I have a powercolor x300se (128mb). I'm looking to upgrade to something that's going to enable me to play games like Farcry, HL2, UT, etc. After doing some research, I'm leaning towards the 6600GT by MSI (PCI-e). Would this be a good upgrade? My budget is around $175
That budget eliminates the $250 X800XL. Best pci-e card in your price range would be the 128MB X800 for about $175. The 256MB ones would be $190 if you could stretch it. Either definatelt outperfroms the 6600GT which will run in the $150's. Want to get almost 6600GT performance (equal in some games, little worse in others) for less money, see if <A HREF="http://www.buyxg.com/store/item.asp?key=VC-139-109" target="_new">this X700 pro 256MB</A> comes back in stock for $115 shipped. The 6600GT is still a fine choice, just no longer the clear best choice in it's price range with X800 being faster and getting cheaper, and X700pro dropping in price. Compaired to so many other dropping cards, GF6600GT PCI-e prices have remained suprising high IMO.
It looks like there is a Sapphire OEM up on newegg. It's only $175. I'd go with that powercolor you suggested, but it's Memory Clock speed is only 350hz whereas all of the others have 700hz. I'm thinking this may be a mistake.
August 11, 2005 8:17:08 PM
350 being actual frequency 700 being the DDR " PRed" frequency... I would think
Yes it's DDR clocked at 350 so 700 MHz effective speed. Interesting NV announced today along with the 7800GT launch that the 6800 is now going to retail for $199. Too bad current prices for PCI-e are over $230. But chances are the plain 12-pipe 6800 will also enter your price range soon.
As far as brand, some folks would prefer Sapphire to PC. How has yours been? I would prefer the larger quieter heatsink/fan on the Powercolor compared to the small X700 style loud one on the Sapphire, so I'd buy the PC myself despite not having the best name in the past.