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Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by bhaskar15, Dec 23, 2006.

  1. bhaskar15 New Member

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    First, My spec are:
    Core 2 Duo E6700
    Gigabyte 965P-DS3
    XFX Geforce 7300 GS 256 mb
    1 Gb DDR2 Ram 800 mhz( changed to 800 from 533)
    WD Caviar 250 gb

    I'm a hardcore gamer, but on a budget restrictions. I currently have 7300 GS 256 mb, which does not supply enough horsepower for me. I don't want to spend much money on DX9 card, so I would have enough saved for a DX10 card. The cards i'm gonna buy for now are:
    Saphire X1600 XT 256 mb OR nVidia Geforce 7600GS OR 7800GS.
    I need atleast 256 mb but 512 will go too.But the problem is it has to be priced near a XFX GForce 7300 GS.
    Any suggestions anyone?
    My budget is around 70 $ to 140 $.
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  2. curt New Member

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    hey might help

    i my self bought a 7800gs 256mb buget its not but it is a awsome agp card well worth the $460 canadian i paid for it after getting it only chop i get is cpu related like black and white an battle field 2 with 128 bots :) but it wil dubble the speed of a fx6600 and probly the 7600 to not shur it killes the x700 i benched no compatability ishews yeat sept old alien vs preditor :( but that the only one ther is a cold bug with the card so dont plan on usen water coolin but as for that so far i bin runnen my card stock speeds i did some heat sink mods but had to turn down the fan cus of this cold bug lol it will proform slow under 40c lol so stop the fan with your finger for a sek till it goes smothe an its all good
  3. bhaskar15 New Member

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    i'm using PCIe....
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    oh

    ouch
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    X850xt would do you alot of good for you're budget. Much better than a 7300gt. As long as you don't just play splinter cell, not having shader model 3.0 wouldn't hurt.
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    For now I can't decide whether a 512 mb lower end card or new 256 mb card, or an ati card or a nvidia ... can't decide too confused......any ideas?
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    I want a 130$ or lower gooooood card.The saphire ati X1600 XT 256 looks good, u think i should get this or 7600GT?
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    Random Murderer The Anti-Midas

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    the 1600xt works well for me, but ive also heard good things about the 7600gt....
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    The X1600 series cards are the bigest waste of money there is. An X850 will kick it all over the room and overclocks like a madman.
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    Random Murderer The Anti-Midas

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    true, but good luck finding one for $130...
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    no way, i may buy one...
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    @bhaskar15 your bottleneck is probably both the gpu and the 1GB ram, upgrade to 2gb when you can.
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    yea, i know, thanks for reiterating what youve been telling me for the last week.
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    Perhaps a set of faster RAM would help too... 533 is kinda slow.
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    go with the x850. thg shows that the x850 completely wipes the floor with the x1600xt and the 7600gt.
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    Ram is not my concern, only gpu is.With Core 2 Duo E6700 clocked at 3.7 ghz ! gives me enough power. But Graphics is another thing. Please tell me 1 thing, If i have 256 mb card and get 60 fps in NFS underground (with all details On) @ 1280*1024 resolution, will a 512 mb card
    raise the fps to higher. OR a neewer card will give more fps even of the same memory.
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    oh yeah, forgot to tell, the card has to be Vista ready too. ^_^
    Actually I'm running Vista Ultimate Now....So no compromising in performance, and I can check its performance rating too. I changed to 800 mhz 1 gb ram.
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    A 512Mb card will run better with higher resolution only, If you plan on using 1280x1024 then a 256MB card will be fine! ;)
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    Which one is better X1900GT for $129 or X1600XT, also which factor in a gpu increases or affects Frame rate? I got 30 fps in NFS underground with all setting to high, at 1024 resolution with XFX 7300GS 256mb oc'd.
    So will getting which one of the above increase the fps ? I will soon upgrade my monitor to 19" lcd, so high resolution gaming would be my concern with this gpu. sry, but this is my first gpu upgrade. :)
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    X1900GT will kick ass any X1600/X1650/GF7600:D
    And you will get the sexy HDR with AA for using an ATi card in NFS. (I play NFS Carbon with X1950Pro and its sexy)
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    1 last question before i buy, how much fps did you get in 1024 resolution.AND, is it really 129$ ??
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    That card will give you huge fps in 1024x768, Its not far behind my X1950pro, slower clocks but same amount of pipes, shaders etc just doesn't have sm3! Will clock nicely aswel! ;)

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