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Old 08-21-08, 09:51 AM   #15
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Default Re: Upgrade from an 8800gt?

You don't have to break the bank for a 1680x LCD either. I prefer the 20" screens due to the better pixel pitch. Here are a couple that would be good for gaming-

Acer for 190usd
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824009126

BenQ for 170usd
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824014176

Both of those models claim 16.7million colors too. So the colors should be good for what they are. I'd recommend using the DVI connection.

An 8800GT @ 660-700|2000 1650-1850 shader should be plenty of card for 1680x in most cases. Crysis all very high being the exception.

I was able to run AoC @ 1920x will all on and all enabled with the rest set to "high" @ 1920x on an 8800GT @ 700|2000 1750 provided I kept off AA. It did fine with 8-16xAF.

If you decide you must get a new video card for whatever the reason, try the below HD 4850-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102760

It runs cool and should do over 700 on the core when overclocked. It's 180usd with rebate.

Another great HD 4850 for the cash-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127370

It's 163usd with rebate.

Below you can see the HD 4850 compared to a stock 8800GT-
http://www.firingsquad.com/hardware/...ew/default.asp

Review of the Sapphire Toxic HD 4850 is below-
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/S...0_Toxic/1.html

Most of the time it will give you superfluous FPS @ 1680x. If 8xAA is your thing, you might want to consider it.
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