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X6800 cpu bound with a gtx280 or better?

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March 2, 2009 6:46:16 AM

My 8800gtx finally pooped out yesterday and i'm thinking about getting a new vid card, gtx280, gtx285, or gtx295. My concern is, My cpu is a x6800 extreme edition 2.94ghz. Am I going to be cpu-bound? Is it a waste getting such nice video cards? What video cards would be more apropriate for that cpu?


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March 2, 2009 6:53:05 AM

Oh yeah. I'm also playing at 2500x1600 on a 30 inch screen if that is a variable in the equation.

thanks again.
March 2, 2009 1:42:14 PM

Thanks for the input.

Unfortunately, I got the first gen 690i evga mobos, which is is kind of a pain in the ass. I haven't been able to OC it past 3.3 without stability issues. It's also seems that my current mobo is suffering from overheating, which caused it to crash. I'd rather not OC if possible.

What would be a good video card then, that would be appropriate for the x6800? Might as well get a cheaper card if I'm not going to get the benefit out of it.
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March 2, 2009 3:16:48 PM

GTX 260 or 4870 1gb would be my guess.
March 2, 2009 4:01:15 PM

Get the best video card that you can. At that resolution you are going to need it.
You shouldn't be too limited with a gtx285
March 2, 2009 4:13:21 PM

Thanks for the input. My ol'x6800 at 2.93ghz core 2 duo won't be a problem then?
It's either that or just say hell with it and move to an i7 920.
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March 2, 2009 4:19:50 PM

At that resoloution you should be looking at a GTX260 (216) or 1Gb HD4870 as a fairly direct replacemet for the 8800 but forget a 512Mb card, it`ll die at your resoloution.
If you`re thinking of an upgrade instead of a direct replacement, check out the reiews at Xbitlabs and Hardwarecanucks, both use your resoloution for testing and both have reviews on the cards you have in mind, just remember their test rigs may not be as fast/slow as yours so add/subtract frames accordingly.
March 2, 2009 5:30:24 PM

+1 At your resolution the GPU is the limiting factor but as mentioned you will neeed at a minimum 260 GTX 216 or HD 4870 1gb for most current games.
March 2, 2009 5:40:29 PM

have you considered the Sapphire 4850x2 ??? For higher resolutions, more gpu ram is always a good thing :)  I'd go with 4850x2 or the 285 since it seems to be coming down in price lately. The gtx260 (216) is also quite a good card (I have the xfx black edition), but for that high of a resolution something with more memory would be better for you + more future proofy.

March 4, 2009 11:12:37 AM

At this resolution the GTX295 is the limiting factor not your CPU. SO get a GTX295 or 4870x2.
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March 4, 2009 11:56:31 AM

Get the 4870. It'll be only $150 in a week or so after the price cuts take into effect, and it outperforms the much more expensive GTX260. Don't bother with the GTS250 since that's just the 9800GTX rebranded.
March 4, 2009 3:53:25 PM

Thanks for all the input. I ended up buying the best value bang for the buck card, the 4850x2 1g, in tom's recommendations I trust.

I really wanted to build a new computer next year, but the vid card crashing forced me to buy the vid card early. I'll just build a new comp next year and stagger my vid card/comp purchases every other year.

One thing, will my antec truepower 650 psu be ok with this card?

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March 4, 2009 9:23:08 PM

I advice you to pay a little extra and get the 2gig version at that resolution.
Your psu should be fine.