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Need help choosing a new GeForce card

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December 26, 2006 5:47:41 PM

I'm looking to upgrade the graphics card on my Dell Dimension 8200. It currently has 768 MB RAM, a 2.8 GHz Pentium 4 and a nVidia GeForce 3 Ti200 (64MB).

I know that I'll eventually need to replace the PC (RDRAM isn't cheap, no PCI-e, etc), so I don't want to spend alot on a new video card (around $100), but would like to be able to play some of the newer games at higher resolutions.

Right now, I'm looking at these two chipsets from nVidia:

GeForce 6600 GT
GeForce 6800 XT

I've been able to find both for around my price point. Logic would seem to indicate that the 6800 XT would be a better card (especially with DDR3).

Am I correct in this assumption?

Thanks in advance for any help.

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December 26, 2006 5:53:07 PM

Also, if you have any recommendations on other cards I should look at, please pass them along.

Thanks.
December 27, 2006 2:00:34 PM

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December 27, 2006 2:15:08 PM

6800XT = bad buy. I guess it's OK if you can find it the exact same price as a 6600 GT, but usually they're more expensive.

The AGP 6600 GT can be found about $90 now on newegg right now, that's a good cheap AGP card. It'll perform closely to the 6800 XT, but for less money probably.

For about $120 on newegg you can find a 7600 GS AGP or X1650 PRO AGP. The X1650 PRO performs a tad better but they're pretty close.

For $180 you get into 7600 GT territory, really good card. A 7600 GT will even beat a 7800 GS at stock speeds most of the time.

The fastest AGP card available is the X1950 PRO, which can be found for $240 if you can find them in stock. They sell out pretty fast, they're the best you can get.
December 27, 2006 5:10:15 PM

Cleeve gave a nice list, however im sure he just wants something cheap to tie him over. i suggest the 6800XT here at newegg for 100$

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

You can then use Rivatuner and unlock pipelines and a bios flash to get speeds up to the 6800GT and ULTRA levels therefore giving one of the best AGP cards of the day.

you can aslo go with the 7300GT AGP very nice low end SHR3 card for 80$ with MIR.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...


Either one will suit you fine just make sure your current PSU can handle this cards.
December 27, 2006 5:24:54 PM

Just to clarify on the previous post.......trying to unlock pipelines is a hit or miss deal. Not every card will work so don't purchase it with that in mind, as a failed attempt may make it difficult to return.
December 27, 2006 5:38:31 PM

True, i would go the 7300GT as that will be future proof when you upgrade your system you can keep the 7300GT seeing how it touts all the new feature and im sure will run vista better then the 6800XT
December 27, 2006 6:15:22 PM

Well...it is a bit old, but there is also a 9800Pro (DDR1 :(  ) for $80 available too. I'm guessing you'd get nearly the same performance of the 7300GT (DDR2 version) with it but without the mail-in rebates. SM 3.0 is a bit of a moot point in this price range and it's just a guess, but I'm not certain Vista would run well on a system this old.

However, I would highly recommend checking out eBay for an AGP 6600GT or AGP 6800GT. Possibly even something in the AGP X800 flavor (XL, possibly an XT) as well. Just go with sellers with a high approval rating and you could very well get a good deal on a very good card.
December 27, 2006 6:22:50 PM

The 7300 GT has no features a 6800 or 6600 doesn't have. They are all shader model 3.0 cards.

Having said that, an AGP 7300 GT is slightly faster than a 6600 GT. But it's probably wiorth the $10, I've just seen one for $99 on newegg...
December 27, 2006 7:10:33 PM

How does the 7300GT compare in performance to the 6800XT (stock)? I don't see the 6800XT listed on TomsHardware VGA charts.

For $80 (w/ MIR), the 7300GT is cheaper than any of the 6800XTs or 6600s that NewEgg has.

From what I can tell, it looks like the 7300GT uses less power than my current video card, so I think I'll be fine with it.
December 27, 2006 7:14:22 PM

a 7300 GT will perform right on par with a 6800 XT.
December 27, 2006 8:45:29 PM

You forget that the 7300GT can do HDR :wink: only the 7000 series is capable of doing so, also the 7300GT as shown in the VGA cards is very strong it beats even the X1600PRO and destorys the 9800PRO i dont even know why some one said it would perform near the same your kidding the 7300GT kills the weak 9800PRO, 6800XT isnt listed because its not that big of a GFX card a only some have it. Stick to the 7300GT GDDR2 AGP if you had PCI-E i said find a 7300GT GDDR3 but that only for PCI-E.
December 27, 2006 9:03:12 PM

You might want to read up bud. The 6000 series nVidia cards support SM3.0 as well as HDR. They simply cannot support HDR and AA at the same time, which the 7000 series cannot do either.

Edited for clarity.
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