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OmegaMan
11-19-06, 11:02 AM
Hello, all. New here!
Thought I'd drop by to pose a question to you all, since you seem to know your stuff :)

I have a pretty great gaming system for the games I play (AMD Athlon 4000+, GeForce 7900GTX 512 MB, 2GB of RAM, two 10,000 RPM 125 GB HDs in RAID-0 config). Right now, I'm looking to upgrade my GPU (though a processor upgrade might not be too far off). I want to either buy another 7900GTX and SLI the two, or buy a single 8800GTX (728 MB RAM) and sell my current 7900GTX. Which option would give me the better performance? In particular, I play Flight Simulator X, but even with my current setup I can't achieve stable performance with all the settings maxed. FSX was designed for DirectX 10, so the 8800GTX is more appealing since it is also designed to be compatible with DX10.

Thanks for any help, and thanks for having such a great forum!

hirantha
11-19-06, 11:09 AM
with your processor the new GPU which is 8800 wont be able to see the full power. but if you got money to burn i say go with the 8800GTX, which i'm still waiting for.. damn USPS :rw:

sorry almost forgot Welcome!! :)

OmegaMan
11-19-06, 11:13 AM
Even if I'm not realizing the full power, would it still be better performance than two SLI 7900GTX's?

Thanks for your help!

hirantha
11-19-06, 11:21 AM
Even if I'm not realizing the full power, would it still be better performance than two SLI 7900GTX's?

Thanks for your help!

it depends on your processor power, you might get the same performance with the SLI and one 8800GTX ( GTX is processor dependant)

Wait till you get more reply to this post, people here with more knowledge than i am will help ya out.

Toss3
11-19-06, 11:54 AM
The 8800gtx would definately be the way to go, especially if you play at high resolutions with lots of AA and AF, since you would be quite bottlenecked with that cpu of yours. :)

SlieTheSecond
11-19-06, 12:02 PM
I'd go with the 8800 GTX. It's on par and sometimes better than 7900GTX in SLI. Not to mention the 7900 in sli doesn't result in a huge fps boost all the time either.

But it is hard to say wheather or not you will see much of a difference with that cpu. I got a GTS and amd 3700 running at 2.8ghz and my cpu is a bottleneck with some games.

OmegaMan
11-19-06, 12:04 PM
Thanks for all the help.

Any suggestions on processors I should be looking at?

hirantha
11-19-06, 12:10 PM
Thanks for all the help.

Any suggestions on processors I should be looking at?

no doubt you should look for Core 2 Duo X6700 which is dual core or OX6700 which is Quad Core, you gonna need a new motherboard too! 680i i say!

lowdownshame
11-19-06, 01:12 PM
Hello, all. New here!
Thought I'd drop by to pose a question to you all, since you seem to know your stuff :)

I have a pretty great gaming system for the games I play (AMD Athlon 4000+, GeForce 7900GTX 512 MB, 2GB of RAM, two 10,000 RPM 125 GB HDs in RAID-0 config). Right now, I'm looking to upgrade my GPU (though a processor upgrade might not be too far off). I want to either buy another 7900GTX and SLI the two, or buy a single 8800GTX (728 MB RAM) and sell my current 7900GTX. Which option would give me the better performance? In particular, I play Flight Simulator X, but even with my current setup I can't achieve stable performance with all the settings maxed. FSX was designed for DirectX 10, so the 8800GTX is more appealing since it is also designed to be compatible with DX10.

Thanks for any help, and thanks for having such a great forum!
my hardware setup is similar to yours and it was an easy decision for me to go from 7900gtx to the 8800gtx especially since i game @1920x1080 on my 56" hdtv. the benchmarks ive seen show that the 8800gtx out-performs the 7900gtx sli. also you can imagine the next generation of flight simulator taking advantage of dx10. if u willing to spend the $$ i say go for 8800gtx

OmegaMan
11-19-06, 01:17 PM
Thanks again for the help!

Hirantha, a processor and a new motherboard is a little out of my price range. I'm looking at the AMD 4800+, which is Socket-939 so I wouldn't have to upgrade my motherboard. Do you (or anyone else) think that this would be a decent chip?

SH0DAN
11-19-06, 01:21 PM
8800 and then when you grab a new cpu later on you will get even more out of the gpu upgrade.

Spartan 117
11-19-06, 02:18 PM
8800 GTX is the way, and then get a CPU upgrade, I want the Kentsfierld and the ASUS Striker Extreme mobo, but they are sold out on Newegg :(

and Welcome :)