How good is this card

By Gflo
Jun 25, 2008
  1. I am building a computer for personal use(gaming/school).so far here are the specs:

    CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Windsor 3.0GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM2 125W Dual-Core Processor - Retail

    Case: XION Solaris XON-403 Black with Green LED Light Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

    HDD: Western Digital Caviar SE WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

    Mobo: ECS A780GM-A AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

    CD/DVD Burner: Sony NEC Optiarc 20X DVD±R Burner Black SATA Model AD-7200S-0B - OEM

    PSU: Rosewill RP600V2-S-SL 600W SLI Ready-ATX12V V2.01 Power Supply - Retail

    Im looking at this gfx card it seems good
    1gb gddr3 @ 800mhz
    Directx 10
    open GL 2.0

    the only thing im not sure about is the difference between the geforce 8600 and 8800.

    KFA2 by Galaxy 86GGE8HDFEXX GeForce 8600 GT 1GB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

    Please tell me if there is a better card for about the same price

    also even though this is the wrong forum if you look at the mobo/hdd/cd dvd burner please tell me if there are any hidden incompatibilities between them

    (also i know the case lights are green and psu lights are blue)

  2. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    That PSU is not a good one. I'd recommend the Antec Earthwatts EA 500 instead. Almost the same amount of power and better build quality & efficiency. Also, this CPU along with this motherboard will give you much more performance than the AMD setup. Lastly, this is a better card than the 8600GT and cheaper after the rebate.

    Good luck and let us know how it goes. :)

    EDIT: CPU link fixed now.
  3. Gflo

    Gflo TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 81

    thanks for the reply but these links take me to the same place

    also id like a card with 1gb video memory
    and that is a 3ghz dual core cpu which i havent seen any others as cheap as that
  4. iBP_James

    iBP_James TS Rookie

    I generally don't recommend 8600GTs because they are severely limited by its 128-bit bus, which makes it inadequate in high resolution gaming.

    What kind of monitor and what resolution do you game at?

    Also, for around the same price as that 8600GT (not after the rebate, you won't see that money for 6-8 weeks depending), you should be able to find 8800GSs around the $100 range nowadays, which would run circles around that 8600GT. :)
  5. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 710

  6. pdyckman@comcas

    pdyckman@comcas TS Rookie Posts: 527

    8800 is almost always better. Go to "Tiger Direct". Look up each card and click on specifications. You can write down all of the specs. Then, go online and find out what they mean (what they are). Then you will know what you are doing, and choose the right card for you! Good Luck.
  7. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    Building a Computer

    It all starts with the motherboard and slot types.Make this decision then proceed.
    Are you going PCI,PCIx or AGP ? Make sure it can install 4 gb of ram.
    Try to start with a mid tower case that has the mbd and cpu already installed.
    That has to be done right.The rest is easy and answered for the rest.
    But i recommend ATI Video,Sound Blaster sound.
  8. Gflo

    Gflo TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 81

    thank you kpo thats the card i get since it comes paired with the psu im getting(thx rage)


    im not an *****
    ati sucks
    sound blasters great and their cards are in all of my computers so far
  9. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7


    Don't be offended if you want MY replys.You asked i replied.I didn't call you an *****
    ATI doesn't suck.
  10. Gflo

    Gflo TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 81

    well anyone who has any knowledge of computers innards knows that a cpu heat sink needs thermal paste.

    oh and yes ati does suck
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