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Should I upgrade my comp or video card.

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August 16, 2004 6:13:02 PM

Ok. I know I need upgrades I want a new 6800 video card but my system is too slow i think for it. I'll tell you what I have and what I want. I cant aford it all right now, but if I get a 6800 card will it be an improvement or just now worth it with my system.

I have:
GeForce GTS 2 video card(please dont laugh)
Athlon xp 1700+
kt333 mother board
512 2100(?) ram
40g western digital h/d 2m buffer
audigy 2 sound card
450w power supply

what I want:
Athlon 64 3000+
nforce3-250 mother board
512 3200 or 4000 ram
160g seagate berracudda hard drive

I can get all 4 upgrades for about $500. The 6800 is $300 on top of that. If i got the 6800 now and did my upgrades later would that be better? Or should I do the upgrades now and get a cheap GeForce 5200 card or something alittle better then that? I play some of the not so new games but I want to get into FarCry and some of the more graphic intence games in the next month or so. Any info would help.

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August 16, 2004 7:15:08 PM

If I were you, I'd get the vid card first. It'll prolly be such a big improvement over the GTS card that you won't notice any cpu/ram bottleneck.

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August 17, 2004 3:56:08 AM

I'll second the motion about upgrading the video card, my last card was an nvidia 4 mx 440 and the comparison to my card is incredible, so the 6800 would be like worlds...I mean galaxies apart from what you got

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August 17, 2004 5:24:14 AM

If you want to play Far Cry, then you need to get a better video card first; even if you get a new 64-bit system, your GTS 2 will still suck. I don't think the 6800 is a good buy, because for another $100 you can get a real, 16-pipe 6800GT that is an awesome performer. The 6800NU isn't fast enough to justify the $300 price tag. Either that or pay $200 and get a solid card like the 9800 Pro. Either pay a modest amount, or just get your feet wet and get an enthusiast card, but don't buy an "inbetween" card.