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Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by greenbrucelee, Apr 26, 2007.

  1. greenbrucelee
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    I am going to order a pc on Monday but I am unsure to which graphics card I get with it, if I have done my sums right I will be able to afford with the system NVIDIA 7950gts 512mb or nvidia 8600gt 256mb I am getting the system with a sli mobo so I can purchase another grafix card in the future do I stay with 7950and then get another or get the 8600 and then get another.

    I know I will not be able to get an 8800 card

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    I say always go for the best that you can afford at the time. In this case it will be the 8600gt as this comes with dx10 support where as the 7950 doesent ( i think). This means whne games come out with dx10 support they'll look better on your pc than if you had a dx9 card only.

    Don't get me wrong, i have a 7900GS 512mb card in my pc and its great, but i bought it 6 month ago and it was cheap (relative discount, i got from g/f bro!), If i could afford the 8600 i would get one now.
     
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    I would go for the 8600, like twizzle said it has dx10 support, and the 7950 doesnt. Although if your not a gamer then that isnt really a problem.
     
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    cheers for that, I thought I was on the right lines with 8600.

    I have just found what my overtime should be on my wages on monday and if cashiers have done thing right then I will be able to afford two 8600gts cards in my computer.

    Still the 8800 series eludes me, but one day it will be mine

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    However if you run the 2 8600's in SLi mode, I bet that they would out perform a single 8800.

    In benchmark scores 2 7600GS's running in SLi mode, out performs a single 7900GS by about 1 or 2 points (depends on which benchmark programmed used).

    See Tom's hardware guide.

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    thanks Ken I will have a look, my ultimate goal is to have to 8800s but with having to take an 11% pay cut thats not gonna be anytime soon.

    Hopefully my wages will come up this month so I can have the 2 8600s

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    Cool, solitaire will run smooth now :)

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    oh well my wages were not what they were should have been so this is the system I have ordered

    E6400 dual core 2
    1 gig ddr2 800mhz Ram
    Asus p5ne-sli motherboard
    700watt sli psu
    asus 8600gt graphics card x1
    250 gig hdd
    17"monitor
    keyboard mouse etc
    xp home
    (free bundled software nero etc)

    I will get the 2nd graphics card next month

    Can anyone tell me what they think of this spec?
     
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    Looks ok to me. The asus mobo is a good one, i have 3 diff boards by them and they are all feature packed and great setup boards. may be if you could, upgrade your RAM to 2Gb dual channel stuff but otherwise, the planed GPU upgrade to 2 SLI cards makes this a good rig for games for at least the next 6 month.
     
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    I agree with Twizzle, upgrade to 2gb of Ram. Depending of what you do get a bigger HDD (I got a 250gb HDD and have only 20gb free now - damn all these good games). As for the 17" TFT did you go for the standard size or the widescreen version?

    But the spec is a good one, all round :)

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    errr its just a 17"tft I think, I made a mistake on the order and forgot to select 19" widescreen option for only £5 extra but I will wait untill I have a bit more cash and get the 22" version

    But cheers for the opions guys.

    This pc will probably be excellent for me as I havent actually owned a pc for 10 years my last one was a 486dx2 with 48 meg of ram, I tried to upgrade at the time by putting in a pentium overdrive cpu in it and hardly made any difference and I bought an extra 48 meg of ram which at the time cost over £90


    How times change!
     
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