Is my assumption that these cards are competitive correct? Does anyone have a suggestion on which one I should buy, or is there another card I should look at?
I'm currently working with a 7300 GS, and it's just not doing it for me. There are a lot of things I'd like to do to upgrade my system, but it looks like I'll have to start from scratch to get what I want. The graphics card is just about the only thing I can carry over from my old system to a new one, so this decision is a pretty important one. I don't really want to spend much more than $200, unless someone can convince me thoroughly that going higher would be worth it. I've also heard of upcoming price drops and new technology hitting the shelves, so I wonder if it would be better just to wait? Any help you guys can give me would be greatly appreciated.
For the price of that 7600GT, even though its a silent pipe, you can get a x1800xt for less. I would suggest this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
Its a 7600GTKO but its 15 bucks less than the silent pipe. I will agree with prozac on the Forton source PSU though. Looking into to getting the same one....
You should make sure your new PSU pumps at least 20-22A through the 12V rail as well!!!!!!!!! That way you can power your video and attach other things to the same rail!
This is something people overlook.
Actaully, nVidia cards using just one GPU chip are not very power hungry compared to ATI cards. For example, the XFX GeForece 7600GT XXX Edition is clocked at 560MHz/1400MHz (Core/Memory). As the following chart from Xbitlab's XFX GeForce 7600 GT XXX Edition Graphics Card Review, the GPU only consumes 38.2w, or 3.18 amps.
The 300GB 7200 RPM Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 hard drive draws about 25 amps from the 12v rail, or 2.08 amps on the 12v rail. It is among one of the more power hungry hard drives out there.
The Fortron PSU mentioned by prozac can provide 300w or 25 amps in total. Each 12v rails can provide a max of 15 amps, but combined it is still only 25 amps total. For simplicity, let's assume the 12v1 rail can provide 12 amp and the 12v2 rail can provide 13 amps.
If the 12v1 rail were to be used to power the 7600GT it would have 8.82 amps left; 12 amps minus 3.18 amps. That is more than enough amps to power three 300GB hards drives on that rail.
-PCI cards draws power from the 3.3v/5v rails.
-RAM draws power from the 3.3v rails.
-Most of the integrated components on the motherboard draws power from the 3.3v/5v rails. The only exception would be the integrated GPU (if any) that most likely draws power from the 12v rail.
I agree with enforcer, that's way too much money for any 7600GT. It's higher priced than a X1800XT, which is on par with the 7900GT's. The 7600GT is a nice card if priced under $150 and $200 for the X1800XT is out of the question. I also wouldn't buy the Rosewill PSU. Fortron (FSP Group) are good for a reasonable price.
Looks like a good deal for someone who only wants a 7900GT and nothing else. But For $200 he could get an X1800XT, put the $70 toward any power supply he wants, and not have to mail in the 2 rebates and wait for the checks. The negative of that is no Lara Croft whispering sweet nothings through his new bundled headset. :roll:
Thank you very much, everybody. The eVGA that Enforcer suggested was one I was looking at before I found the silent pipe. The only reason I jumped on that one was because most of the 7600gt's i was finding were dual slot cards, and the pipes seemed to provide what the dedicated slot fans were without taking up another slot. I've heard good things about eVGA as well, so I think i've made my decision about that. The FSP PSU you guys suggested looks like a great choice as well, and I'm starting to understand what to look for in these parts.
This is only the first step... Once I've got the money, I'd like to put together a complete custom.