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Old June 26, 2008, 03:08 PM
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Apparently I have 9800GTX i got for free, and $600 cash.

this guy was selling a GTX280 for $500, Should i go for it and sell my 9800GTX to a friend?
is the performance from 9800GTX to GTX280 worth it?

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Should I wait for 4870X2 to come out this august?

I just want to best of the best with reasonable $$$

I don't want to go SLI or cross fire because my pc case is antec p182 and the second card doesn't get much air and overheats.
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Old June 26, 2008, 03:19 PM
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I think from reviews, it's only worth it when you game in high resolutions 1920X1200 or above (24" or above monitors).
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Old June 26, 2008, 03:32 PM
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The GTX 280 performance is pretty substantial when comparing the 2, however the advantages really come from higher resolutions 1920x1200 and above with FSAA and AF enabled. All things consider I'd be patient and wait for the X2 release to see how well it stacks up to the GTX280, if things don't turn out as well on the side of the 4870x2 which I'd doubt they will you'd still be able to find a GTX280 for about the same price.

If you do wait and the 4870x2 comes in at a cheaper price take the money you saved and put it together with the sale of your 9800GTX and get a better case; like a Cooler Master CM stacker 832 or a CosmosS and at a later date if decide to go with a quadfire setup airflow and heat will not be a problem.

I also have the p182 with a SLI setup and airflow is certainly a problem, my dual 8800GT Akimbo's will hit about 70-73oC load with the fans on medium so I have them set on high to keep the temps below that. Unfortunately my system is much louder then I would like it to be as far as the p182 goes it certainly looks great and does what it says it suppose to do, but with all enclosures its has its limitations.

Hope I could help,

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Old June 26, 2008, 08:41 PM
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With the price of the 9800gtx what it is, I would jump for SLI even if the gtx280 wasn't an option. I've got the p180 and I know what you mean about airflow. However you could easily cut out a portion of that divider to allow for more air to flow. I actually have a part of mine cut out to make cable management easier, but it could serve the same purpose.
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Old June 27, 2008, 05:34 PM
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The p180 does lack airflow but thats easily fixed with a quick cut to the side panel and mounting a 120mm fan right beside the pcie slots..I just tossed a cheapy air filter on the outside and it was good to go.
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Old June 27, 2008, 08:01 PM
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Personally I would just skip on the GTX280 and wait for a little longer. I'm pretty sure the prices on Nvidia cards will drop sharply.
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