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  1. Slash Beast New Member

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    UPDATE

    Okay so I finally bought my PSU and installed it. I went with a Black Widow 550W modular. Works like a charm. :)

    Now that I got the PSU in I need to figure out what GPU I want. I was thinking of getting a PNY 9800 GT. http://www3.pny.com/9800-GT-1024MB-PCIe-P2727C331.aspx#Specifications

    Thoughts? I've got 512mb RAM and a core 2 duo processor operating at 1.86 ghz each.
     
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    The link is broken.

    Also, your current system won't really be a beast at any games with the specs you have. The processor would hold back a better video card if you were to buy one. But just know that by spending the money on a 9800GT now you are leaving little room for future playability.
     
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    Fill out you system specs please.

    What are you planning to do with the system?. The 9800 GT is a decent card, but if your doing a lot of heavy gaming, then i would look elsewhere. The rest of the system sounds pretty subpar, definitely look into more RAM and maybe overclock that Core 2 Duo, or buy a faster one.
     
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    http://support.gateway.com/s/PC/R/1009212/1009212nv.shtml

    Plan on gaming with it.
     
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    512mb of ram :| is it 2001 again? thats going to be a weak point with any game no matter about the gpu :rolleyes:
     
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    Think a 1gb stick would be sufficient?
     
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    At least 4GB for heavy gaming.

    And that link to the specs of the computer says it has 2GB installed.
     
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    Heavy gaming...what do you mean by that?
     
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    CDdude55 Crazy 4 TPU!!!

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    If gaming is the main priority for the rig.
     
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    Oh does it? :eek:

    Well if it has 2 gb installed I think i'd be okay with another gig then. I'm content with only 3 gigs tbh. I can upgrade to 4 at a later date I guess.

    So assuming I install the additional stick of RAM I should be okay with a 9800 GT correct, make a reccomendation? Also, whats the difference between a GT and a GTX if there even is a difference.
     
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    3Gb of RAM is alright(you need DDR2 RAM), and do you have a budget?

    The 9800 GT is an ok card, but there is always the GTX 260 or 4890(or even a 5770), which will give you much more performance in games. Also, the 9800 GT is just a rebadged 8800 GT, it has a smaller die then the 8800 GT hence it runs a bit cooler, but same in performance. The 9800 GTX is performs better, but not by much.
     
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    Yeah I'm on about a 130$ budget for the GPU. But it'll only be temporary as I plan on going to an HD in about a year or so. Also, does it matter if the card is a GDDR3? What does that mean?

    Here's the card I'm looking at currently: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/PNY+-+XLR8+NVIDIA+GeForce+9800+GTX%2B+512MB+GDDR3+PCI+Express+Graphics+Card/8968138.p?id=1217029964973&skuId=8968138&st=9800%20GTX&cp=1&lp=2
     
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    To put it simply,GDDR is the type of memory used on a video card. It can range from GDDR to GDDR5, the higher the type the higher the bandwidth.

    The 9800 GTX is a decent card, but it's definitely not the best cheap card you can get for gaming, if your willing to spend a little more there always this nice Zodiac GTX 260:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500145&cm_re=gtx_260-_-14-500-145-_-Product

    But if your only going to be using a video card temporarily as you said, then the 9800 GTX/9800 GT is a good pick for the time being.
     
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    You don't need to invest in more RAM. 2GB is fine for now because it's not like you're ever gonna be playing Crysis on this setup. I play whatever I want with 2GB, Crysis was the only game that got choppy because I only have 2GB, everything else is fine.
     
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    Mmm..nice.
     

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