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  1. fp_hunter New Member

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    I am upgrading my system - 6800AGP

    Have $300 to spend on a new graphics card and motherboard. Will be keeping my E6600 cpu and Corsair XMS2-5400 2GB memory. What would you buy? Oh I have a 19" lcd.

    Gaming is what I will be doing mostly.
     
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    The BloodIron is great but how experienced are you with overclocking fp_hunter? There are many forum members here who own one, I would still advise against it unless you want to learn exactly what EVERYTHING is, and don't mind sitting at a bios screen for an hour.

    Check this one out:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813127034

    @File

    I advise against the P35 line of Gigabytes boards. I have seen/heard too many problems with them. Go down lower and get the P31 if you want to buy a Gigabyte.
     
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    Impossible to trust an open box unless it is less then .10 cents or something
     
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    The X1950GT is good, but it's open box which means it's already been used. I would go for a 3850, and then add a second one when needed, I've seen somewhere that crossfire is not that worse on P35 than on a X38/X48.

    P.S. Spearman, this is twice in the same thread where we type posts at the same time... :cool:
     
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    Doesnt mean its been used, you still get a warranty. Not impossible to RMA either.
     
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    I have always had good experience with ASUS and Nvidia chipsets:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131142

    Also a 8800gt or 9600gt would do great:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130318
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150277

    I would get the 8800gt though, as they are about 10-20% better.

    So thats $260 with the 9600gt or $280 with the 8800gt, after rebate. :D

    I would also not suggest Open Box items. Most of the time the accessories are missing, and could have problems the company didn't test for.
     
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    Ok Thanks All

    Thanks for the info - for sure looks like the EVGA 512-P3-N801-AR GeForce 8800GT 512MB but will have to look into the motherboards some more. I have had Asus & Abit motherboards in the past and both served me well for overclocking.

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    Yea, the evga 8800GT will definitely treat ya well. For 190 dollars it's a steal compared to the $300 I paid for mine back in December. For mobo definitely go with a P35. They're awesome to overclock!
     

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