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about 2 weeks ago my router got hit by lightning becasue it was not on a surge protector and the surge shot up my ehternet line and took out my motherboard.
Anyways i replaced the motherboard with anothor of the same model becasue i did not feel like waiting for ASUS RMA process.(Will send out old MB for anothor rig)
At the time i was hoping that my motherboard was the only component affected by the shock. After installing new board and reinstalling windows, programs, drivers, etc. I have noticed that my sig card is not performing like it used to before the lightning. I am going to rma for the new rig as well( hopefully lightning is covered..)but once again i am impatient and i don't want to wait for RMA process. I wanted to get a better card but i don't want to pay more than $200. I was thinking either 8800 gts (g92) or 9800gtx...i want an Nvidia card even though the 4870 look schweet because i have an NVIDIA chipset and i want to sli later on.

Sorry such a long post.
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post #2 of 13
http://microcenter.com/single_produc...uct_id=0286382
heres a deal for a $150 9800GTX after rebates if you're gonna go in that direction

i remember seeing an 8800GTS (g92) deal for $120 after rebates as well, but i forget where it was at
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post #3 of 13
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which would be the better card
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post #4 of 13
to be honest, there isnt that much of a different between the two.
Slightly higher clocks on the 9800GTX, but its basically the same core

you just have to decide whether or not its worth that extra $30 for the 10-15% performance boost

however, if you do decide to choose an ATI card, you can easily get a 4850 for less than $200 and it'll beat both of those cards
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post #5 of 13
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yeah i know about the 4xxx series.....you can't run 2 monitors in sli or CF can you?
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post #6 of 13
pretty sure you can
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post #7 of 13
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i read somewhere that you can not because of the way sli works...switching frame renderings between cards and i really like haveing two monitors.....problem running two monitors on one card is the card has to work double time...so i was thinking new card for main display and current card for second display. running in non sli of course
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post #8 of 13
i read on it a little more and it seems that you cant have SLI with dual monitor
but once you turn one of those off, you can use the other

strange how its like that though
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post #9 of 13
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well bring on the 9800gtx then.........
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WD 150GB Raptor X | WD 500 gB HD Windows XP SP3 22" Westinghouse/ 17" samsung Logitech G15 
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post #10 of 13
Another question is do you have a crossfire or sli board and do you want to go with dual cards in the future? If you plan to go w/ dual cards eventually, remember to consider this fact.
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