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arrowtalon
01-02-2008, 11:53 AM
Okay, It's upgrade time for my graphics card.

Here's what I'd like:

A card that can run Water = 3 (Water = 2 at the very least), and "Perfect" Graphics at a smooth frame rate.

I'd like the card to be DirectX10 compatible, and would like to spend as little as possible.

Any suggestions? Would an NVidia 8600 do it?

Urufu_Shinjiro
01-02-2008, 12:00 PM
With the price to performance ratio as good as it is you really want to try and swing either an 8800GT or an HD3870.

F0_Dark_P
01-02-2008, 12:02 PM
Get a 8800 GT, it is cheap and you get a good card, imo the 8600 wont cut the mustard when it comes to gaming..


edit: ah Urufu_Shinjiro beat me to it http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Chris0382
01-02-2008, 12:06 PM
The 8600GTS is the minimun NVIDIA Ide recommend. The cheapest 8800 is the next step up and varies as there are a few flavors of the 8800.

Getting the new 8000 series may not guarantee no stuttering as drivers etc have to be good for the software and hardware.

I'de almost recommend a 7900GS or 7900GT; but for DX10, the 8600GTS is minumum and the XFX one a newegg for $129 after rebate is on my watch list.

The 3850 and 3870 ATI's are also good as is the 2900's but warrantees are not as good as XFX's warrantees.

Dont forget a nice clean windows installation, a good CPU and good 2GB RAM also go a long way to gaming performance.

The next question is, can you fit a 8800 in your system and do you have enough power to run it nicely.

arrowtalon
01-02-2008, 12:15 PM
Dont forget a nice clean windows installation, a good CPU and good RAM also go a long way to gaming performance.

I try to run a pretty clean shop. My wife might say I'm pretty anal about hard drive cleanliness.

So it sounds like an XFX 8800 is a good bet. A follow up question: I'm running a 3.0 GHz Pentium 4 HT, 1 gig of memory, and SATA drives. I always felt my graphics card, a Radeon x600 was the limiting element. Would it be better to upgrade one of the other components first?

Xiolablu3
01-02-2008, 12:17 PM
I would have thought that the new generations would be out soon.

Barring that option, and from the needs you mentioned, 8800GT (which ever is the cheapest/best value 8800 model you can get) or the ATI equivalent.


Like Chris has already said, I still think the 7900GS is a wicked buy at the moment, I got one for 60 a few months ago. But its not DX10 compatible.

Urufu_Shinjiro
01-02-2008, 02:04 PM
I think an XFX or EVGA 8800GT and maybe another gig of ram would be the way to go. I wouldn't bother upgrading the cpu on that rig, if you were going to upgrade ram, cpu and videocard you might as well go ahead and build a whole new quad core rig.

Xiolablu3
01-02-2008, 02:12 PM
Originally posted by Urufu_Shinjiro:
I think an XFX or EVGA 8800GT and maybe another gig of ram would be the way to go. I wouldn't bother upgrading the cpu on that rig, if you were going to upgrade ram, cpu and videocard you might as well go ahead and build a whole new quad core rig.

I disagree, Dual core is the way to go, not quad core http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Its going to be along time before Dual cores are fully untilised in games, never mind Quoad Cores. I would spend the extra money you would spend on a Quad core on a faster Dual core. Leave Quad core for the future and see what happens in a couple of years.


Quad Core is absolutely no benefit for gamning right now, nor the forseeable future.

Chris0382
01-02-2008, 02:33 PM
1 GB ram added would be a good bet. I think only Call of Duty and a few others at this time has dual core support.

Im going to suggest a 500W PSU for a 8800GT or any card needing its own seperate power connection, you may be able to go lower though.

I just upgraded MSI Socket AM2 MB = $75
5600+X2 CPU = $130
2 GB RAM $50 I used to spend $50 on 1 MB of ram in 1992.

I think the 8600GTS may be on the weak side to run the next generation of DX10 games but Vista Aero I think is DX10 so there is a way to market it as DX10 to its advantage.