Is it worth $80 to get another 8800GT for SLI?

BigGreenMat

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I have been gaming on my 8800GT for a while now quite happily. It runs almost everything at decent framerates and settings. Right now I game mostly at 1680x1050, but I have a 1080p plasma that it might be cool to game on. Do you think it is worth $80 to get another 8800GT for SLI and get some more oomph or should I just stick with my single card til a much better midlevel card comes down in price?

For reference. I have a SLI capable 720w enermax PSU, core i5 and MSI GD65 board so I shouldn't be held back there at all.
 

i2abid

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wait for the mid level and turn your 8800gt into a phsyx card? :D
 

BigGreenMat

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Hmm, that actually sounds like the right idea. Not sure why I didn't think of that!
 

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I'd wait till you can afford a new card that will be much faster than 8800gt sli. It's not a big step from $80 to $150 for the performance increase you'd see. You can also look the the FS/FT forum and pick up a good card at a great price.
 

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As someone who uses a 8800GT SLI setup, No. It's not worth it this late in the game -- your better off waiting or getting something in the 2-300 range.
 

Ghent915

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For that kind of money, you might find someone wanting to sell a later gen card (9800, etc) that would be a huge step up from your 8800gt.
 

piscian18

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For that kind of money, you might find someone wanting to sell a later gen card (9800, etc) that would be a huge step up from your 8800gt.

I hate to poopoo here but no 9800 series would be a huge step up not even a 9800gtx+/gts250. I'd say look on the forums here and grab one for 50-60 bucks. 80$ is extremely on the highend.
 

Majinhoju

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wait for the mid level and turn your 8800gt into a phsyx card? :D

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i'd personally save up a few extra bucks and grab something that's at least the 5770 level (or nvidia equivalent)

I originally had 2 8800gt cards in sli, i gave 1 to my in laws and kept the other as a physx, my main card is now my 4890 which still rocks for all my games at 1080p.
 

MrGuvernment

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For that kind of money, you might find someone wanting to sell a later gen card (9800, etc) that would be a huge step up from your 8800gt.

No it wouldn't since the 9800 series is just the 8800 with a new name...
 

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I've been running with two 8800GTs in SLI since I set up my computer and it's been able to handle any game I have thrown at it.

Yes Crysis included though I couldn't go full eye candy but just one notch down which still looked great.

Anyways I remember looking in to wanting to upgrade, SLI'ed 8800GTs seem to run as well as a 260 series, and if you can snag a good deal with another 8800GT than do that. Otherwise look in the 5xxx or 28x and above to stay with one video card.
 

Ghent915

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My 9800 comment was directed at more a 9800GTX/GTX+ than anything else. I agree, anything less than that would be a waste of money.
 
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I had a very nice boost from adding another 8800GT back in the day. But in new games I doubt it would hold well. I haven't been in touch with GFX in a while but for $80 it doesn't sound like a terrible deal...

I'm also not sure about PhysX but almost no games use that, so what's the point?

If you're strapped for money I say just get the 8800GT SLI'd. If you can wait and save up, or wouldn't mind spending more, might as well go high end and have peace of mind.
 

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I have been gaming on my 8800GT for a while now quite happily. It runs almost everything at decent framerates and settings. Right now I game mostly at 1680x1050, but I have a 1080p plasma that it might be cool to game on. Do you think it is worth $80 to get another 8800GT for SLI and get some more oomph or should I just stick with my single card til a much better midlevel card comes down in price?

For reference. I have a SLI capable 720w enermax PSU, core i5 and MSI GD65 board so I shouldn't be held back there at all.

Sell your 8800GT for $80 and put that $160 towards a radeon 5770 or a gtx 250. Though i'd go with the 5770 for better performance and dx 11.
 

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I'm in the same boat as him, but I was wondering if a 280GTX is a big enough jump from an 8800gt for $200. It's either that or a GTX260 for $140. Which would you guys choose?
 

Numan

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I went from a 8800GT SLI to a GTX 280 and yes there was a good jump. I'm now debating if going to a 5870 is worth it for the cash/hassle at this point...but that's now what you were asking! :D
 
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