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My final post on upgrading, help!!!

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July 20, 2008 2:21:48 AM

I have a budget of 600 bucks to spend on upgrades right now

*Number 1* thing is getting a new video card


I currently have a
E6850 Duo Core 2 3.0 GHZ
2GB PC6400 DDR2 PC6400
Nforce 650i Ultra NON-SLi
650 Watt ANTEC PSU
Windows XP Pro


I was considering getting Windows Vista 64-bit and more ram so I can utilize it with Vista 64 as well, any good ideas??



PS- sorry for soo much posts, I don't know what to do right now, lots of options..

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July 20, 2008 2:25:24 AM

and also the video card I had that crapped out on me was an Nvidia 7950gt 512 ddr2
July 20, 2008 2:52:33 AM

Well... TBH...

Buy an nice 9800GTX and I think youre fine for now?
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July 20, 2008 3:01:16 AM

yeah I actually agree with you, but should I get vista 64-bit and another 2gb of pc6400 for now? that will really make me good for a bit I think
July 20, 2008 3:07:25 AM

I play on low res anyway I don't have a huge monitor only 19'' alittle more then 17'' playable anyway, so yeah..
July 20, 2008 3:31:58 AM

You should get a 4870 an a 22" monitor. Your cpu is sweet, and ram is fine.
July 20, 2008 3:32:43 AM

I don't need a huge monitor nor do I want one really.
July 20, 2008 3:47:45 AM

Ok so basically I was thinking upgrade to a 9800GTX OC
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...


and

2GBx1 corsair memory
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Windows Vista 64-bit Home Premium
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

and for future proofing SLi compatible PCI-E 2.0 support, the P5N-D 750i motherboard, so I can add another 9800GTX OC later if I need..
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...


what do you guys think?

i'd then have

E6850 Duo Core 2 3.0 Ghz
PNY XLR8 GeForce 9800 GTX OC 512MB GDDR3
Asus P5N-D Motherboard - NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI, PCI-E 2.0
4GB PC6400 DDR2 800mhz
Windows Vista 64-bit Home Premium
650 Watt Antec PSU





July 20, 2008 3:54:54 AM

is that too much for now maybe wait on the motherboard? any thoughts?
July 20, 2008 4:02:39 AM

mf2385, since you only have a 17 inch monitor. I would suggest the Radeon 4850.
July 20, 2008 4:03:26 AM

hmmm idk..
July 20, 2008 4:22:00 AM

well I can get a Crossfire ready motherboard and 2 4850s and upgrade to another 1gb of ram 512x2 pc6400 to 3gbpc6400 whats up with that? I have a 650 watt ANTEC PSU, I can do that and wait on Vista and 4gb for now?
July 20, 2008 1:22:22 PM

IDK if I should wait for the 4870x2. I don't think I need all that power, it's not like im running a huge monitor or multiple monitors or anything, I just have kind of a low res monitor and I want a video card that will play any game well out now and for awhile, thats basically it.


any help on that?
July 20, 2008 1:37:38 PM

I was just looking at the xfx 9800GTX black edition, looks like a power hungry monster!! core clock 760mhz and 128 stream processors not bad for now and for the not to distant future... it would def last me a year, what do we think about that card?
July 20, 2008 1:52:02 PM

it's either going to be an xfx 9800GTX black edition or GTX 260 FTW edition, my purchase, the 4870 looks good too but im not a big ATi fan because of the past ATi cards I've had, even tho the 4870 is a monster, still unsure


basically I think of it this way

EVGA 260 GTX FTW Edition > Sapphire ATi radeon 4870 > 9800GTX xfx black edition



but, the 4870's value is soo good, and it beats the regular gtx 260 easily, and I can OC the 4870 right? I like the sapphire brand too its #1 brand for it now, am I wrong? picking between those 3 basically now..
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