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OP i am so in agree with you, the day i get my precious 670 i will be crying in tears because fps will explode on my head that is used to 30
    
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Originally Posted by eshold View Post
As long as you had about $170 lying around I don't see why you wouldn't just upgrade to a 6850 or something. It would be a massive upgrade and you hardly ever upgrade anyway so its not like it's a major expense.

But whatever you want to do, I guess. I like maxing my games and getting consistent smooth frame rates.
True that. I have been contemplating of upgrading for nearly a year now. First, I considered the GTX 460, then the GTX 560 Ti came out, and Kepler is on the horizon. Plus my 8800GT performance still doesn't fall below what I consider "playable," so, I have little incentive to upgrade.

I prefer to stick with Nvidia - I've been using their cards for years, and certain brand preferences refuse to die...

Plus Nvidia's cards tend to have a shorter PCB.
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Everyone has a different view on what's playable or acceptable for performance or visual quality settings. That's why they offer so many different resolutions and detail settings. Some people's blood literally starts to boil when they can't maintain 60 FPS with 32XAA and every single detail setting on as high as possible. Those are the guys that will spend $500-$600 every 6 months on a new video card or CPU. For myself, I play at a moderate resolution and like to crank up as much as possible until performance is less than satisfactory. For the majority of people who play PC games, maxing a the detail settings, resolution, etc. isn't of serious interest to them and funny enough, most can't even tell the difference between 30 FPS and 130 FPS. As long as the game runs and isn't a slideshow, they're content.
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post #84 of 96
The 8800 has gone from top of the range, to the lower end of decent, but it's still decent. And it will continue to be decent for a while. A year or two, I think, that will be the end of the 8800/9800 years as a decent card. But for now, I still know people using lesser cards.
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post #85 of 96
i had an 8800GT, and it was pretty good, sometimes i got better fps than on my 4770 now, and both of em can play very well at 1280x1024, so its enough for me
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My 8800GT was awesome back in the day. Got a solid 125 or 250 fps on CoD with a custom config, and pretty much managed to max out anything else (including Crysis) with at least 30fps. I considered upgrading around the start of 2010 and finally got around to it at Christmas time and bought myself a 5770. I've noticed the difference by quite a bit and I don't think I'll be upgrading for a long time once again. Buying an entry level card every 2 years is probably the best thing you can do to keep updated without emptying your pockets.

The only reason I actually upgraded my 8800GT was because the fan used to make a horrible clicking noise whenever it was turned up, and you could hear it from down the hallway.. If that didn't happen I'd probably still have it.
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I had an 8800GT when they first came out in 2008 then later I bought a 2nd one and ran them in SLi on a 780i mobo and it was pretty sweet. But last year with the release of DX11 was the turning point.
8800GT's are just no longer able to perform against even the low-mid range offerings from ATI and NVidia. True they were 2-3 years ago the best choice of GFX card and in SLi they rocked but in todays gaming world they just dont cut it in modern games.

The life span of a brand new top end GFX card from release to replace is around 2 -2 1/2 years, after that you are crazy if you havent upgraded as you can buy cards that are newer and easily outperform the old ones for very little money.

I now run a single GTX480 and it out performs my 2x 8800GT's by at least 800% and I can play DX11 games like Metro2033 at really good frame rates with all the details up at 1080p

Its time to let the 8800GT's go and embrace the new wave of tech. Go and buy yourself a GTX480 now that the prices have dropped so low or even a mid range latest spec ATI or Nvidia Card for ~$150 as it will blow the socks off your old and knackered 8800!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Roweyi7 View Post
an 8800gt is fine for 1440x900, but when it starts getting bigger like 1920x1080. Your gonna need a 460/560
Oh yea, I agree and can't wait for my GTX 560 and SLI them with Ivy Bridge.
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I'm still rocking my 8800GTS G92 @ 1900x1200 for most of the new games but it is showing it's age. Plus the fans gone to ***** and making horrible noise.
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My old 6600GT can even run crysis at 1280x1024 at med/low
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