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SaltonSea123
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Posted 14 May 2005 - 06:41 AM

I'm in the market for a new graphics card costing about 100-150 bucks. I have a PCI Express x16 slot to put it in.

Here's my pc specs:

3GHz P4
1 GB DDR RAM
PCI Express x16
decent sound card
17" flat pannel

any suggestions are much appreciated, as I'm not familiar with computer vernacular at all.

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Posted 14 May 2005 - 07:15 AM

QUOTE (SaltonSea123 @ May 14 2005, 17:11)
I'm in the market for a new graphics card costing about 100-150 bucks. I have a PCI Express x16 slot to put it in.

Here's my pc specs:

3GHz P4
1 GB DDR RAM
PCI Express x16
decent sound card
17" flat pannel

any suggestions are much appreciated, as I'm not familiar with computer vernacular at all.

Hmmm... You sure you can't save up anymore?

All cards in that price range would be the X300, and the 6200 I beleve. I'd save up and look at a 6600, or 6600GT. the 6600 is much better in GT guise. Oh wait, I found a 6600 GT at 166.99 on newegg, which i'm sure you can spend 16.99 more, right? tounge.gif

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814135167

Get that one, or I will rape you wink.gif

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Posted 14 May 2005 - 08:49 AM

There is also the same AOpen 6600 (non-GT) for $123 + $2.99shipping

Going all the way down to a Gigabyte 6600 for $112 + $3 shipping, and it comes with a game called Thief (I've never heard of it).

There are serveral other 6600's (non-GT) that fit your budget, including one from Leadtek which includes SplinterCell Pandora Tomorrow and Prince of Perisa.

Or if you want one with a lot of games included there is a MSI for $148 + $3.50 shipping, includes: XIII (4discs), Prince of Perisa (2discs), Uru (1disc), Games Collections (1disc), plus 6 other disc of other programs....for those too lazy to count that up, it's a total of 14discs


Yes I was focusing on GFX cards that come with games. Why not get something more than just a card and a disc of useless drivers? The most that might be on the driver disc besides the drivers is something to help you overclock the card.....big deal.

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Posted 14 May 2005 - 03:29 PM

My specs:
Win xp home
40 gig hard drive
2.4 ghz pentium 4
dvd-rw 16x
cd-rw 48x
512mb ram
geforce4 mmx 64mb

Any suggestions on wat new graphics card i shud buy???

These are the ones i had my eyes on:

http://www.newegg.co...MP=OTC-d3alt1me

http://www.tigerdire...MP=OTC-SHOPPING

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Posted 14 May 2005 - 04:16 PM

thanks for the tips, oh, and what's the difference between 6600 and 6600GT?

also, they said in a product review "Decent overclocks with addition of artic silver" what's an overclock?

so you think I should save up a bit more, what do you have in mind for the 200 dollar price range?

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Posted 14 May 2005 - 05:14 PM

QUOTE (SaltonSea123 @ May 14 2005, 10:16)
thanks for the tips, oh, and what's the difference between 6600 and 6600GT?

also, they said in a product review "Decent overclocks with addition of artic silver"  what's an overclock?

so you think I should save up a bit more, what do you have in mind for the 200 dollar price range?

The difference between a 6600 and 6600GT:
CoreClockRAMClock
6600300MHz500MHz
6600GT500MHz1000MHz
Both use RAMDAC: 400Mhz

Overclocking is tweaking the CPU, or in this case the GPU (the Core and RAM Clock speeds) to make them run faster than factor specs. The upside is that you can get more performace out of a cheaper card. The downsides; creates more heat so you need a much better heatsink and fan for the card, premature death of the card, you can overclock it too much and therefore FUBAR right off the bat.

For $200 you can easily get a 6600GT but that's about it, unless you need som rounded IDE cables to give the inside of your case a cleaner look and better airflow.

BTW, the only reason I also only focused on the nVidia cards is because I don't know ATI well enough.



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Budget?
And obviously you need a AGP card.

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Posted 14 May 2005 - 06:44 PM

Wolf, those two clock speeds, what effect do they have on gaming?

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Posted 14 May 2005 - 06:55 PM

QUOTE (ImHereToStay @ May 14 2005, 18:44)
Wolf, those two clock speeds, what effect do they have on gaming?

The faster core clock speed means higher FPS. It's the "muscle" that draws all the complicated stuff.

The faster memory clock speed means more constant FPS and the ability to use AntiAliasing and Anisotropic filtering with less of a performance hit.




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