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    graphics upgrade

    being a graphics whore, my 7800GT is just barely cuts it with the next gen games


    i'm at the point where i want DX10, and am willing to shell out a fair bit of coinage.

    current specs: asus P5W dh deluxe
    OCed intel E6600
    x2 1gb muskin PC2-6400



    what would be the best bang for the buck? a single 8800GT (maybe asus's new 1gb version?)

    or a pair of HD3780s, because my motherboard supports crossfire.

    Ive got a feeling in the back of my head that says i want to go ATI, but if the 8800GT is simply better, im not a blind-fanboy

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    my uninformed opinion would say that the crossfire setup would work better, just because of parallel processing and chipset integration... but thats just my guess.

    and Woohoooo! 7800GTs for the win! is yours by any chance a BFG overclocked version?


    [EDIT] apparently from a link i found at Toms http://en.expreview.com/?p=53, 3870s in CF are slightly better than 8800gt in sli, but single card is little or no difference. But since you are asking for 2 3870s vs. 1 8800GT, it looks like ATi it is.

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    After reading the link supplied by fusinfun I must also go with the Crossfire setup. Since you are CF capable then that's what I would do. What ever route you go I bet you'll be happy. Happy Modding to ya.

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    thanks! thats just the sort of benchmarks i've been trying to find

    im pretty made up on the HDs by now, assuming i can scamble the funds for that, and a new PSU (the exact kind which is proving to be a much harder search)


    and you've guessed my exact model of video card! :P

    they're great, but alittle loud. and simply outdated

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    I upgraded to one of the zalman ZF coolers... sooooo much quieter. Depending on what happens, i might be looking to buy your card... I want to get a new mobo and SLI my setup.

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    Hmm those results are interesting. From the looks of the results I have for a HD3870 vs a 8800GTS 320MB. I didn't find the HD3870 killing the GTS, which surprised me. I even tried getting my hands on an 8800GT for testing but wasn't able to.

    And just for a teaser .


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    hey tazz, hows the noise on the HD3870?


    fusisfun, if/when i decide to sell the card, i'll give you a shout

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    I would suggest keeping the HD3870, and holding out for AMD's spider platform with the Phenom AM2+ CPU, on a Quad GPU Crossfire board. But then I'm just a graphics whore, a slave to the next best thing...


    Help, I need a life

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    hey tazz, hows the noise on the HD3870?
    The only time noise is an issue is at start up. The fan goes 100% for a few then idles down.

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    I would suggest keeping the HD3870, and holding out for AMD's spider platform with the Phenom AM2+ CPU, on a Quad GPU Crossfire board.
    It's not mine to keep. Going with that setup would honestly be just so a person can say "I have Quad Crossfire".. bah, no need for me to flush that much down the drain.

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