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Currently ATi is the better value. Though if your lucky you can find some really good deals on the GTX260 (close to that $200 mark) since nVidia brought out the new 216 shader version of the 260 (old version was 192 shaders). The old 260 would give you the option for SLI and is a good card if found cheap enough. It will beat a 4850 but if your spending close to the same cost as a 4870, the 4870 would be the better value.
What resolution do you game at? A powerfull single card solution is typically less of a hassle. Currently though Crossfire is not a bad choice for some people, again depending on resolution?
well I am running a MB that is SLI and will prob purchase a 9800 within my price range (set by the wife at $200) Ill grab another in a few months as prices drop. Im glad to hear the ATI is back in the lead but the MB is SLI not CF and I have to run with what I have. Id rather invest in an SLI pair than a single ATI card it just makes more sense for the long view. Something to get me by for another 2-3 years.
I wish I still had the income to do a big full system upgrade every other year but it is what it is.
Ill try for a 260 but doubt that prices will drop enough by next month.
Hey I fully understand having budget [cough] wife [cough] restraints to work within :row__593:
I would skrimp and save then or look for a used 260. If not then be sure to grab the 9800GTX+ version. NOTE THE PLUS SIGN!! I would not botther with the 9800GT. However if your lucky you might find a pair of 9800GT's for your $200 and be a fairly strong set up.
What resolution do you play at currently. An SLI set up really is going to only pay for itself at larger resolutions or if you keep them for a long while.