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Last response: in Graphics & Displays
December 19, 2007 8:16:23 PM

Im trying to piece together a decent gaming machine for about 800 bucks. Right now this is what I'm planning:
cpu: Intel Core 2 Duo E6550
motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P35C-DS3R
ram: 2 X 1 GB kingston 1150MHz DDR2-1150/PC2-9200
sound: soundblaster audigy 2
video: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS Graphics Card
or SAPPHIRE 100213 Radeon HD 2900GT
case: APEX TU-163
power: Antec Power Supply NeoPower 480
cpu fan: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro

Which of the video cards do you alls recommend, and if none, which one would you recommend for 100-150 us dollars?
Also, if i overclocked the cpu and the video, what kind of cooling should i use, and is my power supply strong enough?

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December 19, 2007 8:21:12 PM

Definitely not the 2900GT thats way way horrible and shouldnt even be in existence as for the 8800GTS is it the 320? 640? or the new 512mb one?

I opt for the 8800GTS ONLY if its the new G92 512MB one.

BTW how much you looking to spend on a GFX card? i have a slightly used 8800GTX if your interested in buying it?
December 19, 2007 9:00:37 PM

Get normal ddr2-800 ram, they're very cheap and can be easily overclocked. Plus, you don't need that kind of ram anyways if you're overclocking the E6550.

For a video card, I would get either a 3850, 3870, or 8800 GT.

For the motherboard, I would just get the Ds3l if you're not planning on using raid and/or firewire, saves you around $60.