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If I were to buy a second video card...
 
shianova  posted on Apr 06, 2010 10:53:02 AM - Report post

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My conclusion is that if you can't afford another gtx you should forget about upgrading because that would be your cheapest bet.
 
Dhampy  posted on Apr 06, 2010 11:24:23 AM - Report post

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Upgrading, unless it's to something much newer, won't have much of a performance gain. The problem isn't that my 8800 is getting slow--it's not--it's just rapidly becoming technologically insufficient.
 
Dhampy  posted on Apr 06, 2010 11:25:07 AM - Report post

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So what would I upgrade to, that is "budget" priced, that I won't suffer a performance hit with?
 
ZS  posted on Apr 06, 2010 11:34:16 AM - Report post

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Then you should try the dark side, ATI. 57 or 58xx series card, would be your best bet.
 
shianova  posted on Apr 06, 2010 12:26:36 PM - Report post

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You should wait till the card doesn't do the job anymore and then go for something like an ATI 48xx or 58xx or a Nvidia GTX265 or 275. I don't know of any "budget" cards better than the one you have.
 
DABhand  posted on Apr 06, 2010 1:52:40 PM - Report post

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I would get rid of your 8800GTX even though it was once a great card.

Get something else.

Even if you got a 2nd 8800GTX, you miss out in newer OpenGL version, CUDA and Physx also. If you stick to Nvidia cards that is.

 
Dhampy  posted on Apr 06, 2010 2:51:22 PM - Report post

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quote:
originally posted by DABhand

I would get rid of your 8800GTX even though it was once a great card.

Get something else.

Even if you got a 2nd 8800GTX, you miss out in newer OpenGL version, CUDA and Physx also. If you stick to Nvidia cards that is.

Ok, but it certainly seems that I can't both give it up and get a performance increase within my idea of what I can afford to pay.

And why would I replace it if I'm not getting a performance increase?

 
DABhand  posted on Apr 06, 2010 8:40:52 PM - Report post

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A 260GT Is a big boost and a reasonable price, even 5770 from ATI is reasonably priced and good performance.
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