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Looking for an ok PCI Express card.

By Boogityboo04
Oct 28, 2006
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  1. Well, I just upgrade my PSU to a Ultra 500w one, and decided I might as well get a Gfx card now that my system can support it. :grinthumb

    My question is, what would you guys recommend in the $100 to $120 range? I don't need a high-end card and cant have one that needs an extra open slot for a fan. What GPU should I go with, and what manufacturer should I get the card from? I was looking at Gigabyte, but have never had any experience with thier products (other than a server motherboard that killed a brand new PSU :blackeye: ).
  2. K@in

    K@in Newcomer, in training Posts: 42

    $120 card don't need a 500w psu - at most a 350w one. i would wait for the g80s to come out in a few weeks, there will be a sizeable price drop on everything else. Card brand doesn't affect performance(its still the same card), but it does affect warranty terms and the bundle that comes with the card.

    EVGA 7600gt $149
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814130062

    ASUS 7900 gs $206
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814121022

    i would wait for the price to drop on the 7900 gs and buy it in a couple of weeks.

    What is your current gpu? What do you intend to use this for? be specific - what games, modelers, etc...
  3. Boogityboo04

    Boogityboo04 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 351

    Yeah... the PSU is for the next computer I build, but I may as well put it to use until then replacing my 300w one... Anyway, I got it free :D

    But thanks for the advice, I'll probably look into the 7900 once the G80 comes out. Anyway, I haven't heard much about about the G80, when is it coming out?
  4. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,284   +24

    The G80-based 8800GTS/GTX will be out next month but due to it's obscenely high price tag (>$600) it won't be affordable at all. It will also take up two slots owing to it's sophisticated inbuilt watercooling system.
    This one is a better choice than the 7600GT and a simple BIOS flash will unlock the 4 extra pipelines on it making it a real monster. It's only slightly expensive but a good choice nevertheless.
  5. K@in

    K@in Newcomer, in training Posts: 42


    ok for 1 the 8800gtx will not have the water/air cooling set up once rumored.

    second of all, the 7600gt has 12 pipes, the g73 core only has 12 pipes - unlocking 4 more? what?
  6. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    I think Rage meant the X800GTO2. It has 12 pipes, but you can unlock 4 more, making it a 16 pipe card.

    But THIS card would be slightly cheaper, and you don't need to unlock anything hehe.
  7. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,284   +24

    Hmm. Where'd you read that? Have any links?
  8. K@in

    K@in Newcomer, in training Posts: 42

    ill see if i find it check extreme overclocking.com
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