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x1950GT vs 7600GT

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April 9, 2007 11:53:58 AM

Hi im new on the forum and i was just looking for some advice.

I'm looking to buy one of these cards and I know that the x1950GT is better because I checked out the benchmarks on the main site. But I was wondering whether it is worth spending another £22 on it (I am on a very tight budget). I am unsure whether this is the right area to post this (if I'm wrong I am sorry) but I am doing a major upgrade from:

Athlon 64 3000+ 2.0Ghz 754
512Mb DDR400
Foxconn NF4K8AB-8EKRS Motherboard
BFG GeForce 6600

To either:
Foxconn N570SM2AA-8EKRS2H NF570 SLI
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProdu...

256MB XFX 7600GT PCI-E
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProdu...

AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200 Retail AM2
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProdu...


OR

Asrock ALiveXFire-eSATA2 (Socket AM2) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard - http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB...

256MB Sapphire Radeon X1950GT
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProdu...

AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200 Retail AM2
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProdu...

I am just wanting to know whether it's worth paying the extra money? And whether my Q-Tec 400W PSU with 16A on the 12V rail is good enough?

Cheers Tet

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April 9, 2007 12:17:53 PM

X1950GT is more powerful & it supports HDR+AntiAliasing (wich is really enjoyable in Test Drive Unlimited&Oblivion).
so yes it worth the extra £22.
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I am just wanting to know whether it's worth paying the extra money? And whether my Q-Tec 400W PSU with 16A on the 12V rail is good enough?

Hmmm...i think you need a new PSU for the X1950GT.
something with 25~28A on the 12V rail will be enough.
April 9, 2007 12:29:50 PM

Thanks for taking the time to reply :D 

So that has decided me on the gfx front but which motherboard would you recommend. I read that chipset to gfx card matching doesn't matter, so getting a SLI ready motherboard for when the 2nd Gen DX10 NVIDIA's are out (I'm usually a Nvidia man) would that be a good idea?

Or would you recommend the Crossfire Mobo
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April 9, 2007 12:40:34 PM

I have the ASRock board, and I like it. It runs cool, and is stable. It has a good feature set for its price. You should also look at the Biostar T-force 550.

I would go with the x1950GT, 450Watt FSP PSU ($50), and the ASRock myself!
April 9, 2007 12:53:00 PM

Thanks again for your help.

This has really helped me, the thing is though, is that this newegg.com site is great but they don't ship to the UK and all their products are so much cheaper than over here.

Do you think there is anyway round this? Would they ship if i asked them nicely lol?
April 9, 2007 2:43:23 PM

Just look for a namebrand PSU with about 450watts and at least 30 amps on the 12 volt rail(s) and you should be good to go. I know Antec, FSP, and Enermax (as well as others) make some great, low cost PSUs.

What are the specs on your current PSU, and how long have you had it?

(Most importantly, how many 12v rails, and how much amperage on each?)

Your PSU could likely be fine, although, I haven't heard of that brand before
April 9, 2007 2:48:08 PM

My PSU is 15 months old and is a Q-Tec 400W.

It has only 1 rail i think because on the side of it it has 12v+ with only 16A
April 9, 2007 2:52:08 PM

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My PSU is 15 months old and is a Q-Tec 400W.

It has only 1 rail i think because on the side of it it has 12v+ with only 16A


Unfortunately, that is not enough amps for the x1950 nor the 7600GT. Nvidia recommends a minimum of 18Amps on the 12v for the 7600, and I would think 20 would suffice for the 1950Gt
April 9, 2007 3:00:34 PM

Thanks so much for all this help especially TSIMonster

Would this Colors-IT PSU be good enough, another site said it had 30A on the 12v

http://www.microdirect.co.uk/(15480)ColorsIT-550W-Gold-Silent-PSU-12cm-fan-SATA.aspx
April 9, 2007 4:35:53 PM

The 7900GS costs the same and is better, closer to the X1950Pro. See benchies. Sure, the 1950GT is a good overclocker, but so is the 7900GS.

Don't go cheap on the power supply. In the UK I think the best deal is an Antec Trio 500W.
April 9, 2007 4:39:20 PM

On paper it looks good enough, but like the guy above me said, the Antec Trio would be a safe bet. Also, if you truly can find the 7900GS for the same as a 1950gt, go for it!

The x1950GT is $109 USD here while the 7900GS is $150. Thats a lot more dough!
April 9, 2007 4:42:52 PM

dude you ram is weak get more
April 9, 2007 4:43:20 PM

dude you ram is weak get more
April 9, 2007 4:50:59 PM

Thanks again guys for the help.

TBH the Antec is way out of my price range because i wasn't even planning on upgrading my psu.

As for the 7900GS it is again out of my price range, the x1950GT is just about in it :p  .

Cheers for the advice and help
April 9, 2007 5:00:09 PM

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The x1950GT is $109 USD here while the 7900GS is $150. Thats a lot more dough!
Hm seems like I'm not up to date anymore. :oops:  I checked in the UK also and the 1950GT is notably cheaper also. So, go for it.

Ok that's the cheapest PSU with dual 18A rails I can find. It's also a quality brand.
April 9, 2007 5:10:52 PM

Cheers Dr Asik I'll try and get some money from my parents to get this one :D 
!