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October 10, 2006 8:10:03 PM

Looking for suggestion for an agp card, I was considering the 6600 or 6600GT but i wonder if my power supply will be good enough ? Or will the CPU be the bottleneck ?


thanks

System spec:
AMD XP2500+
1.5 g ram
ASUS A7N8X-E dlx
Antec 350w smart power (21A of 12+)

Main devices:
capture card
4 hd
1 optical

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October 10, 2006 8:15:57 PM

Those are my system spec's although I only have 2 drives. The 6600 is okay but if you expect to keep this system longer, and depending on what you do with it (heavy gaming, movies, email, etc.) you should also consider 7600GT or a 6800GS if you can find one. Maybe a X1650. Could try and then just upgrade your power supply if needed. Unless you are trying to avoid putting much money into that system. I think the 6600 will run on your 350w but only a test will tell. I have a X1600 but also a 500w PSU.
October 10, 2006 8:36:39 PM

the gf6600 is still a good card for medium gaming and i still play games on HIGH/MAX like HL2 EP1
also a 350w is good enough i have one
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October 10, 2006 9:14:51 PM

Unless you start plugging hdd, usb devices, 230 fans, raids etc, that psu will do just fine; plus, it has 21A.

6600gt would be a smart choice.

Have you considered x850 series or x850xt? So damn better :) 
October 10, 2006 9:31:45 PM

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Unless you start plugging hdd, usb devices, 230 fans, raids etc, that psu will do just fine; plus, it has 21A.

6600gt would be a smart choice.

Have you considered x850 series or x850xt? So damn better :) 

yes and right now they are at an amazing prices. and the x850 series is equal and or better and the gf 6800 seires from nvidia
October 10, 2006 9:32:00 PM

i agree with PMR on this one, the 6600GT is far better than a 6600.

the 6600GT is 500/900 and a 6600 is only 350/700?

i had a 6600GT and they are great cards, and you have a couple of choices in this range. 7600GS, 6800GS, 6600GT, x800x, x850x. id go with one of those but your PSU is a lil low for all the hardware you have.
October 10, 2006 9:39:23 PM

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i agree with PMR on this one, the 6600GT is far better than a 6600.

the 6600GT is 500/900 and a 6600 is only 350/700?


sadly actually the stock gf6600 comes with 300/500
mine came stock 300/550 but gf 6600 is still a good card or at least i think it is. but the gf 6600GT would be a much better card :) 
October 10, 2006 9:55:25 PM

I used to have the same power supply and a pentium prescott 3GHz and a 6800 card.
It works fine, but the power supply gets noicy, when you use much power.
October 10, 2006 9:56:48 PM

ATI Radeon X800XT (the PE version is even better)

Yours for under £100 on ebay

There is no better card in that price range
October 10, 2006 10:00:16 PM

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7600GS, 6800GS, 6600GT, x800x, x850x. id go with one of those but your PSU is a lil low for all the hardware you have.


this is what I wonder.. moreover 2 of my 4 HD are on a raid 1 (mirror). Does it make so much différence in power usage !?

Haven't found x8.. series for a resonnable price here but I've just see an 7600GS for 155CND, fit exactly in my budget..

I was thinking, since those cards use an molex connector for extra power, could I use temporarily an old power supply give power for the card while I move drives on my file server or buy a new PSU ?
October 10, 2006 10:03:04 PM

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Looking for suggestion for an agp card, I was considering the 6600 or 6600GT but i wonder if my power supply will be good enough ? Or will the CPU be the bottleneck ?


thanks

System spec:
AMD XP2500+
1.5 g ram
ASUS A7N8X-E dlx
Antec 350w smart power (21A of 12+)

Main devices:
capture card
4 hd
1 optical


7600GS/x1600xt or something similar.
October 10, 2006 10:06:32 PM

6600GT is a reasonable match for that system. Some would argue XT800GTO which is faster, but others like nVidia's drivers better and frankly, on an aging system such as that, the difference will be minor at most.

Likewise, buying any higher performance card at higher cost will probably be a bad purchase unless used on a very high resolution display. To spend a lot more it would be wiser to upgrade the motherboard to PCI Express first and replace what will be the bottleneck with even the 6600GT- the XP2500 CPU.

Your motherboard uses 5V for CPU power, leaving most of the 12V amps unused but for 2-3 to spin up the drives when the system is powered on and a trivial addt'l amount for fans. You are in a better position to run a 6600GT or similar with a 350W PSU than someone with an otherwise identical system but CPU VRM supplied from 12V rail. There is no guarantee it'll work for years and years like that, as it is a medium quality PSU and not a "Lot" of reserve power after this upgrade, but in general it should work.
October 10, 2006 10:11:49 PM

also a 7200Gs is a good choice, seen them at Fry's Electronics
October 10, 2006 10:28:25 PM

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also a 7200Gs is a good choice, seen them at Fry's Electronics


Well... no it's not :wink:

Regarding money and performance: x800xt = Best choice :) 

Little superior to 7600gt agp and the 6800 agp series.

But for lower price: 6600gt = much less performance (but still a good upgrade :wink: )
October 10, 2006 10:46:53 PM

technically a dx9 card with 2.0 shaders will be suitable to run most games 8O
October 10, 2006 10:47:27 PM

Ignore the people telling you to get an x850xt pe, etc... I think this may cause power supply issues. Find a nice cheap 7600GS, very low power use and fast enough for you...
October 11, 2006 12:21:53 AM

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also a 7200Gs is a good choice, seen them at Fry's Electronics


Well... no it's not :wink:

Regarding money and performance: x800xt = Best choice :) 

Little superior to 7600gt agp and the 6800 agp series.

But for lower price: 6600gt = much less performance (but still a good upgrade :wink: )

No, actually the 7600GT is better than the X800XT, and is more comparable to the X850XT.
October 11, 2006 9:02:37 AM

Sorry, wanted to type x850xt 8O
And yes, we could be here all day long discussing which one is better along the overpriced 7800gs...
October 11, 2006 1:54:33 PM

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Sorry, wanted to type x850xt 8O
And yes, we could be here all day long discussing which one is better along the overpriced 7800gs...



So true... and it wouldn't be the first time.
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October 11, 2006 4:00:55 PM

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But for lower price: 6600gt = much less performance (but still a good upgrade :wink: )


GF6600GT is not a good upgrade anymore. Far better options out there both AGP and PCIe.
October 11, 2006 4:01:39 PM

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But for lower price: 6600gt = much less performance (but still a good upgrade :wink: )


GF6600GT is not a good upgrade anymore. Far better options out there both AGP and PCIe.

What he said.
October 11, 2006 4:10:04 PM

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Ignore the people telling you to get an x850xt pe, etc... I think this may cause power supply issues. Find a nice cheap 7600GS, very low power use and fast enough for you...


rubbish, i am running an x800xtpe on a 350w generic power supply with 2 hard drives, and 2 optical drives, and have had no probs whatsoever, seriously, buy this card!
October 12, 2006 9:51:13 PM

Thanks everyone for your feedbacks,

I'll buy an 7600GS :) 
October 12, 2006 11:44:25 PM

No, don't buy a 7600GS when you can have an X850pro for the same price. I understand the 7600GT's are a bit over priced right now, so an X850pro for $130 can't be beat.
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