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Hello all. I've been keeping my eye on the 8800GT 256MB version on newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814125089
It's $99.99, and then $69.99 after the mail-in rebate, which I think is an awesome deal--but only if it's enough for my needs. Here are the details:

I use a 1280x1024 monitor, enjoy playing new games, but don't use Vista for gaming (yet)--I'm on XP SP2. So I'm not in it for DX10 so much as I just want a better-performing card. I'm wondering though, if 256MB of VRAM is enough. I'd really like a 512MB card, was going to hold out for a HD4k ATI card (or even a second-hand HD3k card)--but the price on this...man! So, what do you think? Thanks in advance!
    
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Well if you don't need the highest quality then it should be more than enough.

Nevermind scratch that: You will be able to play most games on the highest level
http://www.expreview.com/news/hard/2...4030d6980.html
http://en.expreview.com/2007/12/30/r...ed%EF%BC%9F/2/
Edited by startekee - 7/9/08 at 3:53pm
    
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For low resolutions 256mb should be ok, let this pile of benchmarks explain:
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I'd totally go for it.. lol if i had the 100$ i'd go for it right now... should definitely feel a performance change once you plug that puppy in there



Be one hell of an upgrade over this 7800gt
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Agreed with above . If you're on a lower resolution (such as 1280x1024 as you said), then 256MB will be enough. If you plan on moving to a better monitor soon though, you should probably hold off and get the 512MB model.
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Thanks Startekee and Japan1--looks like for my res, there's a miniscule difference between the 256MB and 512MB with no AA/AF--I'm curious to find a benchmark that uses AA and AF though... Seems like more VRAM would benefit that. +rep to you two! Thanks!
    
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Agreed with above . If you're on a lower resolution (such as 1280x1024 as you said), then 256MB will be enough. If you plan on moving to a better monitor soon though, you should probably hold off and get the 512MB model.
Thanks! I don't think I'll be moving to a higher resolution anytime soon--I'm plenty happy with my modest 19" monitor--I sit relatively close to my monitor, so having a large one is unnecessary. +rep to pioneerisloud and Vegnagun666. Thanks for the input!
    
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Thanks! I don't think I'll be moving to a higher resolution anytime soon--I'm plenty happy with my modest 19" monitor--I sit relatively close to my monitor, so having a large one is unnecessary. +rep to pioneerisloud and Vegnagun666. Thanks for the input!
Totally man! When you get it let us know how it goes! I'm totally looking to ditch my 7800 xD
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post #9 of 11
Yeah it will be fine for a resolution of 1440x900 and lower. Anymore than that is 512mb territory.
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post #10 of 11
Liked others said, it should be fine based on your description. $70, good deal.
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