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Old August 14, 2007, 10:51 AM
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Hi, I need some advice. Im looking for a new card but all the talk of DX10.1 and the possible release of the 8900's in November has left me quite confused I have $600 burning a hole in my pocket.

Looking at the EVGA8800GTS 640mb from NCIX or Direct canada or the diamond 2900XT 1gb from direct canada....any ideas???
EVGA E-GEFORCE 8800GTS 500MHZ 640MB 1.6GHZ GDDR3 Dual DVI-I HDTV Out HDCP DIRECTX10 Video Card - DirectCanada
Diamond Radeon Hd 2900XT 743MHZ 1GB 2.1GHZ Dual Dvi PCI-E Hdtv Out Vivo Video Card Oem - DirectCanada

The trouble is the 2900XT takes a lot of power but from its specs it has so much potential if they sort the drivers out.

The 8800GTS seems a solid buy but the price has been too stable of late and when the 8900's come out I bet the price will drop to about $300. Trouble is I dont know when that it is. If its November I can wait. I know I should go the core2route but Im waiting to see how this system performs with either of those cards, if it works well Ill wait for that upgrade.
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Old August 14, 2007, 11:24 AM
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why not 2 320 GTS in SLi ?
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Old August 14, 2007, 11:31 AM
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I hadnt really thought about SLI. Would I really see much gain over a 8800GTS 620mb or 2900XT verses two 320mb to justify it? Also I wanted to keep the airflow and temps as low as possible and two cards might run the temps up quite high. At the moment i can get 2.9 at hover about 42oc load which is good.
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Old August 14, 2007, 12:21 PM
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Well if you run on high resolutions 320 SLI is still only 320 mb which will severely handicap the system. And newer games are starting to use more GPU ram. The 640mb card is good but if you can wait Nvidia might release the next gen cards for about the same price for double the performance. But most of that is rumors.
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Old August 14, 2007, 12:28 PM
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Yes those rumours have got me wondering- Novembers ok but id like to enjoy the new crop of games and get one sooner...i think the 7950GT will be okish, guess im doing exactly what those marketing guys want...difficult.
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