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another 8800GTS card and go sli. 9 42.86%
A bigger monitor than your 22" westy. 7 33.33%
A64 5600 or better. 2 9.52%
Other (please explain) 3 14.29%
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Old 03-26-07, 03:14 PM   #13
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I'm not a big fan of SLI but I voted for the extra GTS.

Small CPU upgrades are pretty much pointless, and a bigger monitor will only make you want more graphics power.

You should also get a massive air cooler for your CPU (if you are still using the stock heat sink) and overclock it. Most of the higher-clocked AMDs don't really overclock all that much, but more cooling on your current CPU will probably do more than buying a new one clocked a couple hundred MHz faster (which would cost hundreds more).
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Old 03-26-07, 03:22 PM   #14
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Default Re: Help me choose my next piece of hardware.

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I'm not a big fan of SLI but I voted for the extra GTS.

Small CPU upgrades are pretty much pointless, and a bigger monitor will only make you want more graphics power.

You should also get a massive air cooler for your CPU (if you are still using the stock heat sink) and overclock it. Most of the higher-clocked AMDs don't really overclock all that much, but more cooling on your current CPU will probably do more than buying a new one clocked a couple hundred MHz faster (which would cost hundreds more).
^^ I agree with the capt'n
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Old 03-26-07, 04:17 PM   #15
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I'm not a big fan of SLI but I voted for the extra GTS.

Small CPU upgrades are pretty much pointless, and a bigger monitor will only make you want more graphics power.

You should also get a massive air cooler for your CPU (if you are still using the stock heat sink) and overclock it. Most of the higher-clocked AMDs don't really overclock all that much, but more cooling on your current CPU will probably do more than buying a new one clocked a couple hundred MHz faster (which would cost hundreds more).
I got a coolit freezone, so I'm good with the cooler. I will probably buy the pny 8800 gts wednesday. I need another day to think about it.
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Old 03-27-07, 04:22 AM   #16
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I would also go for the second GTS, you will get better performance to price ratio going for a second GTS, than selling yours and getting one GTX, or upgrading your CPU.
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Old 03-27-07, 09:14 AM   #17
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I did think about selling my gts and going gtx. but by the time I do all of that, the 8800 Ultra or the 8900 series will be out. My easiest path would be going gts sli and in the next month, I will get a bigger monitor. I'm also thinking about getting that fx-62 that's on sale newegg.
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Old 03-30-07, 10:37 AM   #18
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Ok...I've narrowed it down to either a 24" monitor, or another gts to go sli. What do you guys think?

I'm able to play all of my games with some good eye-candy right now, and I have a nice monitor right now (check out the sig)....but I feel like I can do more with a sli setup, but I do want to be able to play games at 1920x1200.

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Old 03-30-07, 10:53 AM   #19
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I'd say go with a 2nd GTS in SLI. I don't think 2" on your monitor will matter much.
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Old 03-30-07, 11:02 AM   #20
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after all has been said and done with me completely overhauling my rig from a 2.4ghz P4 to what's in my sig and tossing in a 22" widescreen in place of a 17" lcd, I can honestly say the monitor was the biggest noticable improvement.

Yeah it takes more graphical prowess to push games at higher resolutions the monitor is capable of displaying but if my 7600GT can handle most games at high settings, I'm sure your 8800GTS won't have any trouble.

Besides, by the time the games actually start coming out that REQUIRE the 8800's to run at optimal settings, think of how low the prices will be on them. you could probably have saved up for a single 8850 or whatever ATi card comes out to compete with it.
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I'd say go with a 2nd GTS in SLI. I don't think 2" on your monitor will matter much.
Yea...I am really thinking about going to a 30" monitor....but that's a true investment more than anything else.
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Old 03-30-07, 11:34 AM   #22
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Scratch that...my next purchase is this 37" Westy for $985!
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I did think about selling my gts and going gtx. but by the time I do all of that, the 8800 Ultra or the 8900 series will be out. My easiest path would be going gts sli and in the next month, I will get a bigger monitor. I'm also thinking about getting that fx-62 that's on sale newegg.
TBH I'd wait until the R600 came out before you upgraded your graphics card. An 8800 GTS is absolutely fine for now. I'd upgrade the monitor. I just bought a 1080p HDTV and connect my computer to it through DVI. Never again will I use a computer monitor.
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Scratch that...my next purchase is this 37" Westy for $985!
That is what I would have recommended.
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