im thinking im gonna scratch my GTX for SLI 8800GTs in my new build. Any objections?
My objection would be that by the time you need that much power they'll be virtually obsolete; you'll still be better off with a single new card than two older ones in SLI. In other words, buy an 8800 now and stash the spare money for an upgrade when you need it.
i think what you dont understand is that SLI 8800GTs cost the same as ONE GTX :)
I'm aware of that. It doesn't affect what I said.
"World's Best Boss"
14th August 2004
Cheeseking25;4005606i think what you dont understand is that SLI 8800GTs cost the same as ONE GTX :)
He's saying buy one GT and save the money for a new video card when you need it in the future, in other words, don't go over-kill, because eventually it will be out-dated.
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4th June 2007
What would you need SLI for? Aren't the GTs supposed to run almost anything pretty damn well?
...burning angel wings to dust
14th February 2004
Admittedly, the 8800GT is really the first example where SLI has been worth the cost (costing somewhere between an 8800GTS 640 and 8800GTX and outperforming the GTX), but BS has a very, very good point.
Most of us really don't need something like the GTX in the first place, so why spend the extra $250 on a second card when that's a new CPU in six months? Or five games? Or 20 CDs?
You get the idea.
I tawt I taw a puddy tat...
30th December 2002
I had the same dilemma with my build nearly two years ago. Buy one 7900GTX or for about the same price buy two 7900GT's for SLI.
I think I was given similar advice as you are now; I opted to go with just getting a single 7900GT in an SLI board, buy another later when needed. I found out once I built it that it was plenty for me, and here I am still getting by with a single 7 series card now. By the time I'd even considering "needing" another card for SLI, my card was outdated since the 8 series had already been released, almost making buying another one at that point kinda silly.
At this point I'm hoping to stretch the life out of my 7 series card until the 9 series arrives, but I'm getting antsy with a great deal like that 8800GT is.
Bottom line, buy just one GT now. You can always buy a second 8800GT later if you somehow find having only one to be dissatisfying.
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6th April 2000
Bs|Archaon;4005584My objection would be that by the time you need that much power they'll be virtually obsolete; you'll still be better off with a single new card than two older ones in SLI. In other words, buy an 8800 now and stash the spare money for an upgrade when you need it.
As someone who bought 2 8800 GTX's and currently only runs one (due to the 680i chipset being the biggest piece of shit I've ever used) I can vouch for this statement. Spending an absurd amount of money for two cards isn't worth it when something just as good is released soon after. I learned this the hard way, which is why I try to make sure others don't need to. :)
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