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Old March 16, 2008, 07:30 PM
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Hi all,

I'm currently in the process of selecting some parts to upgrade my aging computer and have already selected (bought) some of the parts:

Gigabyte GA-X38-DS4
2x2GB G. Skill DDR2-1066 RAM
Intel C2Q Q6600
and I use a Samsung 206BW screen (1600x1050)

The only thing left to pick is the video card. I'm looking at cards between 200 and 300$. So basically, I have the choice between 8800GT, 8800GTS (stretching budget but OK), HD 3870 and 9600GT.

I've read reviews from various sites on video card performance, features, etc.. But now, I face some questions:

I may be interested in CrossFire in the future but is it worth it? Meaning do I get more trouble than what it's worth?

How is the performance of 8800GTS Vs 8800GT Vs HD3870?

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Old March 16, 2008, 07:41 PM
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Great sale right now on the 8800GTS at Future Shop http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/pro...40&catid=10524 or the GT Future Shop: Computer Add-Ons: Sound & Video: BFG GeForce 8800 GT 512MB PCIe Video Card

I just built my new Rig too but will wait to see what the 9800 X2 does to prices as well as wait a bit longer to see the 48xx series come out for ATI that promises to take back the Crown of Video Cards.
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Old March 16, 2008, 07:53 PM
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You won't need Crossfire with that LCD screen. 8800GTS is first, while the HD3870 is second - but both are very close performance-wise The 8800GT is not far behind. The 9600GT is fourth.
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Old March 17, 2008, 03:38 AM
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Thanks for the advice. I'll keep you posted on my pick and the results.
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Old March 17, 2008, 04:31 PM
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I got the BFG 8800GT OC at Future Shop. Asked for a price match based on price found at NCIX. Got it for 223$ instead of 239$.
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Good choice, great price!
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Old March 17, 2008, 05:40 PM
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yeah that BFG 8800GT OC is a great card, I have one and OC's good on stock cooling, I get almost 13K on 3d06.
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