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Buying a new Graphics Card...

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Brutalfate, Sep 17, 2006.

  1. Brutalfate New Member

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    Hey there, I'm thinking of buying a brand new Graphics card to replace my Radeon 9600XT. I want to spend around $300 - $500 AUS, any suggestions? I do quite a bit of gaming..

    My Specs:

    350 Watt PSU
    Intel P4 CPU 3.00Ghz
    1GB of RAM
  2. overclock[r] New Member

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    i would say do a full system upgrade first
    that system as about 4yrs old!!!
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    depending on what you can afford, (not sure what the AUS to UK rate is), but im guess that you system is AGP, so here goes.... (most powerful at the top, working down).

    1. ATI X850XT PE (SM2 only)
    2. ATI X850XT (SM2 only)
    3. ATI X850PRO (SM2 only)
    4. ATI X800XT PE (SM2 only)
    5. ATI X800XT (SM2 only)
    joint 6th
    6. nVidia 7800GS (Can be unlocked to 24 pipelines from 16)
    6. nVidia 6800 Ultra Extreme
    7. ATI X800XL (SM2 only)
    8. nVidia 6800 Ultra

    this is based on raw power and what is better for an AGP system. basically just any of the ATI X800 series graphics card, for nVidia any of the higher end 6800 or the 7800 if your budget would allow, but im sure most of here would recommend for an AGP system ATI X800 series.
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    i agree, you won't be satisfied spending 3-500 on a new graphics card getting you 5 fps more, 'caue the rest of the system is holding you back
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    For AGP, you can't really get the latest and greatest card. However, you can certainly get an extremely good one. Personally, I reccomend the 7800GS. However, you're probably going to run into a power issue with that 350W power supply, I think you should get a nice beefy Antec. If you don't feel like spending that much money, I can find you some cheaper alternatives :).
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    7900gs
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    Hey, thanks! Thats very much appreciated. ^^
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    Well, I guess I'll be investing in a whole system upgrade.. Thanks guys.
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    may i suggest u upgrade to conroe?
    a good board would be p5wdh deluxe or the dfi rd600 ut lanparty when it comes out
    then u can get a x1900xt and a gamextreme 600 watt psu
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    Dude.. that'd be awesome, although It might be a bit over my budget? I'm 14, might take quite a while to save, any idea about the prices of those boards?
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    Well, I'll post all my current specs in more detail:

    Centurion 5 Cooler Master
    ATX ps2 350Watt PSU
    Intel i865PE Chiptset P4 Titan series (GA-8IPE775)
    Intel Pentium 4 530 @ 3000 Mhz
    ATI Radeon 9600XT 256MB
    ST380013AS 80GB HDD
    WDC 160GB HDD
    LITE-ON DVDRW LDW-851S
    Marvell yukon gigabit ethernet 10/100/1000
    Hyundai DDR-SDRAM PC3200 (200 MHz)-[DDR-400] x2
  12. overclock[r] New Member

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    hmm... 14
    try to convince ur parents tto buy it
    say its for "research"
    p5wdh is about 230$... pretty cheap if u ask me
    rd 600 will be priced around 250-260... bit more expencive, still buyable
    e6300 conroe- 175 (cheapest i could froogle)
    x1900xt-230$
    x1900xtx-250$
    x-fi xtreme music- 60$ (sry i bought the last one off amazon, u can still look out for restock though)
    full custom watercooling- around 300$
    that should give u a "state of the art" computer
    have any experience with overclocking?
    the point of conroe e6300 is cheap, performance it can clock up to 3ghz
    i reccommend u dont go with dfi untill u consider urself an expert overclocker
    check this thread
    http://xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?p=1701487#post1701487
    for the custom watercooling thing that i have
    i created a thread
    thats what u should get
    around 350$
    if u want a thermochill pa 120.3 its 400$ for a full custom watercooling setup
    oh ya, get two 250gb sata hdds and raid them
    check some sites for deals
    slickdeals.net
    xtremesystems.org (just for help with xtreme overclocking)
    sell everything, piece them out and u probably can get 700-800$ off that stuff
    remember the trick on ebay is to price things fairly low and give them 20$ shipping or something
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    Sweet.. okay thanks, i'll check those out.. I think this coming weekend I'll head down to the Computer markets, they've always got great deals there.. I'll see what i can get, and money wise I'll probably just end up burning a whole in my trust fund. xD
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    go to
    newegg.com
    tigerdirect.com
    froogle.com
    to find more deals
    and also
    slickdeals.net is for "slicker" deals
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    what the....his comp doesnt need such an upgrade

    i basically got the same system as you. i got an x800 pro for $200 AUS, back a couple of months ago, flashed it to an xt pe and its beautiful. i run most of the latest games on full with no troubles. i was playing doom 3 on ultra settings, max pixels (1280x1024 on 19" screen) with no probs, and i get 80ish FPS in cs: source with full settings :p

    so without spending too much money, just get something like a better PSU and an x800, and it should run you fine :D
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    You should get a after market cooler for the card aswell, like a arctic cooling silencer that exausts air out your case. (seen you were looking to do some case modding aswell, maybe get a silent cpu cooler... Vantec AeroFlow / CPU / Heatsink + Fan / Socket A).
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    yea i agree with chewy.

    spend like 300ish (on an x800 and all the cooling/modding you want) and save your money till the newer stuff drops down a little bit.

    like i always say, its pointless getting the latest stuff, in a couple of months its bound to come down in price heaps when the newer stuff comes out, so whats the point of spending all your dough now :p

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