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  • theclamtheclam Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    You should be able to get both those games running at max. I think it's a good deal.

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  • NathrakNathrak Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    I would pass and wait for a single more modern card that would continue to get driver support and come with a warranty. If you really only care about DA and Fallout 3 though they'd run fine on the 8800 GTS 640s. Also make sure benchmarks you saw were for 8800 GTS 640s specifically as they are significantly worse than an 8800GT or 8800GTS 512

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  • acidlacedpenguinacidlacedpenguin Institutionalized Safe in jail.Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    wait. . . since when can SLI support multiple displays?

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  • FofamitFofamit Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Oh also, one of my friends who has all of this computer certs told me that my board can support Crossfire and it only requires a software unlock. I know this would obviously void the warranty of motherboard, but that ended years and years ago.

    If this is the case, then I guess I am also considering upgrading to a 5770, then crossfire later on. Since it seems that the 5770 in a crossfire configuration can reach stock speeds of a 5870.

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  • DiannaoChongDiannaoChong Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Don't know what your money situation looks like, but a 460 for 200$ is a damn DAMN fine card, and considering you can get a lifetime warranty on it, makes it a pretty sweet deal. If you end up doing SLI on that later on, you will have a setup cheaper, and better then a 480.


    I could be mistaken, but I dont think dual 8800's will run dragon age/fallout3 at max settings. they will run the games extremely well for sure..

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  • SynthesisSynthesis Honda Today! Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    wait. . . since when can SLI support multiple displays?

    Actually, for a while now.

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  • FofamitFofamit Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Don't know what your money situation looks like, but a 460 for 200$ is a damn DAMN fine card, and considering you can get a lifetime warranty on it, makes it a pretty sweet deal. If you end up doing SLI on that later on, you will have a setup cheaper, and better then a 480.


    I could be mistaken, but I dont think dual 8800's will run dragon age/fallout3 at max settings. they will run the games extremely well for sure..

    The whole "limited lifetime warranty" thing kind of makes me uneasy. Since I heard with some companies in the very fine print it is actually not human lifetime like I assumed, but the lifetime of the actual product. So if they discontinue the product then the warranty is over.

    Is this true?

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  • SpoitSpoit *twitch twitch* Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    In the past, some companies actually replaced, say, a broken 8800GT with a 9800, but then again, that's pretty much the same thing.

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  • DiannaoChongDiannaoChong Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Fofamit wrote: »
    Don't know what your money situation looks like, but a 460 for 200$ is a damn DAMN fine card, and considering you can get a lifetime warranty on it, makes it a pretty sweet deal. If you end up doing SLI on that later on, you will have a setup cheaper, and better then a 480.


    I could be mistaken, but I dont think dual 8800's will run dragon age/fallout3 at max settings. they will run the games extremely well for sure..

    The whole "limited lifetime warranty" thing kind of makes me uneasy. Since I heard with some companies in the very fine print it is actually not human lifetime like I assumed, but the lifetime of the actual product. So if they discontinue the product then the warranty is over.

    Is this true?

    Actually a lifetime warranty always defaults to the average lifetime of such a product. You are going to want to buy a new video card when the thing breaks at that point, instead of getting a replacement. With a video card I dont know what that is, but 4-5 years after I have been able to cash them in before. Generally when the model stops getting made for whatever reason, theyill upgrade you to the next model up if there are in that generation. Usually they are pretty good about making sure you make out with a better card then what you had if they have to give you a card from a different generation.

    Theres really nothing to be uneasy about, because at its base its phenomenally better then 1 year/90 days / return policy of the store. I recommend EVGA for an nvidia card, their customer service if you do get an issue can be slowish, but they take care of you. They recently replaced a day 1 260 (before they added more cores) out of warranty(I didnt register it like a dumbass) with the 260 that is the better model. They've done similar in the past, and this isnt to say they make bad parts, I am rough on hardware and use alot of it so Ive had fair share of failures all around.

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  • FofamitFofamit Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    *Update*

    So then, I decided to get a new video card. Just put in the order. I was debating between the GTX 460 or a 465 (MSI Twin whatever Gold Edition) pre-unlocked to a 470.

    So.... I was debating the $55 difference, and apparently the unlocked 465 comes with Mafia 2 now (and the same three games the 460 does) and I've heard some reasonably good things about that game, so I thought what the hell. Odds are I am not going to SLI, might as well get a nicer card.

    If you're curious, here are the links:

    MSI GeForce GTX 460 Fermi Cyclone OC 725MHZ 1024MB
    http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=54624&vpn=N460GTX%20Cyclone1GD5/OC&manufacture=MSI/MicroStar

    MSI GTX 465 Twin Frozr II Golden Edition Fermi 607MHZ 1280MB 320-BIT GDDR5 2XDVI PCI-E Video Card
    This GTX 465 ships with 448 cores, 40 ROPs, and 56 texture units.
    http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=54937&vpn=N465GTX%20Twin%20Frozr%20II%20GE%20UNLOCKED&manufacture=MSI/MicroStar

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  • FofamitFofamit Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Fofamit wrote: »
    Don't know what your money situation looks like, but a 460 for 200$ is a damn DAMN fine card, and considering you can get a lifetime warranty on it, makes it a pretty sweet deal. If you end up doing SLI on that later on, you will have a setup cheaper, and better then a 480.


    I could be mistaken, but I dont think dual 8800's will run dragon age/fallout3 at max settings. they will run the games extremely well for sure..

    The whole "limited lifetime warranty" thing kind of makes me uneasy. Since I heard with some companies in the very fine print it is actually not human lifetime like I assumed, but the lifetime of the actual product. So if they discontinue the product then the warranty is over.

    Is this true?

    Actually a lifetime warranty always defaults to the average lifetime of such a product. You are going to want to buy a new video card when the thing breaks at that point, instead of getting a replacement. With a video card I dont know what that is, but 4-5 years after I have been able to cash them in before. Generally when the model stops getting made for whatever reason, theyill upgrade you to the next model up if there are in that generation. Usually they are pretty good about making sure you make out with a better card then what you had if they have to give you a card from a different generation.

    Theres really nothing to be uneasy about, because at its base its phenomenally better then 1 year/90 days / return policy of the store. I recommend EVGA for an nvidia card, their customer service if you do get an issue can be slowish, but they take care of you. They recently replaced a day 1 260 (before they added more cores) out of warranty(I didnt register it like a dumbass) with the 260 that is the better model. They've done similar in the past, and this isnt to say they make bad parts, I am rough on hardware and use alot of it so Ive had fair share of failures all around.

    That's also good to hear and know.

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