i have just assembled a new desktop..
intel c2d e6400 (2.13 ghz)
asus p5w dh delux 975 mobo (crossfire ready)
512 mb ram 800 mhz
19" tft (1440*900)
now i have to purchase a graphics card ($ 260-$270 max)..
i am currently thinking of
1) Nvidia 7900 GT OC
2) ATI X1950 XT
I'd say drop your video card down to something like a Radeon X1950PRO for $200 and use the rest to buy another 512MB stick of the same RAM. The 1950PRO is a perfectly capable card unless you need to run at high resolutions with all the eye candy, then the X1950XT would be better but picking it would leave you with so little RAM that it wouldn't matter anyways.
Agree with everyone here, you need at least 1 gig of RAM or upgrading to a better video card is going to be a dissapointment.
Going for the extra 512 meg of RAM and the 1950pro would be a far, far better upgrade than the 1950xt with only 512 meg of system RAM.
With only 512 meg of memory, your games will spend so much time swapping files to your hard disk that the performance of the video card will be really held back.
Thanks for ur suggestion...
:idea: but won't 512 mb be enough ??
(since it is 800 mhz and not 667 mhz)
The speed matters little, especially since unless you are overclocking, you aren't using that speed anyway. Your system is likely showing PC2 4200 which means your running it a DDR2 533 not DDR2 800, and even if it does show PC2 6400, your using a divider which isn't exactly optimal.
You need at least 1Gig if your going to game, hell, if you have more than a couple of apps open you'll want a Gig.
If you went with DDR2 800, to get your moneys worth, you have to overclock. Otherwise you should have saved yourself the money and gotten generic PC2 4200 / DDR2 533 (these mean the same thing one is theoretical bandwidth the other is effective bus speed).
As for the graphics card, the X1950XT or Pro will serve you well. Unless you want to go for a 8800GTS (which is a lot more expensive), I would stay away from equivalently priced nVidia cards, ATI's DX9 cards rule right now.
I disagree, the 1950pro is the cheapo version of the 1950 series, and I don't think it compares to the xt, plus, ony modle of the xt is on sale for only 210 at new egg http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
its basically the same thing as the xtx version except with less, slower memory
That MIR is nice and almost puts it in his budget but you have to account for shipping and taxes and there's always the possibility that he wont even get the rebate check.
toast78, if you really want the X1950XT then save up to make sure you can cover the whole cost of it; you should never assume that you'll get the rebate check back, thats just bad budgeting practice. Just $30 more or so and you could get it but if you don't think you can, or don't want to, save that little bit more then get the X1950PRO.
That's probably right, but take my advice or leave it, still say the xt is the way to go, even toms supports that it is the best card in its price range, but the 1950pro doesn't get that price, gee I wonder, which is the better card (two different price ranges if you wanted to know)
ehh, I don't know about the 1900xt, I think the 7950gt oc would be a better choice, but that's not considering the price. Still would say 1950xt, as that is more powerful than the x1900xtx even though the ram is only 256mb (so far from what I have seen anyway, please don't flame if its not)