Go 8800gt sli or new card?

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murdalicious

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Hi guys, first off I'm currently running
q6600
evga 750i
4gb ram
22inch monitor @ 1650 x 1050 Res
8800gt overclocked.


I need some opinions for the following options. I have a friend who has a 8800gt and I was thinking of buying it off him ($100 CAD) so I can SLI my rig BUT he also wouldn't mind buying mine for the same price so that he can SLI! Should I buy his 8800gt or sell my 8800gt ($100 CAD). If i do sell my 8800gt what card should I get, I'm willing to spend about $200 after selling my 8800gt.

Another thing is, my friend's younger brother has a 9800gt, so I was thinking, He can sell me his 8800gt for $100 (CAD) and with it buy a 9800gt and grab his brother's 9800gt so he can SLI, and buy his brother a $100 card? We'll both end up spending $100 each and able to SLI?

I read that 8800gt/9800gt SLI can trade blows with a 4890, Tho the 4890 has 1g ram, it wouldn't matter because of my Res being @ 1650x1050, right?


Opinions please!!

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pauldh

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You have so many options and they all look good. My only concern is the pricing as $100 seems quite high for a used 8800GT (south of your border anyway). What does a new GTS 250 go for? GTX 260? 275? HD 4890?. If you could get a GTX 275 or HD 4890 for about $200, then IMO that would be a better route. I'd likely stay NVidia since you have an SLI mobo. A GTX 260 now (and maybe a second later) would also be a nice option and hopefully save money. If you could OC your Q6600 that system has a lot of game left in it.

I've been happily gaming on a 3.0GHz Q6600 and 8800GT SLI for 1.5 years now. For the most part it has been great. Played through Crysis at 16x10 DX9 all high and even with 2xaa when OC'ed. I did suffer annoying microstutter in NFS: Prostreet and the occasional non working SLI in a new demo. No major complaints though, in general scaling has been great at 16x10 with AA. I'll give a thumbs up for 8800GT SLI if the price/cost is in line.
 

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Thanks for the opinion guys!

pauldh, the g260 is about $200, 4890 sitting around $230-240, GTS 250 at about $160-170 and the 275 is about $260.

The 4890 does look like a good option but I'm just not sure if it is consider overkill for my resolution.

Do you think I can ride 8800gt SLI until late DX11 cards? Like 2nd gen DX11 cards
 

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8800GTs SLi is a great option (what I run!!) They will tear up everything you throw at them in that resolution - even DX10 Crysis (Very High but no AA!). Only game so far you would need >512Mb @1680x1050 for is GTA4, but only to enable high textures. So if the extra GT seems cheap enough then go for it. A GTX260 wouldn't be quite as good as the GTs SLi'd, but would give you the future upgrade path, however you may want to check your PSU if you go for two 260s in the future as they would pull more than the GTs.
 

I intend to, so far it seems to be going OK as all games run smoothly thus the desire to upgrade can be suppressed.
 

pauldh

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At those prices 8800GT SLI looks like a good option. As long as you are happy tweaking down some settings, the pair should keep on gaming for quite a while.


edit: What PSU do you have? max combined +12V? A 550W Antec TP3 with 41A 12V has been powering my setup fine, with the Q6600 OC'ed up to 3.2GHz at times, two HDD's, and two optical drives.
 

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I have a Zalman ZM750 Power Supply, I'm hoping that will do the trick? Not sure if its +12V
 

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Hey Pauldh, if you are facing the microstuttering issue, its more likely because of the processor and not due to the SLI. Start the game and set the affinity of the process (game's process - I think its speed.exe, but I am not sure) to two cores. It removed microstuttering in my game. My specs in signature.

Also, to the OP, I think you shoud sell the 8800GT and get a new 260. It performs same or better than the 8800GT SLi and has more RAM if you need it in future. According to my calculations, you will have to spend the same money for any option. Also, by going thru the 260 route, you take care of overheating problems and all the microstuttering problems that comes with SLI in general sometimes and of course you save some power too, not much only some, but still. Plus, you might be able to pick up a free copy of a game with a new 260.......
 
WoW 100.00$ for an outdated card.... IMO that aint a friend..lol...I would not shell out more than 50.00$ for an 8800GT specially if its used.....you can get a new 9800GTX for under 100.00$ NEW....

ohh and forgot... if you buy it from BFG you will have a lifetime warranty.....makes it even sweeter :bounce:
 

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Actually you are right, but the situation is different because my friend doesn't know anything about computers and I was the one who put together his computer. I offered $100 because I didn't want him to lose out, If i offered $50 and he sells it, he would have a computer without a videocard, and what can $50 (CAD) buy him? close to nothing. I was thinking in the terms of value, if $100 (CAD, flat) can put me on par with the newer generation cards like the 4890 (I think Anandtech had a chart showing 8800gt sli was close to a 4890), it doesn't sound to shabby. If i buy a 9800gtx, I wouldn't have another one to SLI and by itself its barely an improvement to my 8800gt oced... so I don't see the point. I'm not concerned about his used 8800gt because he had it for about a year only and he didn't overclock it himself, so it should be in good shape?

All in all I just wanted to know if its worth $100 for an extra 8800gt factory oced or sell it to him and buy a newer generation card. I will spending $200 max after I sell the card.


Thanks for all the help guys!
 
I understand, but......

1. Dual 8800GT's are not the equivalent of a 4890 nor can they be compared...maybe when they said "close" to a 4890 they might have refered to fps...but as far as overall performance the 4890 would eat both 8800's for lunch in a heartbeat.

2. A 9800GTX is alot more card than 8800GT IMO... If we were comparing an 8800GTX to a 9800GTX that would be another story.

3. As far as your buddy, I understand completely.....

4. If i were you id sell the 8800GT to your buddy(100.00$CAD) and buy a new card..Maybe a 250 or a 260 and then sli later on...

5. Have you tried borowing the card from your buddy and running both 8800GT's on your comp? Maybe you should do that first and see if it fits your needs.
 

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Hmmm I guess borrowing his 8800gt is a start. Wouldn't a 4890 be overkill @ 1650x1050 res?
 
Yes try Dual 8800Gt's and you might be surprised!!!

As far as the 4890, it is not overkill at that res, specially if you compare it to a single 8800GT...it will be a true night and day difference......
 

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I love my 8800gt and my monitor is 1920x1200! I could get better performance from a gtx260/275 but I dont think that it is worth upgrading quite yet. Games still run pretty decently on the old 8800gt, that is w/o aa....... I dont see this generation of cards worth upgrading to from the 8/9 series (definitely next gen tho).

IF you cant wait that long, I would suggest picking up a gtx 260
 
If you could not get better performance going from a 8800GT to a 275 then it is obvious you are doing something wrong... if you had said 1280x1024 then yes i would agree, but anything higher than that you should see a big difference. I went from testing a single 250 to a single 275 and it was a big difference for me at 1650x1050 res.....Maybe you are bottlnecking somewhere.. who knows....
 

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^reread my post, I have never had a 275 in my system, it was a hypothetical statment. i COULD get better performance with x.
 

pauldh

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Eat them for dinner? Check out 8800GT SLI vs. a GTX 280 in this comparison. At 1600x1200 SLI 8800GT pretty much swept the GTX 280. http://anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3334&p=11

 
Yea but you are comparing apples to oranges... Its kinda hard to compare Nvidia vs. Nvidia as opposed to Nvidia vs. Ati.... and like I said as far as FPS goes it will be neck to neck in some instances... but FPS and overall performance are 2 different things. Ask yourself this... If you had to choose from dual 8800GT's or a single 280, what would you prefer?
 
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