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  1. #21
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    Dec 2002
    Winnipeg, Canada

    Default Re: New video card or overhaul?

    After reading the whole thread I have a bit of input. About the psu, I would consider your current one dangerous even without a new gfx card. There is nothing wrong with agp and pci express is just to make everybody get a new computer/mobo just like the hype when 8x agp came out. It all depends on how much $ you have for a gfx card. Asus, XFX, and evga have the best warranty. Your current gfx card is pretty low on the food chain so that 6800gs sounds like your best bet unless you got an extra $80-100 laying around for a 7800gs. Either one is going to make a very huge difference over what you have now.
    Check out some comparisons here:
    Note that a fx5700LE is not listed but I assure you that it is way slower than a standard fx5700 so take that into account.

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  2. #22
    Join Date
    Feb 2006

    Talking Re: New video card or overhaul?

    It looks overwhelmingly like that 6800GS is the best option after all is said and done. Indeed, the 7800GS would be great as well, however at this junction the extra performance of $100 wouldn't go too far for too long. If I am eventually planning on riding the PCIe wave within a year or so, then perhaps the power supply + XFX or eVGA card will be the best bang for buck.

    The PSU is dangerous, eh? I've been running on it for the three years or so time, and nothing bad has happened yet! *crosses fingers* Then again, the hardware running in it isn't too intense: Older graphics card, couple sticks of 2700 RAM, network adapter.

    Now, we just have to wait for that tax return check from Uncle Sam to come in the mail. Thanks again to everyone for all the help!

  3. #23
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    pa usa

    Exclamation Re: New video card or overhaul?

    Quote Originally Posted by casecutter
    A great cheap AGP card is the 6800GS 256MB. It should unlock to 16 pipes and it is the best card for the money with AGP. Personally, I'd upgrade your whole system, but if you just want to get a new video card get that one. Most future proof AGP card available for under $200.
    hey man,
    forget the "might unlock pipes mentallity...laff.anyway grab and 7900gt series card($290 7900gt 24 pipes ,beats the 78000gtx!)grab a cheap 2 gig kit of ram ($130)grab the new dual core p4 chip 2.6 533 chip 805 series for $134 at neweggnewegg(amazing)asus has a board on there thats pci express pd compatable for $71,p\s is a must 500watt antec\ocz($100).good luk man.that comp will smoke you!!!!!!
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  4. Default Re: New video card or overhaul?

    Well, I must butt in.

    I think you're on the right track with a new psu and video card. That 6800GS will do just about anything. A new psu is great for any computer. If you get a really good one, you probably would use it in your next build. Save money.

    I don't think they make a 7800gtx or 7900 in agp form. Either way, if you're just looking for something to get you through, I would do a total rebuild right now.

    Some of the guys have suggested tigerdirect. USE NEWEGG. I order all my stuff from there - always fast and always cheaper

    Anyways, here's one thing to consider on you next build- Go with AMD. AMD is the way of the future in gaming computer processors. They offer the best all around performance. If you do go AMD, get a dual core one. It looks like you would really appreciate a computer that can do tons of stuff at once. Wait a while until the new AM2 cores come out.

  5. #25
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Ontario, Canada

    Default Re: New video card or overhaul?

    THis thread died almost a month and a half ago. I am sure that guy not only already got another card, but he probably got a 6800GS. Not only would the GS do anything he could ever want, but the 7900 series cards are a huge waste of money. You don't need a card like that to play all modern games on high settings. Even if the pipes don't unlock, it just doesn't matter. 12 pipe cards do just fine. All this talk about more pipes is a load of horse****. Trying to tell someone to buy a whole new computer is not a good idea. As for AM2, looks like a huge flop, except of course if you wanted to get that DDR2 kit you always wanted.
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