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April 7, 2007 11:14:45 PM

Okay... I've got a P4 3.0 gig (Prescott) with a gig of RAM and I'm looking at upgrading from the GeForce 5750 to something better. Now I know that the 8800 will be better than the 7950 but I was wanted to know if my machine would see a performance difference between these two cards? Someone has even suggested that the 7950 would run better as the 8800 will be to demanding for my system, could that be true?

Most of my work is video editing and photoshop stuff so my current card would do just fine but I plan on playing some Medieval 2 which will be pretty demanding on the video card.

Thoughts?

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April 7, 2007 11:33:42 PM

first thing first, the 8800 is waaay better.

2nd, do you have a pci-e slot...cause im not too sure. If you have AGP only then you have no choice but to go for he 7950 (though you may be better off with another card cause video editing, photoshop is not that demanding on ur graphics but rather your systems memory)
April 7, 2007 11:37:58 PM

Ok, in terms of performance, and assuming the two cards are the same price, the 8800 will kill the 7950GT. The 8800 series is really that much superior to existing cards.

Unfortunately your P4 will bottleneck the 8800GTS. So the 8800GTS will not operate at its full potential. You can help correct this by gaming at a high resolution. But even with a P4, the 8800 will be much faster.

EDIT: I'm also assuming you have a PCI-Express x16 slot.
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April 7, 2007 11:48:04 PM

you should consider making a more balanced build with a more affordable dual core + cheap motherboard + 2 gigs of ram + a 7900GS instead of forking out $550 on a GTX just to have your P4 bottleneck it.
April 8, 2007 1:02:14 AM

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2nd, do you have a pci-e slot...cause im not too sure. If you have AGP only then you have no choice but to go for he 7950 (though you may be better off with another card cause video editing, photoshop is not that demanding on ur graphics but rather your systems memory)

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Unfortunately your P4 will bottleneck the 8800GTS. So the 8800GTS will not operate at its full potential. You can help correct this by gaming at a high resolution. But even with a P4, the 8800 will be much faster.

EDIT: I'm also assuming you have a PCI-Express x16 slot.

Yup, PCI-e x16. I was a bit worried whether it did or didn't because the machine is 2-3 years old but I sussed it out and it sure does.

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you should consider making a more balanced build with a more affordable dual core + cheap motherboard + 2 gigs of ram + a 7900GS instead of forking out $550 on a GTX just to have your P4 bottleneck it.

Well, I'm not after uber performance as I don't play any high end games (Medieval 2 will be it), just didn't want to pick up an 8800GTS for find it would only run as well as a 7950 and pay an extra $100(ish).

The box currently has a gig of RAM which I intend on doubling too. It's lifespan I hope is for another year. However it will become a semi HTPC / file server when I build a new box hence the small upgrade.
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April 8, 2007 1:19:53 AM

A heat consideration: The 7950 has a cooler that does not expel heated air like the 8800's do. I think your cpu temperatures will rise, forcing you to make other changes. Right now the 8800gts-320 seems like a sweet spot in vga cards. You can reuse it on your eventual next build, while a 7950 will probably be too hot and noisy for a HTPC.
April 8, 2007 1:22:02 AM

well the 8800gts will defitely last you longer if you plan on gaming since its better than the 7950 in dx9 and has the added advantage of being able to run dx10

if you dont wanna be playing any games in the next couple of years, you may just be better off with lower models like the 7900GS if your after nvidia or the x1950 pro series if you dont mind ati.

infact for not gaming you might not even need those. you could save yourself a lot of money just by going for the 7600gt
April 8, 2007 1:26:28 AM

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Right now the 8800gts-320 seems like a sweet spot in vga cards.

Yeah, it certainly does.

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while a 7950 will probably be too hot and noisy for a HTPC.

Heh heh... then it would match my noisy Prescott 3 gigger :lol: 

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well the 8800gts will defitely last you longer if you plan on gaming since its better than the 7950 in dx9 and has the added advantage of being able to run dx10

if you dont wanna be playing any games in the next couple of years, you may just be better off with lower models like the 7900GS if your after nvidia or the x1950 pro series if you dont mind ati.

infact for not gaming you might not even need those. you could save yourself a lot of money just by going for the 7600gt

Yeah, good points. I hadn't done much gaming over the last year but I'll be moving into a house with a guy who's gonna wanna do a bit of gaming :) 
April 8, 2007 1:28:34 AM

then the 8800gts will last you much longer than the 7950 :wink:
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April 8, 2007 1:40:59 AM

as said before, if you can afford the 8800 go for it.
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