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New system build - Vid. Card suggestions

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November 14, 2007 7:40:38 AM

Im going to be buildin a new system here soon, within the next week or so, and need some advice. I've searched the boards, but i havent found the exact answer im lookin for. These are my components so far.

Gigabyte GA-p35-ds3l
Intel e6750
2 gb of Crucial Ballistic DDR2 800
Seagate 16mb cache 250gb hard drive SATA
Liteon 20X Sata drive

I'll be using an Antec 500W power supply, a brand new one that my parents have.

I'd like to spend about 125-150 on a video card. I dont have the money right now for an 8800GT. My gaming is going to consist mostly of COD4, madden08, c&c, etc. Im not the type that wants to spend 100 bucks for 5 fps more. My ultimate thing is that i want it to be stable and look decent when i'm playing the games. I'm not partial to ATI or Nvidia . I *think* i'll be getting Vista Ultimate, but if it's going to cost me more money on a video card to get the same performance on vista that i'd be getting on XP pro, then i'll stay with XP pro. I'll be getting the card at newegg, to take advantage of their 6 months no interest deal, so the card has to be sold at newegg. Thanks!

-fiask0!
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November 14, 2007 8:12:28 AM

3 cards come to mind. The 8800gt 256mb, the 3850 or the 3870. These cards are coming this week. The price points and abilities arent out yet either, but they should be close to your pricing. And these cards will kick @r$e
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November 14, 2007 8:27:43 AM

Drop down on the e6750 to e2180, that'll save you about $100 that you could put into a nice video card. I'd get the 3870, if it sells for $230ish. Then just OC your e2180 to about 3 gig and you'll be set for awhile. Most games are GPU dependant, but not all, so if you have a good GPU than you can get similar results with an OC'd e2180 CPU.
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November 14, 2007 12:40:33 PM

This may be getting into the wrong thread stuff, but, would the difference in L2 cache, 4mb shared on the e6750, vs the 1mb on the 2180 factor into less performance?
November 14, 2007 2:31:49 PM

4mb > 1mb by quite a decent amount..

E6750 anyway, ppl will always advise OC'ing the CPU but there really is no problem going from an e2180 to an e6750..
November 14, 2007 2:40:17 PM

lunyone said:
Drop down on the e6750 to e2180, that'll save you about $100 that you could put into a nice video card. I'd get the 3870, if it sells for $230ish. Then just OC your e2180 to about 3 gig and you'll be set for awhile. Most games are GPU dependant, but not all, so if you have a good GPU than you can get similar results with an OC'd e2180 CPU.


I was just gonna say the same thing, I'm actually going to try and get at least 3.4Ghz out of it...maybe 3.6Ghz. I figured 400FSB*9 =3600, and my 800mhz ram would be in a 1:1 ratio, right(400fsb*2=800)? Not positive but I hope thats the outcome. Even at 3.4 its on par with the E6750 and almost the 6850.
November 14, 2007 2:42:58 PM

Hatman said:
4mb > 1mb by quite a decent amount..

E6750 anyway, ppl will always advise OC'ing the CPU but there really is no problem going from an e2180 to an e6750..


Yes and that might be the one factor that makes this OC just under godly, but the pure horsepower gain from the OC still puts it on par with the 6750, according to Toms benches. Plus its about $80 bucks...so a year from now when the QXXXX 45nm penyrn core is cheaper, snatch that up. Perfect upgrade path and very economical.
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November 14, 2007 3:08:37 PM

bildo123 said:
I was just gonna say the same thing, I'm actually going to try and get at least 3.4Ghz out of it...maybe 3.6Ghz. I figured 400FSB*9 =3600, and my 800mhz ram would be in a 1:1 ratio, right(400fsb*2=800)? Not positive but I hope thats the outcome. Even at 3.4 its on par with the E6750 and almost the 6850.

I'm always looking for ways to afford a better GPU :)  Most CPU's these days don't even bottleneck the GPU's, there are a few, but not too many.
November 14, 2007 3:14:51 PM

lunyone said:
I'm always looking for ways to afford a better GPU :)  Most CPU's these days don't even bottleneck the GPU's, there are a few, but not too many.


Ya, soon as I saw the e2160 OC article I was sucked in, plus I have a 3+ year old rig, read about the releases of the 8800GT and the 3800 series...couldnt have had better luck and timing for an upgrade.
November 15, 2007 10:53:47 AM

Well, I decided to get the e2180, and I got the EVGA Superclocked 8800GTS 320MB gddr3 320bit video card. I could not find an 8800GT in stock, and with newegg, it seems like they'd get them in stock, and within 5 minutes they were out of stock again. I chose the EVGA so if for some reason I dont like the performance of the GTS, i can use their step-up program and get an 8800GT on the cheap, since both of these cards have around the same price.

Im hoping to get about 3 ghz on the 2180. I'll keep this posting updated around next week with my success with that chip. Also, on the powersupply, its an Antec 550 True Power, so I'm hoping that should be enough to power the system. I appreciate everyone's responses.

fiasko!
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