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December 20, 2007 3:57:08 AM

Currently I'm running

3.0ghz p4
2gigs of ram
Radeon x1600 pro

Now I'm wondering if it is even worth it to buy another AGP card or if i should save my money and just fully upgrade my system. I saw a Geofroce 7600GS for $182 but I was told it was pretty much equal to the card I ahve now. I can't find ANY Radeon x1950 pros online or in stores. Any advice on what to do?

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December 20, 2007 4:32:22 AM

Save and do a full upgrade I say.
a b U Graphics card
December 20, 2007 5:12:18 AM

Agreed. No since putting more money into old tech for a minimal improvement.
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December 20, 2007 5:13:45 AM

Okay ty, and what do you think of these parts then?

Duo Core Processor 3.0ghz
Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Dual-Core Processor Model BX80557E6850

$279.99
New Egg

- I heard the 2.66 is $100 cheaper and easily able to overclock it to around 3.1-3.2

Asus P5N-E SLI Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$179.99
($149.99 after $30.00 Mail-In Rebate)

2x 1gig sticks 800mhz
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
$89.99($49.99 after rebate)


XFX GeForce 8800GT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$209

CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 520W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
($109.99, $99, after rebate)



I heard its better to get the 2.66 core dual and overclock it and save the $100 but i'm not sure.
a b U Graphics card
December 20, 2007 5:36:41 AM

You can actually get an E2180 and OC it to 3.33ghz easily(multiplier 10 x 333 FSB) on the stock Intel Cooler. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would not waste money on SLI either. A Gigabyte P35-DS3L can be had for less than $100. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The memory is a little cheaper at Newegg. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The vid card and PSU are excellent!
December 20, 2007 6:57:51 AM

Thankyou for the advice :) 
December 20, 2007 8:22:01 AM

if you aren't in a hurry to upgrade your PC, i suggest you wait till march. Thats when the Penryn Processors would be available. And they offer a tremendous bang for buck. Here is a list of the complete Penryn lineup.

http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?showtopic=75711

As you can see, the Penryns make the present C2Ds look like rubbish.

Also SLI is too expensive...go for the Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L. Its the very best non SLI at the moment. If you wait till march, this board would be dirt cheap... moreover a better motherboard will come along by that time.

Regarding the GPU, you might as well spend ten bucks more and get a Radeon HD 3870 (512mb). Its MILES ahead of the 8800GT 256mb. Here are the GPU benchmarks....... http://www.legitreviews.com/article/607/8/

Again, if you wait a little longer you will get a great GPU for a great price.

Cheers!

December 20, 2007 9:48:59 AM

Hrm in that review it looks like the xfx gets higher frames than the Radeon HD 3870 unless it's crossfired.

Also I usually don't play games in higher than 1280 1024, but thats also do in part to my system stuttering as is.
December 20, 2007 11:34:24 AM

Why does everyone hate on sli just cause they dont have it......
a b U Graphics card
December 20, 2007 3:53:07 PM

Wind said:
Currently I'm running

3.0ghz p4
2gigs of ram
Radeon x1600 pro

Now I'm wondering if it is even worth it to buy another AGP card or if i should save my money and just fully upgrade my system. I saw a Geofroce 7600GS for $182 but I was told it was pretty much equal to the card I ahve now. I can't find ANY Radeon x1950 pros online or in stores. Any advice on what to do?


With 2GB ram and a 3.0GHz P4, I would not hesitate to pop a new AGP in there. But not that overpriced 7600GS. If you are in the USA, Something like the HD2600XT would be a massive upgrade and they can be found for $120 shipped (newegg). Investigate the driver issues and see if you are comforatable with that route
a b U Graphics card
December 20, 2007 8:42:52 PM

vaker5 said:
Why does everyone hate on sli just cause they dont have it......

I have friends with 680i boards, 4gb ram, and various dual card set ups. All agree it is lots of money for relatively few more FPS. The only one who is happy has dual 8800 GTX's and a 30" monitor. Still struggles in Crysis though.

They were the guinea pigs that save me a lot of wasted money.
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