Please report all spam threads, posts and suspicious members. We receive spam notifications and will take immediate action!
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 18

Thread: should I upgrade from 7900gtx to 8800gtx?




  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    San Francisco, CA
    Posts
    163

    Default should I upgrade from 7900gtx to 8800gtx?

    I can get an 8800gtx for $400 from a guy who works at nvidia..

    should I take it if I already have a 7900gtx?

    I feel like I already have enough of a powerful gaming machine, but the temptation of the savings and the fact that it's the best card on the market right now seems too much to bear.

    I also have the option of upgrading to an e6700 processor for $400, but with the intel price cuts scheduled for next month, I think I can wait.

    It's probably important to note that I currently use a 17-inch crt and use a 1024x768 resolution, but will be receiving a 20-inch lcd display in a month as a birthday present.

    I'm just not sure if I will really feel that much of a difference, considering I was already very impressed by my system when I built it a month or so ago. Thanks in advance for your input.
    Case: Antec P180 ** PSU: Ultra-V 600W
    Main: EVGA 680i 122-CK-NF68**
    CPU: E6700 2.66GHz
    CPU cooling: Arctic Freezer 7 Pro ** RAM: 2GB Corsair XMS2
    GPU: BFG GTX 295..** Samsung 206bw LCD
    OS: Vista Ultimate 32bit

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    Location
    Bendigo Australia
    Posts
    1,788

    Default Re: should I upgrade from 7900gtx to 8800gtx?

    If you can find a buyer for your other card, go for it, otherwise I wouldn't bother, to be perfectly honest in most games you'll barely see any difference

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    Minnesota, United States
    Posts
    4,543

    Default Re: should I upgrade from 7900gtx to 8800gtx?

    For $400? I don't care what you do, get that card. That's so much under retail it's not even funny. You can't get it used for that price. If you're getting a 20'' LCD, you'll want to OC that processor and switch to that video card. A 7900 series card will choke at top resolutions on the newest games. The 8800 series can max everything at 1920x1080/1600x1200

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    San Francisco, CA
    Posts
    163

    Default Re: should I upgrade from 7900gtx to 8800gtx?

    wow what a difference in opinions..
    oh man, so confused. I think I'll go with yawgmoth.. it's really too tempting.. but anybody want to talk me out of it?
    Case: Antec P180 ** PSU: Ultra-V 600W
    Main: EVGA 680i 122-CK-NF68**
    CPU: E6700 2.66GHz
    CPU cooling: Arctic Freezer 7 Pro ** RAM: 2GB Corsair XMS2
    GPU: BFG GTX 295..** Samsung 206bw LCD
    OS: Vista Ultimate 32bit

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    Minnesota, United States
    Posts
    4,543

    Default Re: should I upgrade from 7900gtx to 8800gtx?

    Kheldar is Australian and not current on pricing in USD. I think he would agree if he knew the 8800GTX retails for over $550 USD. You can buy it, resell it, and make a profit if you don't want to use it. I'd use it, though.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    Location
    Bendigo Australia
    Posts
    1,788

    Default Re: should I upgrade from 7900gtx to 8800gtx?

    faster is always better and if its a bargin

    Its just that most time when I'm playing a game I can barely notice the improvements (different matter if you sitting back admiring it) generally because I'm too busy blasting away at some allies/caught up in the game.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    Minnesota, United States
    Posts
    4,543

    Default Re: should I upgrade from 7900gtx to 8800gtx?

    Try going from one gen's high-end card to the next on a current game at top resolution and settings. The difference is you won't be able to play it on the older card. I think you'll notice that. :D

    The actual visual improvements, though? Depends on the game and the person.

    Buying plus reselling the card takes any question out of it, though. You're looking at $50-$100 for less than two hours of work. That's a damn fine ratio of time:money IMO.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    San Francisco, CA
    Posts
    163

    Default Re: should I upgrade from 7900gtx to 8800gtx?

    Many thanks for the advice, guys - I pretty much feel the same way as kheldar does about graphics - as long as it doesn't affect the playability, I can't really notice a difference. But then again, as yawgmoth would agree, it's too great of a deal to pass up. I ended up getting the 8800gtx.. I have to say that I am very impressed with the card - it doesn't make much more noise than my other card (although it's hotter), and I can play hl2:ep1 on the highest settings and resolution allowed without any graphics problems. I'm out 400 bucks and I have yet to get any offers for my 7900gtx but I feel like it'll be a wise investment for a while :) heck, I can probably resell it for the same price by the time the 8900gtx comes out. I won't be asking for upgrade advice for at least a few months... ^__^
    Case: Antec P180 ** PSU: Ultra-V 600W
    Main: EVGA 680i 122-CK-NF68**
    CPU: E6700 2.66GHz
    CPU cooling: Arctic Freezer 7 Pro ** RAM: 2GB Corsair XMS2
    GPU: BFG GTX 295..** Samsung 206bw LCD
    OS: Vista Ultimate 32bit

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    1,364

    Default Re: should I upgrade from 7900gtx to 8800gtx?

    If you're selling a GTX and you want to make anything off it I suggest getting it on Ebay NOW. I just sold a BFG OC for $269US and that was one of the higher prices I have seen in some time. Demand is dropping very fast for them with the cheap 8800's and once the 8600's are out, noone is gonna want one.
    GIgabyte GA-990FXA-UD3
    AMD FX8120 @ 4GHz
    Patriot 1866MHz EL series 2X4GB DDR3
    Powercolour HD 6970 2GB w/XFX 8800GT 512MB Hybrid PhysX
    Creative X-FI titanium HD w/Technics class A 300W amp and tower speakers
    PC P&C 500W PSU
    2TB Seagate
    Coolermaster 690II w/Corsair H100 tucked under the hood

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    San Francisco, CA
    Posts
    163

    Default Re: should I upgrade from 7900gtx to 8800gtx?

    thanks for the tip, casecutter - I'll be jumping on it immediately :)
    Case: Antec P180 ** PSU: Ultra-V 600W
    Main: EVGA 680i 122-CK-NF68**
    CPU: E6700 2.66GHz
    CPU cooling: Arctic Freezer 7 Pro ** RAM: 2GB Corsair XMS2
    GPU: BFG GTX 295..** Samsung 206bw LCD
    OS: Vista Ultimate 32bit

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •