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    Where's your money going next on gaming hardware?

    I'm gaming on a socket 939 dual core AMD system right now, I've got a x1900xt and i'm all overclocked. I'd been considering rebuilding with Core 2 or AM2 but the start reality is - neither are worth the money.

    Consider this - I'm gaming at 1600x1200 so where's my bottleneck? Yep, that's right - the GPU. So if I bought myself a 8800GTX instead of a new motherboard, memory and CPU i'd see a major speed boost versus next to none. This seems to be confirmed by looking a my ikkle cpu/temp monitor (parallel port driven 2 line LCD) which _never_ shows the cpu maxing in-game, especially when that game is graphically intensive. With multi-core aware game engines on the way I'm starting to wonder just how long it is till i need to replace the core system components - my guess is not until quad core is commonplace/affordable.

    Do you disagree?

    My only problem is that I'm not sure how long the 8800GTX is and since a 1900XT only just fits in my case... Dremel time for a new card? lol.
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    I agree, although arguably it's better to get the 8800gts and probably get just the same speed boost with your CPU.

    You can then sell the x1900xt to me at vast discount for the overclocking abuse you've given it

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    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel View Post
    I agree, although arguably it's better to get the 8800gts and probably get just the same speed boost with your CPU.

    You can then sell the x1900xt to me at vast discount for the overclocking abuse you've given it
    LOL well it's been watercooled - so it's had a less hard life than you might think

    I think i'd get the GTX simply because it'll scale better when I do upgrade - plus i've never really pushed my CPU that hard (it's only at 2.4) as yet. It'll be interesting to see some benchies with CPU speed factored in..
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