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Knucklesx40
11-26-2005, 12:30 AM
So i was thinking about getting a new video card for christmas but im not sure what to get. Im looking for a step up from my current card which is a NVIDIA GeForce FX 5700 Ultra (128MB). I want something at a decent price and something that can handle 2 monitors and has improved graphics from the 5700. I found the Chaintech GeForce 6600 GT which can be found here http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=1118503&sku=C460-7023

But still im not sure. Any suggestions?

Spongebob
11-26-2005, 12:55 AM
So i was thinking about getting a new video card for christmas but im not sure what to get. Im looking for a step up from my current card which is a NVIDIA GeForce FX 5700 Ultra (128MB). I want something at a decent price and something that can handle 2 monitors and has improved graphics from the 5700. I found the Chaintech GeForce 6600 GT which can be found here http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=1118503&sku=C460-7023

But still im not sure. Any suggestions?



That card is PCI Express in the link, you will most likely need a card that is AGP if you use your current mainboard.
What exactly are you trying to run that doesn't work with the FX 5700 ulta card? That should be O.K. with most stuff at a defualt setting. I know the one I use to own was O.K. for most things. Updating to the 6600 GT would be a slight improvement but its possible that your other hardware isn't up to snuff, and the gain you'd get would most certainly depend on that also.

Knucklesx40
11-26-2005, 03:12 AM
well i actually just want things to look better in games and such.

Amd_Lover2004
11-26-2005, 04:06 AM
You still need a decient computer in order to run a good graphics card.

What are your system specs?

Knucklesx40
11-26-2005, 05:59 AM
Pentium 4 Cpu 3.00Ghz 1.5GB of RAM
what else do u need

AsianBatman
11-26-2005, 06:39 AM
A 6600gt will provide more than just alittle improvement in new games. Whats your budget.

Knucklesx40
11-26-2005, 07:07 AM
oh i would say i wouldnt want to go much over $150

Spongebob
11-26-2005, 09:53 AM
Pentium 4 Cpu 3.00Ghz 1.5GB of RAM
what else do u need


The CPU is good but what about your mainboard? Does it really have a PCI express port for the card you are considering?
If you can use PCI express the 6600GT would probably be a good choice in my opinion considering your price range, I think they also make an AGP version but I could be wrong. Another card that would outperform your current GeForce card would be an X700 for around $100 US, and I'm guessing your current PSU (Power supply unit) would have no problem powering it considering the card your using now.

AsianBatman
11-26-2005, 10:24 AM
I think he is using a AGP motherboard.

Knucklesx40
11-26-2005, 11:08 AM
how can i check

Yawgm0th
11-26-2005, 11:13 AM
Don't bother. You're using a card that wasn't made for PCI-E. Well, it technically was, but not under that name.

Knucklesx40
11-26-2005, 11:21 AM
well wait it says ASUS P4C800-E Deluxe Motherboard if that helps anyone
also a 420 watt power supply

Yawgm0th
11-26-2005, 11:29 AM
Yeah, that's AGP.

Knucklesx40
11-26-2005, 12:21 PM
ok so how about suggetions of an agp card?

AsianBatman
11-26-2005, 12:59 PM
what is your budget.

Spongebob
11-26-2005, 07:52 PM
what is your budget.


He told you this earlier. (oh i would say i wouldnt want to go much over $150)



Knucklesx40, if you do a little shopping around you might be able to get a 9800 pro for close to your price range, better yet you can get the 6600GT AGP style for slightly more or a refurbished 6800 for around your price range.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814125179
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814125142R

I only looked at Gigabyte cards since they tend to run cheaper than some so maybe a different brand would be less.

As I said before you might want to check your PSU to see what brand and model you have, then post it here. That way someone will let you know if it's its up to snuff for the card you plan to get. I'm guessing it'll be fine for the 9800 pro but depending on what you have for a PSU, I'm not too sure about the other two cards I suggested.

Knucklesx40
11-27-2005, 12:00 AM
PSU?

(can you tell im a rookie)

Spongebob
11-27-2005, 12:29 AM
PSU?

(can you tell im a rookie)

PSU =Power supply unit. You need a good unit to run a high end video card otherwise you could. (A). Get computer crashs or software crashes (B). Get strange graphics problems (C). Undesired system restarts. (D). Possibly damage your new video card or other hardware. (E). Whatever else that I might not have thought of.

Trust me it will be a real pain when your playing a graphics demanding game or whatever else and all of a sudden it stops before you get a chance save. The PSU you have might be good enough but check it out before you purchase your card or you might just have an unexpected expence that you never even considered.

Knucklesx40
11-27-2005, 01:37 AM
so it says i have a 420 watt power supply is that good enough

Yawgm0th
11-27-2005, 02:04 AM
What brand power supply is it?

Knucklesx40
11-27-2005, 02:11 AM
Well all it says is 400WATTPS-420 Watt power supply on my info page, i have an alienware computer if that tells you anything

Yawgm0th
11-27-2005, 02:13 AM
It will probably be good enough.