SLi capable. Though i am not too sure about it because i heard there is something called "micro stuttering" >.> STAY WIT NVIDIA! jss wait a few months till u upgrade
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post #10 of 10
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814500006
That one looks nice... :O Does it matter that mine is XFX and this one isn't? Also this one is overclocked and mine is stock (I could try OC'ing it, but I don't think I could go that high, as I've been abusing it for around 8 months now).
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