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nVidia 7600GT? i need a $150 GPU!

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January 18, 2007 9:35:13 PM

Ok, so I'm looking to buy a new graphics card to replace my nVidia 7300LE. I was checking out different cards such as the 7900GS and 7600GT. I have about $150 to spend on this new card. I prefer newegg, please soem suggestions.

my Computer Specs are:

AMD Athlon 64 4000+
1GB DDR 400mhz
DFI LanParty NF4 Ultra-D
500watt PSU
Titan WaterCooling system
nVidia 7300LE integrated

So, as you can see the part of my rig that is lagging is the graphics card because i just built this pc and basically ran out of money when it came to buying a GPU, so i got the 7300LE just to get it running. Also if you think anything else I shoudl add to my system that would help it that would be much appreciated. thank you!

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January 18, 2007 9:56:40 PM

Is your powersupply a aftermarket one or one that came with your case? Be specific as possible to describe it. Amps, voltage, wattage, etc. will help us determine better a suitable card for you. This should do fine, providing your powersupply is up to it:

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

After the rebate, its a good deal and beats the 7900GS.
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January 18, 2007 9:59:48 PM

Quote:
Is your powersupply a aftermarket one or one that came with your case? Be specific as possible to describe it. Amps, voltage, wattage, etc. will help us determine better a suitable card for you. This should do fine, providing your powersupply is up to it:

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

After the rebate, its a good deal and beats the 7900GS.


His budget it $150.

What type of games are you planning on playing?
January 18, 2007 10:13:22 PM

My PSU is an Aftermarket one. i forget a lot about it but its a 500watt one and all else i know is it has a graphics card PSU cable
January 18, 2007 10:14:21 PM

And as far as games, I just want to play pretty normal ones, nothing like F.E.A.R. or Oblivion
January 18, 2007 10:37:29 PM

I have a 7600gt. I love it. You can get a Gigabyte one off of NewEgg with silent cooling for 129 after mail in rebate. I think its a great bargin.
January 18, 2007 10:38:28 PM

Quote:
Is your powersupply a aftermarket one or one that came with your case? Be specific as possible to describe it. Amps, voltage, wattage, etc. will help us determine better a suitable card for you. This should do fine, providing your powersupply is up to it:

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

After the rebate, its a good deal and beats the 7900GS.


His budget it $150.

What type of games are you planning on playing?

$170 is awful close to that...


Here is a 7900GS for $145, performs a little under the 1950pro and is a little cheaper

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
January 18, 2007 10:42:51 PM

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I have a 7600gt. I love it. You can get a Gigabyte one off of NewEgg with silent cooling for 129 after mail in rebate. I think its a great bargin.


I would go for the 7900gs for 145 far before i'd get the 7600gt for 129.

Benchmark examples:

Halflife 2:
7900gs-60fps
7600gt-42fps

Prey:
7900gs-47fps
7600gt-32fps

From Toms VGA charts
http://www23.tomshardware.com/graphics.html?modelx=33&m...
January 18, 2007 11:55:20 PM

Can't argue with facts. I agree.
January 18, 2007 11:59:03 PM

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Can't argue with facts. I agree.


Ha, wow. That is the single most mature thing I have ever seen on Toms forums. Most people on here would fight to the end to defend their first statement no matter what facts/benches/stats were brought up.

You have my respect good sir. :D 
January 19, 2007 12:11:43 AM

Well,

Its a 42% preformance increase for 11% more money. I call that value added advice on your part. All I had to offer was a testamonial. The research employed in my purchasing descision is 4 months old. Things change. :wink:
January 19, 2007 12:17:02 AM

Well, yes that 7900GS will perform better... but its $185 before the rebate... so I cant do that
January 19, 2007 12:21:13 AM

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Well, yes that 7900GS will perform better... but its $185 before the rebate... so I cant do that
Have you considered to buy a used Graphics Card off ebay?
January 19, 2007 12:24:01 AM

May I respectfully inquire as to the urgency in your purchase? Also, why is the mail in rebate a deal breaker?
January 19, 2007 12:29:33 AM

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May I respectfully inquire as to the urgency in your purchase? Also, why is the mail in rebate a deal breaker?


Yeah seriously, you can borrow $35 from someone for a month until you get your MIR back can't you? Or maybe save up some money for a couple more weeks? It is very very worth it.
January 19, 2007 12:31:56 AM

Or... assuming the 7300 isn't integrated have you considered selling your used video card on eBay? $15 to $20 seems to push the needle for you, so it may be worth it.
January 19, 2007 12:32:09 AM

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May I respectfully inquire as to the urgency in your purchase? Also, why is the mail in rebate a deal breaker?


Well, no urgency really. actually ive been shopping around for like 2 weeks and now ive decided that i am absolutely getting a new GPU. And the mail-in-rebate is a deal breaker because i dont have the money to put up front to buy it.

Also about Ebay, Ive had a bad experience in the past that resulted in my account being suspended and calls everday from them, so i cant make a new one or somehow theyll get ahold of my credit card number. And no i didnt scam anybody. I sold stuff and those little $0.25 fees add up... oh to lets say $180. So yeah...
January 19, 2007 12:36:45 AM

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May I respectfully inquire as to the urgency in your purchase? Also, why is the mail in rebate a deal breaker?


Yeah seriously, you can borrow $35 from someone for a month until you get your MIR back can't you? Or maybe save up some money for a couple more weeks? It is very very worth it.

Ok, I got someone to lend me the extra cash. I could pay him back later seeing as how i get paychecks weekly, So I could get that ATI x1950PRO, or the 7900GS. which is better?
January 19, 2007 1:47:54 AM

I think you have made a good choice to slightly up the budget and allow yourself the time of a M.I.R. -Just be sure you feel out the rebate :!: A month from now you wont be regretting the fact that your GPU could have been 45% faster for $10/$15 bucks.

I am not sure as to a solid answer between the ATI or nVidia.
January 19, 2007 2:24:47 AM

That x1950PRO seems to have some problems, according to the reviews...

and and no one answered yet. what about the 7900GS?
January 19, 2007 2:38:23 AM

Below is a summary by Cleeve. It couldn't be more on point. Cleeve knows his @#!$. Looks like a tie.


BEST PCI-E CARD FOR ~$180: TIE
Geforce 7900 GS
Codename: G71, 90 nanometer technology
20 PixelShaders, 7 VertexShaders, 20 TextureUnits, 16 RasterOperatorUnits
256-bit memory bus
450 Mhz core, 660 Mhz DDR (1320 Mhz Effective) Memory

Essentially the card is an overclocked 7800 GT, sporting a 256-bit memory bus and decent clockspeeds, it's a very good performer and a solid card for the money.
While the X1950 PRO is a stronger performer, it's also a bit more expensive. The 7900 GS also has a good overclocking reputation, which the X1950 PRO does not.

Radeon X1950 PRO
Codename: RV570, 90-nanometer technology
36 Pixel shaders, 8 Vertex shaders, 12 Texture units, 12 Raster operations processors
256-bit external memory bus (512-bit internal ring bus)
575 MHz core, 690-MHz DDR (1380 MHz effective) Memory

The X1950 PRO is similar to the X1900 GT, the main difference being that it is not based on the X1900 XT, but a whole new and less power-hungry core. The card's main competition is the 7900 GS, which the X1950 PRO will beat in most benchmarks at stock speeds. However, the 7900 GS tends to be cheaper, and the X1950 PRO does not overclock well, so they are both good buys depending on what you plan to use them for.
January 19, 2007 5:02:36 AM

Quote:
Is your powersupply a aftermarket one or one that came with your case? Be specific as possible to describe it. Amps, voltage, wattage, etc. will help us determine better a suitable card for you. This should do fine, providing your powersupply is up to it:

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

After the rebate, its a good deal and beats the 7900GS.


His budget it $150.

What type of games are you planning on playing?

$170 is awful close to that...


Here is a 7900GS for $145, performs a little under the 1950pro and is a little cheaper

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

Agreed but that's assuming his MIR works :p . I'm not saying they are unreliable or anything but I was thinking a totally safe purchase under $150

I agree with the 7900GS great deal :wink:
January 19, 2007 6:00:10 AM

Get the 7600gt it's around 100 after mail-in, plus the 7600gt get's all the power it needs through the pci slot.
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