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    As for SLI/Crossfire for higher resolutions, I run 1600X1200 on a 21" CRT with everything maxxed out and my X1800 handles it no sweat. Almost all games 60FPS+ at all times. Maybe if you have a 24"+ LCD you'd need SLI/Crossfire, but anything less it is just wasted money that could be spent on killer ram or better hard drives.
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    Actually there's a post on Oblivons forum(can't link due to the firewall@work) where a guy is running 1280x1024 with an SLI setup of 7800GTXs. He wanted to see how much performance he was getting from the extra card so he made a few save points and noted the FPS with single/dual card configs. He got nearly double the FPS in some places, and we aren't talking about an unnoticeable 90-180FPS jump, but a useable jump from ~30FPS to ~55.

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    Oblivion's very different from most games. Benchmarking on high settings in and outdoor area will take even dual-high-end GPUs under 60FPS. However, I play the game on maxed settings with a single 7800GT. This is because Oblivion is (unless FRAPS has some sort of bug for everyone in Oblivion) playable at around 20FPS. Unless it get below 15, you can play the game quite comfortably. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't pay hundreds of dollars to get a second card so Oblivion runs a little faster when it's playable on a single card.

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    I am a true dual GFX card person. I had 7800GTX's, 6800GS's and soon to have X1800 Crossfire. But I also don't really believe I get any real benefit in regular use from dual cards. For some unknown reason I feel compelled to spend too much money on my PC. I don't overly advise SLI/Crossfire except for 6800GS's in SLI. They will easily outperform a single 7800GTX/7900GT for the same money or less. Of course they need to be very overclocked, but the PCI-E versions OC like mad.
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