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Zapablast05
07-02-08, 03:20 PM
Ok, I found someone who will give me 220 for both of my EVGA 9600GT SC's and I'm looking for a new GPU. I was thinking about getting a 1GB 8800GT/8800GTS, 8800GTX, or a 9800GTX. Which will be better? I'm looking towards a new motherboard once I can find a buyer for my current one. I'll get a 780i. I'm basically aiming for Tri-SLI if possible, if not, I'll stick to regular SLI. These are my upgrade choices:

9800GTX
8800GTX
8800GT 512MB
8800GT 1GB
8800GTS 512MB
8800GTS 1GB


They will be EVGA of course, with the exception of the 1GB 8800GTS. Which one will give me better performance if I have a single card setup?

CaptNKILL
07-02-08, 03:39 PM
I don't think anything will give you a major increase over 9600GT SLI. From what I've read, those cards scale extremely well.

If you can find 3 1Gb 8800GTSs for SLI that'd probably be pretty good though.

If you're going to spend that kind of money though, I'd just go with a GTX 280. All the performance, all the time without the headaches of SLI.

Zapablast05
07-02-08, 04:54 PM
I don't think anything will give you a major increase over 9600GT SLI. From what I've read, those cards scale extremely well.

If you can find 3 1Gb 8800GTSs for SLI that'd probably be pretty good though.

If you're going to spend that kind of money though, I'd just go with a GTX 280. All the performance, all the time without the headaches of SLI.

I would totally get 3 1GB 8800GTS's but they're not Tri-SLI capable.

I love my 9600GT's but I want faster cards. I know from experience that they scale extremely well and I don't have any SLI. I don't want to spend $600 on one card though. 2 good SLI cards will cost me around $400 and the mobo will be $200.

methimpikehoses
07-02-08, 04:56 PM
WHY

Zapablast05
07-02-08, 08:49 PM
Why not? I want faster cards.2 9600GT's are just as fast or faster than a 8800GTX/9800GTX but it's only got 64SP's and it limits me when I crank up the graphics on demanding games at 1920x1080 such as Crysis. I want faster cards. The 9800GTX has 128SPs and faster clocks and it's Tri-SLI capable.

CaptNKILL
07-02-08, 09:27 PM
I don't think 2 9600GTs are much slower than 2 8800GTs. I really don't think anything would be worth an expensive motherboard upgrade either.

Tri-SLI doesn't scale that well and you'd be spending $600-$900 for the cards alone and $200 for the motherboard.

A single GTX 280 would probably serve you much better here. The prices will be dropping by $90 soon. $520 would get you a good performance increase with no SLI profiles, no stuttering, less heat and a real 1Gb frame buffer, as opposed to $1100 for Tri-SLI with a 512Mb frame buffer.

methimpikehoses
07-02-08, 10:02 PM
I don't think 2 9600GTs are much slower than 2 8800GTs. I really don't think anything would be worth an expensive motherboard upgrade either.

Tri-SLI doesn't scale that well and you'd be spending $600-$900 for the cards alone and $200 for the motherboard.

A single GTX 280 would probably serve you much better here. The prices will be dropping by $90 soon. $520 would get you a good performance increase with no SLI profiles, no stuttering, less heat and a real 1Gb frame buffer, as opposed to $1100 for Tri-SLI with a 512Mb frame buffer.

+1

Zapablast05
07-03-08, 01:54 AM
I don't think 2 9600GTs are much slower than 2 8800GTs. I really don't think anything would be worth an expensive motherboard upgrade either.

Tri-SLI doesn't scale that well and you'd be spending $600-$900 for the cards alone and $200 for the motherboard.

A single GTX 280 would probably serve you much better here. The prices will be dropping by $90 soon. $520 would get you a good performance increase with no SLI profiles, no stuttering, less heat and a real 1Gb frame buffer, as opposed to $1100 for Tri-SLI with a 512Mb frame buffer.

I did the math a while ago. 2 9800GTX's with an EVGA 750i FTW will cost me $630.12 including tax and shipping. A single GTX 280 plus the motherboard will cost me $902.36. If I find a buyer to take my current motherboard for $150 (I pay shipping), plus the $240 I'm going to get for my 2 9600GT's will be $390, which isn't even enough for 1 9800GTX and the 750i (roughly $430). If I use $100 of my next pay check, it still wont be enough, not even for 1 GTX 280. Now, a GTX 260 on the other hand...will cost me $653.38 with the 750i.

Either way, with the GT 200 cards, I'm going to have to sell my motherboard, video cards, and use my paycheck just to pay for one card. It's not worth it. GT 200 just isn't worth it for me right now. If I keep my motherboard and use the $220 from the 9600GT's to go to the GTX 260, I'll have to use my whole paycheck to pay for the other half of the total.

CaptNKILL
07-03-08, 02:52 AM
Well, obviously you can do whatever you want, I'm just saying that 512Mb cards are getting pretty close to the end of their life time. You mentioned Tri-SLI so I thought you were talking about getting 3 9800GTXs. They are back up to around $250 for the well known brands, so that'd be $750 right there, plus the motherboard. And it'd probably never perform to its full potential because it simply doesn't have enough memory to take advantage of all that processing power.

If I were in your situation, I'd sell the 9600GTs, keep the motherboard and just buy the GTX 280. Investing more money into older parts just doesn't seem like a good plan at this point.

Why do you want to replace your board anyway?

Zapablast05
07-03-08, 03:02 AM
Well, obviously you can do whatever you want, I'm just saying that 512Mb cards are getting pretty close to the end of their life time. You mentioned Tri-SLI so I thought you were talking about getting 3 9800GTXs. They are back up to around $250 for the well known brands, so that'd be $750 right there, plus the motherboard. And it'd probably never perform to its full potential because it simply doesn't have enough memory to take advantage of all that processing power.

If I were in your situation, I'd sell the 9600GTs, keep the motherboard and just buy the GTX 280. Investing more money into older parts just doesn't seem like a good plan at this point.

Why do you want to replace your board anyway?

I found EVGA 9800GTX's as low as $202.41 on Google Shopping (http://http://www.powerbuysdirect.com/ssproduct.asp?pf_id=1011501361), stock clocked though.

I can't just sell the 9600GT's and buy the GTX 280, that's way too much money. $220+$270 paychecks can't pay for that. I get paid every two weeks and by the time I have enough for a GTX 280, I'll be in boot camp. I'll settle for either 9800GTX+ or a GTX 260. I'm pretty sure the GTX 260 can handle everything pretty well. I'm staying away from ATI because I just don't want to look stupid with an ATI card inside an Nvidia case.
I want to get a new motherboard because the EVGA 750i has better cooling (fan on the NB) and I want an all EVGA/Nvidia setup. I'm an EVGA/Nvidia fanboy/junky. I've seen people with 750i FTW boards with their Q6600's at over 3.7GHz stable on air cooling. I can't even get 3.6GHz stable on my board.

CaptNKILL
07-03-08, 03:11 AM
Your 9600GTs are probably faster than a single 9800GTX, so I wouldn't even bother with that unless you just want to get rid of SLI.

Anyways, I didn't realize you were trying to do this before a certain date, so I see how you're limited on the price.

And since you want to swap out parts based on brand, I don't really know what I'd do in your situation. I'd probably just wait until there were better parts available for less money. The graphics card scene is going to be changing a lot over the next few months, and right now your two cards are at least as fast as any single card you can afford, so there isn't really anything to upgrade to.

CaptNKILL
07-03-08, 03:14 AM
For reference:

http://www.firingsquad.com/hardware/geforce_9600_gt_sli_performance/page9.asp

http://www.firingsquad.com/hardware/geforce_9600_gt_sli_performance/page4.asp

Your cards are faster than anything else in that price range. If you aren't having any problems with them, there isn't really any reason to get rid of them right now.

saturnotaku
07-03-08, 05:50 AM
I'll sell you an eVGA 9800 GX2 (stock) for cheap.

Bman212121
07-03-08, 07:50 AM
I found EVGA 9800GTX's as low as $202.41 on Google Shopping (http://http://www.powerbuysdirect.com/ssproduct.asp?pf_id=1011501361), stock clocked though.

I can't just sell the 9600GT's and buy the GTX 280, that's way too much money. $220+$270 paychecks can't pay for that. I get paid every two weeks and by the time I have enough for a GTX 280, I'll be in boot camp. I'll settle for either 9800GTX+ or a GTX 260. I'm pretty sure the GTX 260 can handle everything pretty well. I'm staying away from ATI because I just don't want to look stupid with an ATI card inside an Nvidia case.
I want to get a new motherboard because the EVGA 750i has better cooling (fan on the NB) and I want an all EVGA/Nvidia setup. I'm an EVGA/Nvidia fanboy/junky. I've seen people with 750i FTW boards with their Q6600's at over 3.7GHz stable on air cooling. I can't even get 3.6GHz stable on my board.

Stable in the air conditioning with a delta fan pushing a couple hundred CFM... Mine is at 3.2ghz and that's about all the more I can do with my fan / heatsink pairing. The only way your getting it that high is by going to extreme lengths to cool everything cause even with a 750i board your probably not going to 3.7ghz with the stock NB fan.

Bman212121
07-03-08, 07:54 AM
Your 9600GTs are probably faster than a single 9800GTX, so I wouldn't even bother with that unless you just want to get rid of SLI.

Anyways, I didn't realize you were trying to do this before a certain date, so I see how you're limited on the price.

And since you want to swap out parts based on brand, I don't really know what I'd do in your situation. I'd probably just wait until there were better parts available for less money. The graphics card scene is going to be changing a lot over the next few months, and right now your two cards are at least as fast as any single card you can afford, so there isn't really anything to upgrade to.

I agree with Cappy and would like to add I'm not sure why your even bothering upgrading your pc if your leaving for the service. Somehow I don't think you'll worried about the pc during bootcamp but once you get out and come back prices will be down even more.

SLippe
07-03-08, 07:56 AM
9800GTX FTmfW! :thumbsup:

Zapablast05
07-03-08, 12:23 PM
Your 9600GTs are probably faster than a single 9800GTX, so I wouldn't even bother with that unless you just want to get rid of SLI.

Anyways, I didn't realize you were trying to do this before a certain date, so I see how you're limited on the price.

And since you want to swap out parts based on brand, I don't really know what I'd do in your situation. I'd probably just wait until there were better parts available for less money. The graphics card scene is going to be changing a lot over the next few months, and right now your two cards are at least as fast as any single card you can afford, so there isn't really anything to upgrade to.

Ugh..I don't know what to do if I'm not gonna upgrade, then. My friend is already going to buy my 9600GT's tomorrow. I want to keep SLI, so I was thinking of getting 2 9800GTX's. I know there really isn't a point to upgrade because I leave in a month, but I want to enjoy what I can. If I sell my stuff right now, I'll get more for it than if I sell it in November.

I'll sell you an eVGA 9800 GX2 (stock) for cheap.

How cheap? EVGA? I know I seem picky, but I trust EVGA a lot more than anything ever since I got my 9600GTs.

9800GTX FTmfW! :thumbsup:

How's your performance on it?

SLippe
07-03-08, 06:04 PM
How's your performance on it?

I think the biggest test for it, that I have, is the game DiRT and I can play it with all settings set to maximum, which is Ultra, and it's smooth as butter! I don't have Crysis, but every game I throw at it, it just tears right thru them. Only thing is, the card's physical size...it's huge!

Zapablast05
07-03-08, 08:08 PM
I might go with a GTX 260.