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Upgrading my 9700Pro to 6800GS - reccomendations?

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August 2, 2006 2:28:10 PM

Ok I have my good ole' 9700pro which is starting to show its age in several of my games and some future games that I'm going buy soon, and I would like to know if a 6800GS would be a good upgrade, just that and nothing else. My current system specs are in my sig.

I currently play Q4, Fear, do a little bit of photshop, and come CAD stuff.
August 2, 2006 2:59:41 PM

ATI has the X800XL and the X850pro on clearance. The X800XL is $119 free shipping and a 1 year warranty, and the X850pro is $139 free shipping with ATI standard warranty. The X800XL is a refurb, but it's straight from the manufacturer, so it's practically brand new. I bought this card last month going from a 9800 pro, and the difference is astounding. Either card has more than 2X the performance of your 9700 pro. There is also the possibility of unlocking the extra 4 pipes in the X850pro to make it an X850XT. Both of these cards are better than the 6800gs. The 6800 ultra is the only 6800 series card worth buying (maybe a 6800GT), but you won't find it for nearly this cheap.
August 2, 2006 3:02:31 PM

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Ok I have my good ole' 9700pro which is starting to show its age in several of my games and some future games that I'm going buy soon, and I would like to know if a 6800GS would be a good upgrade, just that and nothing else. My current system specs are in my sig.

I currently play Q4, Fear, do a little bit of photshop, and come CAD stuff.


Sorry, I didn't notice your "JUST THAT AND NOTHING ELSE" in bold. Knowing that, the 6800GS is an ok upgrade, but I wouldn't say good.
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August 2, 2006 3:13:04 PM

Since you are tied to AGP, I'd get the fastest AGP card out there. I think that is the 7800GS

Here's a snippet of info for you that I happened across - I didn't read all of it, nor do I know who they guy is typeing it.....not sure how legit it is, or isn't, but my impression is that the BEST AGP card currently out there is the 7800GS

http://compreviews.about.com/od/video/tp/AGPVideo.htm


[edit, and I gotta say I still love my ATI 9700Pro card. Have it running with my Athlon XP 2200+ rig for my kids.....it is still smoking fast.....my 7900GT CO card blows the doors off of it, but man that 9700Pro was probably one of "the greatest" cards for it's time...and then some.]
August 2, 2006 3:20:23 PM

I agree it is the best AGP card out there. It's also overpriced at around $300. Too much for most people to spend on AGP, but if you've got the money, that's the card to get.
August 2, 2006 3:20:59 PM

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the 6800GS is an ok upgrade, but I wouldn't say good.

It's a huge upgrade from a 9700.
August 2, 2006 3:25:25 PM

I think I was thinking 6800XT. The GS and GT are about the same right?
August 2, 2006 4:04:52 PM

yeah sure go for it. just shop around for the best price/performance.
August 2, 2006 4:37:05 PM

im with kaotao, personally i went from my 9700pro to my x1900xt but that is a PCI-e. i had some comps i built for a few friends go from gforce mx440 to the x800 xt. the x800 series is amazing def. worth the $$. i honestly dont know that much about the nvidia line.

do some research if you want but i can tell you from experience that the x800's are good stuff.

:cry:  im gunna miss that 9700 pro. i had it since its initial launch and never had any problem with it. what was that 4 years ago???
August 2, 2006 5:04:17 PM

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I think I was thinking 6800XT. The GS and GT are about the same right?


Well i know for a fact that the 6800GS has 12 pixel pipelines whereas the GT has 16. But i believe (not entirley sure) that the GS is clocked 100mhz higher (core) than the GT.
August 2, 2006 5:58:13 PM

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I think I was thinking 6800XT. The GS and GT are about the same right?

For PCI-E, GS and GT perform about same. For AGP, the GT is better,
August 2, 2006 7:03:53 PM

Yeah I know the 7800GS (Gainward 7800GS/7900GT) is the fastest AGP card out and very expensive.. thats why I'm looking at this used EVGA 6800GS =O v.cheap (Not going to say where :p  b/c I'm selfish like that lol)
August 4, 2006 5:45:03 PM

My suggestion is don't upgrade to a 6800GS especially if you plan to play Fear and Quake4. Get a 7800/7900GS (whichever is AGP) even if it means waiting till you have the cash you'll be glad you waited.
August 6, 2006 6:36:57 PM

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I agree it is the best AGP card out there. It's also overpriced at around $300.

It's $264.00, Google a bit before opening your mouth next time.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000EE7E24/ref=nosim/1...

dunno about anyone else but im thinking 264 would be okay if you made a guess of
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around $300
. geneticweapon how about being more friendly and just posting the actual price without mouthing off at Kaotao?
August 6, 2006 6:47:19 PM

The dude has 5000 posts of course he's gonna be a dick.
August 7, 2006 2:06:23 AM

AntiHax0r,
Get the 7800gs. More specifically, get the eVGA 7800gs superclocked (like I did)!
It is faster than any 6800, it uses the latest technology, and it runs at a cool 50 deg. cel. under a full load (and this is very, very cool for a vid card!).
Plus, Tom's likes it best...
http://www.tomshardware.com/2006/02/13/nvidias_geforce_...

Plus, eVGA is a great company (lifetime card warranty, step-up program, fastest cards available, great support, etc).

Don't forget the power supply upgrade as well, if you are still running a stock system.

Get the 7800 gs, you won't be sorry.
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