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    Default 6600GT vs. 6800

    I have 250-300 (US) to spend on a new vid card, but I don't know wether to get the 6600GT, or the 6800. One one hand, the 6800 has a more advanced chip, but on the other hand, the 6600GT has GDDR3 memory. Help please.
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    Default Re: 6600GT vs. 6800

    Hey ,I bought a 6800 for $257us sweet card overclocks well it is an xfx 6800 standard . Go with bang for the buck ...save some cash for next upgrade woot ..
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    Default Re: 6600GT vs. 6800

    Just get the 6800. It's better; that's all there is to it.

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    Default Re: 6600GT vs. 6800

    Thats what I thought, thanks guys.

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    Default Re: 6600GT vs. 6800

    Well with the money you have the 6800 looks like a good deal, but if your system isn't all out powerful on it's own you may get some bottlenecking with the 6800. It all depends on your system! With your system, I'd say there may be a chance of bottlenecking, since your Processor is below 3 ghz. But i'd say its probably unlikely. Just think about upping your processor sometime soon.
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    Default Re: 6600GT vs. 6800

    The GDDR3 memory on the 6600GT won't help you one bit as far as end performance goes, since the card is even further crippled than the 6800. I have an XFX 6800 refitted with the Arctic Cooling NV Silencer 5 (the stock XFX cooler seemed at a little inadequate but if you don't overclock it will do more than enough). It is a wonderful card, and its among the cheapest of the 6800s.

    Not to put down the 6600GT of course, because performance per dollar ratio is one of the best, up there along with the 6800 and 9700 Pro. And we know the 9700 is out of the question.

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    Default Re: 6600GT vs. 6800

    I believe the some of the best advice to be had is found here! It's where i personally have learned much, that being said think I would consider a different option. If you are talking pci-x, maybe the 6600gt could concievably be the better option. With N4-sli just hitting the stores the money saved could be put towards the newer motherboards. Asus it already introducing their first 2X pci configurations. One 6600gt could handle most anything out today. By moving to the newer board with a second slot alvailable in the future for sli configuration. It would seem to me to be the most inexpensive way to build an upgradable machine for the least with the most bang.

    You didn't state what your cpu is, but if it is 939 capable. You would have a flexible base for excellent transional adaptation with what comes down the road in the future. In fact I myself am re-evaluating my options and putting off upgrades right now for just such an eventuality now. One thing I'm rather sure of is N4-sli is going to change things dramatically and faster than we anticipate. Feed back from the "Pros from Dover" on this would be appreciated greatly.

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    Reading further through the boards I see where YawgmOth posted similiar thoughts, see told ya i was learning!
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    Why does every one keep refering to PCI-E as PCI-X??? not cool.
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    Default Re: 6600GT vs. 6800

    Well here's something new you can learn, Day...

    PCI-X, or the extended peripheral component interconnect (PCI) bus, is not the same thing as PCI-E, A.K.A. PCI Express. PCI-X is basically a faster version of PCI used on servers for Gigabit Ethernet, SCSI, and SATA controller cards, among other things. It isn't used with video cards, and won't be used much at all once PCI-E starts seeing widespread use on all server platforms.

    NF4 SLI is nice, but kind o firrelevant in this situation. If you can dish out another $500 or so for an SLI board and socket 939 processor (and probaly a new PSU), go for it. But I'm given the impression that this is just a video card upgrade.

    As for bottlenecking, I wouldn't worry about. In most games, it you'll see advantage from a 6800 over anything weaker. You might not see much difference in more CPU-limited games, such as Unreal Tournament 2004, but games that use more GPU power, such as Half-Life 2 and Doom 3, will see advantage from more expensive cards. Plus, it's more useful when you next upgrade the system since you won't really need a new video card (though I'd imagine you'd go with PCI-E for your next full system upgrade).

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    Default Re: 6600GT vs. 6800

    although not a card of your choice, you can pick up an ASUS 6800gt for 399 CDN. Again, gotta know where too look, and most of the time that will be a small-ish local computer shop.

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