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Ati - Nvidia what should I get Please Help

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May 12, 2006 5:58:06 AM

Hi, I am upgrading my current 6800GT AGP and I was considering going for the 7600GT but I dont know if it is a worth while upgrade.

I have the following:
Asrock Dual SATAII MB (Supports both AGP and PCIX)
2gb of RAM
AMD 3500+
19" LCD Panel 1024x1280

My rig is mostly used for gaming. Max resolution on the panel is 1024x1280 so I dont know how powerful a card I need for this native resolution. I dont want to spend too much but also also want to be able to play games with decent settings.

Please advize. Thanks

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May 12, 2006 6:05:23 AM

you wouldnt see much of an improvement there, because it benches pretty close to the 6800GT(the 7600GT wins, but not that much of a gain) i would suggest a 7900GT or x1800(GTO,XL,XT). Good Luck.
May 12, 2006 6:23:57 AM

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you wouldnt see much of an improvement there, because it benches pretty close to the 6800GT(the 7600GT wins, but not that much of a gain) i would suggest a 7900GT or x1800(GTO,XL,XT). Good Luck.

I agree. Bench marks show that they are about the same.
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May 12, 2006 7:17:09 AM

I really like the X1800XT (AA plus HDR) and it has come down in price to a point where it is competitive. The R520 core is starting to show its worth.
May 12, 2006 9:51:11 AM

1280x1024 is not such a demanding reaolution by today's standards but if you get a powerful GPU you can shift your focus to AA, AF, HDR and all the other eye-candy. I agree with the others, don't buy the 7600GT the difference will be negligible. If you want higher frame rates from what you get now and/or playable frame rates in the latest titles and/or increased visual quality go for the 7900GT or the X1800XT (my personal preference between the two)
May 12, 2006 9:54:34 AM

Oops sorry! Just realised you were talking about AGP. Look around for what's available for AGP but avoid the 7600GT anyway.
May 12, 2006 10:18:57 AM

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Oops sorry! Just realised you were talking about AGP. Look around for what's available for AGP but avoid the 7600GT anyway.

He can get either with his motherboard.
May 12, 2006 6:21:04 PM

Thanks for the advice everyone, guess the way to go is ATI. Where I live only the following ATI cards are available. Please advize whats best and if Gcube?? is a good brand....

GECUBE RADEON X1900GT 256MB 256-BIT DDR3 PCI-EXPRESS X 16 , DUAL DVI-I , AVIVO , FEATURES 512-BIT INTERNAL RING BUS MEMORY CONTROLLER , ATI AVIVO TECHNOLOGY , SUPPORT DIREXT X 9.0C SHADER MODE 3 & OPEN GL , CORE CLOCK 575MHZ , MEMORY CLOCK 1,200MHZ , 36 PIXEL SHADER PROCESSORS , ACCESSORIES : S-VIDEO TO AV CABLE , DVI TO VGA ADAPTER , HDTV CABLE , SOFTWARE : POWER DVD , 3D GAMES , CROSSFIRE READY

GECUBE RADEON X1800GTO 256MB 256-BIT DDR3 PCI-EXPRESS X 16 , DUAL DVI-I , AVIVO , FEATURES 512-BIT INTERNAL RING BUS MEMORY CONTROLLER , ATI AVIVO TECHNOLOGY , SUPPORT DIREXT X 9.0C SHADER MODE 3 & OPEN GL , CORE CLOCK 500MHZ , MEMORY CLOCK 1,000MHZ , 12 PIXEL PIPELINES , ACCESSORIES : S-VIDEO TO AV CABLE , DVI TO VGA ADAPTER , HDTV CABLE , SOFTWARE : POWER DVD , 3D GAMES
May 12, 2006 6:33:26 PM

X1800 GTO would be about the same as your 6800 GT.

You want at least an X1800 XL or X1800 XT.

The X1900 would be quite a bit better than both.
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May 12, 2006 8:47:15 PM

Is an X1900GT really above a X1800XT? I haven't seen any reviews, but I expected them to be pretty close.
May 12, 2006 9:22:34 PM

Didn't realize it was a GT, my mistake... thought it was an XT.

Didn't know the X1900 GTs were out in the wild at reasonable prices yet...
May 12, 2006 10:17:26 PM

Anyone seen any reviews of the X1900GT?
May 15, 2006 8:07:05 PM

Once again, it boils down to which games you play. According to Gecube's website, they've starting shipping X1900GTs so we should start seeing them show up pretty soon and Sapphire has already spruced up their site to show the new card as well. Including a much better looking pixie this time, I might add. That other one got manhandled with the ugly stick something fierce. Personally, I prefer my pixies with hair though.

I'm sure the other card makers are following suit. It won't be long before more in-depth reviews become available.
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