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My two 8800GTS(g92) 512's in SLI have never let me down. Stable at higher than normal overclocks, ran games amazingly and luckily, never had a single driver issue. But like all things, they are becoming "standard" material as games continue to utilize more powerful game engines, higher res textures, shadow/light effects and rendering power.

I'm seeking some insight on what would be the best possible (single card for now) upgrade from these golden-age beauties and match them in frames and power. For now I want a card that is future-proof enough to last a few years like the 8800 series but will also show worthy improvements with SLI later but not suffer in power from my older rig.

Really want to get the best out of a few upcoming games.

Thanks for your help.
post #2 of 25
Depends on your budget man.

i think a GTX 570 would be a great upgrade. Or if it costs too much then a GTX 560 would suffice.
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Depends how much you are going to spend. I think a GTX570 is a good buy and has a good balance between pure horsepower and price.
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Like everyone else has mentioned
Gtx 570 or the 6950 2gb, both are amazing.
     
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570 seems favorable but I thought nvidia always had the worst price/performance.
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570 seems favorable but I thought nvidia always had the worst price/performance.

Not anymore they don't.
Here's a breakdown of what you can get:
Single card single screen 1920 : 570
Single card multi screen: 6950
Multicard single screen : 570sli
Multicard multiscreen: 6950 cfx

The 6950 is ideal if you have more than one monitor as it has outrageous amounts of power and VRAM. 570 is a beast in single screen but because of only 1.2gb VRAM it is limited in multiscreen gaming.
     
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post #7 of 25
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Well I use three screens but only game on the center one. I need to lean towards Nvidia due to my motherboard only being friendly to SLI and I haven't saved enough money for a new build yet. Just don't wanna miss out on enjoying new games a bit more so 200-400 bucks isn't that big of a sacrifice when I can always just move the GPU to the new build I am planning for the fall.
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Well I use three screens but only game on the center one. I need to lean towards Nvidia due to my motherboard only being friendly to SLI and I haven't saved enough money for a new build yet. Just don't wanna miss out on enjoying new games a bit more so 200-400 bucks isn't that big of a sacrifice when I can always just move the GPU to the new build I am planning for the fall.
Well are all screens the same res? Why not try eyefinity. You don't need a crossfire mobo, there's no such thing. Only nvidia is anal about sli, crossfire can be done on any mobo that supports sli.

If you do triple monitors, buy a single 6950 right now, and when you FO a new build in the fall, get a second one then. Youll be impressed. If you stick to single monitor gaming for other reasons, stick to nvidia.
     
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570 seems favorable but I thought nvidia always had the worst price/performance.
Not anymore. If you can get your hands on a GTX 570 you will be happy for a while. HD 6950 or GTX 560 and HD 6870 are next up I would say. Though HD 5870's are cheap now too.
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Not anymore. If you can get your hands on a GTX 570 you will be happy for a while. HD 6950 or GTX 560 and HD 6870 are next up I would say. Though HD 5870's are cheap now too.
Gtx 560s and 6870s are jokes. They are stupid terrible cards that need to burn. I'm dead serious.
Either go Gtx 460 sli or 6850cfx for $300 or get a 6950 or 570. All the other cards are pathetic POS. Rage rage rage.


OP. If you stick to single, go 570
If you wanna try triple, go 6950
     
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