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Should I bother with this proposed upgrade?

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November 15, 2007 10:17:05 PM

After having 2 failed attempts at upgrading my graphics card with an x1950pro (both bought on eBay btw and where listed as "working perfectly, but I've upgraded to PCI-E so grab a bargin!") I'm putting forward this idea.

Upgrade my current ram from 1 to 2 Gigs of DDR400.
And upgrade my 256mb X800XL to a 256mb 7800gs (eVGA or XFX overclocked version).

Heres my current set-up:
Gigabyte K8NS Pro mobo (skt 754)
Kingmax Ram 1gig (2X512)
256mb X800XL
A64 3200+ CPU
Seagate 120GB HDD
600W Thermaltake Toughpower PSU

Would this be worth the dosh/effort to do so and will I see enough of an increase (fps-wise)to keep me going for the next 6 months or so. Bearing in mind I would love to have a crack at Crysis, Haze, Stalker-Clear Sky, etc.

Cheers all :D 
November 15, 2007 10:51:40 PM

Personally I think if you are planning on doing some upgrading in 6 months you are better of saving your money and going for the big time in 6 months. DDR RAM, AGP video cards and socket 939 CPU's cost so much that to replace them you will nearly spend enough money to get something modern.
November 15, 2007 11:36:26 PM

If you can't wait I'd suggest considering an ATI card like this HD2600XT for $112:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm not completely sure about AGP but in PCI trim the 2600xt is about equal to the 7800gt which is better than the 7800gs. I'll be double checking all this in a minute but I'm pretty sure that this is good info.
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November 15, 2007 11:48:17 PM

Well I checked and the 2600 does great at 3dMark but not so hot at actual games. Still it might be worth a look. Unfortunately the 7800gs is not in Tom's charts so it is hard to compare.
November 15, 2007 11:50:58 PM

Seems like a driver update improved the ATI cards quite a bit as well. Sorry I can't find better info for you.
November 16, 2007 1:34:12 AM

lakedude said:
Seems like a driver update improved the ATI cards quite a bit as well. Sorry I can't find better info for you.


Thanks for the info lakedude, I think I'll see if I can find some extra RAM for the time being and worry about a new card prolly next month when my paycheck is a little fatter. ;) 
Cheers mate
November 16, 2007 1:39:20 AM

The 2600XT, in a review by cleeve for THG recently, got a combined total fps score of like 997 fps, putting it right below the 7800GT.

Without AA, it'll feel like a bit of a higher card, with AA (on challenging titles, like FEAR or Oblivion or Crysis) it'll feel like a bit lower card.

Still, I recommend setting aside a set amount of money each month and planning out your budget very carefully for a new rig, as I think you'll be more satisfied.
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