- Jan 29, 2006
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- My house.
|Processor||AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ Brisbane @ 2.8GHz (224x12.5, 1.425V)|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte sumthin-or-another, it's got an nForce 430|
|Cooling||Dual 120mm case fans front/rear, Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro, Zalman VF-900 on GPU|
|Memory||2GB G.Skill DDR2 800|
|Video Card(s)||Sapphire X850XT @ 580/600|
|Storage||WD 160 GB SATA hard drive.|
|Display(s)||Hanns G 19" widescreen, 5ms response time, 1440x900|
|Case||Thermaltake Soprano (black with side window).|
|Audio Device(s)||Soundblaster Live! 24 bit (paired with X-530 speakers).|
|Power Supply||ThermalTake 430W TR2|
|Software||XP Home SP2, can't wait for Vista SP1.|
I've waited long enough, I've worked hard for my money, I'm tired of bad performance from Darth Flatulence, and I'm in the upgrade spirit. So I decided that I'm getting a new video card. After some thinking I narrowed it down to four choices, the Radeon 9600, the Radeon 9800SE, the Geforce FX5500, and the Geforce 6200. I eliminated the 9600 and the FX5500 pretty quickly, and decided to think about the Radeon 9800SE or the Geforce 6200. The GPUreview comparison said that they were pretty close to equivalent on everything except memory bandwidth (twice as much on the 9800SE, I wonder why, 9800SE has 128 bit memory, 6200 has 64 bit memory). Basically, I can get the 6200 now, and only spend $45 (I have about that amount to spend). Newegg link here http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814130008 . I can either do that or save up a few more weeks, and get a 9800SE with copper RAMsinks and Arctic Cooling MX1 Thermal Compound (I have VGA silencer). This would cost me $95 after all was said and done, and I'm not sure I want to wait. I would DEFINITELY do the softmod if I were to go with the 9800SE. And yes the 9800SE was bottlenecked on Darth Flatulence, 1GHZ P3, 512MB PC133, Intel i815E Solano. I just wanted to hear your thoughts .