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#183956 - 11/16/07 01:40 AM Re: PC Component Advice Wanted [Re: CV]
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The HD3870 should be $219. The 8800GTs are theoretically $249, but they're really pushing $300 at this point, because of the huge demand.
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#183957 - 11/16/07 01:42 AM Re: PC Component Advice Wanted [Re: Ken.C]
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I guess I'll be going with the HD3870. Ha ha. And if I really need a little extra, I'll Crossfire down the road.
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#183972 - 11/16/07 12:13 PM Re: PC Component Advice Wanted [Re: CV]
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I've thought the same thing, but what I've read is that Crossfire really isn't worth it. Just get a new video card...
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#183986 - 11/16/07 12:58 PM Re: PC Component Advice Wanted [Re: Ken.C]
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The 8800GTs are sold out everywhere because they are a mid priced card that is pushing speeds up there with the 600 to 800 dollar cards. It's a much better card for the money if you can spare the extra 50$ or so.

Dollar for dollar, you can't beat it. It's like buying Axioms!!

Experimenting with dual cards gave me improved but limitedly improved results in all but the most taxing of 3d loads. Start with the 800GTs and then when you decide that you need to try make Crysis look even more pretty you can consider adding a second card. Although I understand there is no PC/video system in the consumer realm yet that will play the game smoothly at it's highest settings so....
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#183990 - 11/16/07 01:02 PM Re: PC Component Advice Wanted [Re: Murph]
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Sigh. I really want to play Crysis, but I've got a 1950Pro. Which was a really good card when I got it in January!
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#183991 - 11/16/07 01:03 PM Re: PC Component Advice Wanted [Re: Murph]
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Forgot to leave a link so you can determine for yourself if the GT is worth a few extra bucks. It's a 15 page review so the link sends you to the conclusions on the last page...

http://www.tomshardware.com/2007/10/29/geforce_8800_gt/page15.html
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#183994 - 11/16/07 01:05 PM Re: PC Component Advice Wanted [Re: Murph]
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Gawd, you guys just leave me breathless. Geektastic.

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#183995 - 11/16/07 01:05 PM Re: PC Component Advice Wanted [Re: Murph]
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Check out the techreport.com reviews on both the 8800GT and the 3870. That might tell you if it's worthwhile to put in the extra money and wait your turn...
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#184004 - 11/16/07 01:11 PM Re: PC Component Advice Wanted [Re: Ken.C]
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Also a good review. Now you are making me want to buy another card!!

Stupid money, Thinks it shouldn't grow on trees!
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#184005 - 11/16/07 01:13 PM Re: PC Component Advice Wanted [Re: Ken.C]
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I forget where I was looking at the 3DMark06 comparison, but while the 8800GT was consistently on top, it wasn't by a lot, and the person was noting that the 3870 looked better to them. What I'd really like to hear about is if the 3870, at 55nm, actually uses less power, and it would be nice to know who has the quietest fan.
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