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    Default Your advice

    Hey everyone

    I'm building myself a new gaming rig that I want to overclock.
    -AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+
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    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce 6800GS 256MB

    I'd like to know your advice on that. Like is there a part that is too fast or too slow? I don't know know much about new graphic cards... What's the best bang for the bucks in the 200-3000$(CAN) range?

    I'd like to know the good air cooling brands too.
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    DO NOT get a 6800GT and get a 6800GS. It will smoke the GT when overclocked. The GS is faster with 12 pipes so don't let that influence your decision. If possible, get a 7800/7900 series card, but the absolute best bang for the buck hands down is the 6800GS. Also, make sure you shop at NCIX or CanadaComputers. Those are the ONLY 2 places in Canada I would ever shop for PC stuff.
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    Default Re: Your advice

    What is the difference between GTX and GT in the 7800/7900 serie?

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    Don't know about the Canadian market, but over here the 6800GS isn't even a viable option anymore. They seem to have stopped making them (or at least stopped supplying them to retailers) and the 7600GT is cheaper and better anyway.

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    Ah yes, I forgot all about that 7600GT. That has already shown to blow the 6800GS out of the water, thanks for reminding me of that. Same pricepoint too.

    In the 7800 series, the GT is a 20 pipe core with slower memory. The 7800 GTX is a 24 pipe card adnd faster memory.

    In the 7900 series they both have 24 pipes and the GTX is clocked higher and better memory I think?

    The 7900 GT is THE card to get if you can, but that 7600GT is THE budget card to get with some really amazing overclocks being reported for them too.
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    Yes, the 7900GT is going for just under $400 right now and actualy today there is a special on NCIX and you save something like $30 on the EVGA, and you get a copy of Age of Empires as well I do believe.

    Yeah NCIX and CanadaComputers are the only plaace to shop in canada, unless of coarse you find a place in your area that will price match.
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    Well, it sounds like you have a really good start. Since you are going to be overclocking, why don't you get an Opteron 165? It's $30 cheaper and the core is similar to the FX-60 (which is crazy). The 165 will overclock great - I've heard of 2.6 ish on a stock heatsink. Just something to consider.

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    Just for reference, I get 2.8GHz out of my Opteron 165 on stock voltage. That is a 1GHz overclock. I do run water, but the stock HSF was still keeping the load temps under 50C. On my current water setup, my load temps are under 40C.
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    I also suggest an Opteron 165. Since you are going to overclock you will want some faster RAM(DDR500), otherwise you'll have to run a divider. If your buget allows, get some RAM with lower latency as well. OCZ GX Gold is supposed to be among the better RAM for OC/fast latencies.

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