Recommendations for an upgrade

By deras4
Nov 6, 2007
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  1. Hi guys

    I would like to upgrade my graphic card, which currently is a “NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT”. I would like to have two similar cards as I have a SLI motherboard.

    I have around 350 USD for the purchase, and the cards are going to be used for gaming as well as working. I work as a constructing architect and is using Revit Architecture and ADT07 as my main working interface.
    Concerning the gaming part, I usually only play “Civilization 4 BTS” and “Football manager 2008” but would like to be able to run Colin McRae, World in Conflict and Ghost Recon with no graphical lacking as well.

    My PC spec’s are:

    Motherboard – ASUS A8N-SLI Socket 939
    Graphic interface – PCI-Express x16
    Memory – 1024 MB DDR Dual
    CPU – AMD Athlon 64 3200+
    CPU Speed – 2015.0 MHz
    Power Supply Make/Model – TAGAN TG530-U15
    Watt output/Amperage – 2 x 20A (33A)

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 4,985

    Sli is only worth doing if you have a high resloution monitor. If you are using a flat panel that only supports 1024x768 then its pointless for example.
    If thats the case, then spending all your money on one card would gain much more benefit.
  3. deras4

    deras4 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    My monitor supports 1280x1024, is it enough to feel the difference?
  4. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 4,985

    Unless you inted to run all your games at that resolution then you would see little or no benefit.

    Buying 1 good card would be a far better idea in my opinion.
  5. deras4

    deras4 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Sounds good, but which card would be preferable with my pc spec's?
  6. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 4,985

    Well, a friend of mine just got an 8800gt 320meg card and he loves it, so...
  7. beef_jerky4104

    beef_jerky4104 Banned Posts: 1,094

    The 8800 GT 512MB card is only about $250 right now and is better than a 8800 GTS 640MB. It is the best possible card for the money. Also in a couple of weeks the price dip to $200.
  8. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,623

    rik, is that not a miss print as I did not reconize that mem. on a gt and googled it and either come up with the 8800gts at that mem. or a far lesser card or if I look at the 8800gt all I find is 250 mb?
  9. Cinders

    Cinders TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,313   +12

  10. filipmike33

    filipmike33 TechSpot Member Posts: 93

    There isn't any 256 or 320MB GT's yet, but im sure somewhere down the line there will be, currently all there is is 512MB. Honestly, you should buy the 8800GT since its the best bang for your buck. Get EVGA since they have a step-up program.
  11. deras4

    deras4 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Thanks for the replies...
    Filipmike33: I browsed some stores in Denmark, where I live, and the EVGA card is around £50 more expensive than the same card from CLUB 3D, is the money worth it?
     
  12. deras4

    deras4 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    When we are at it, could you guys please make a recommendation for at new CPU and a cooler that could help me support the new 8800GT card? I have heard that maybe my present CPU can’t cope with such a heavy GFX.

    Or do you think that my current spec’s can handle an 8800GT?

    I was thinking about investing in following:
    http://www.edbpriser.dk/Products/Listprices.asp?ID=403726
    http://www.edbpriser.dk/Products/Listprices.asp?ID=142616
    http://www.edbpriser.dk/Products/Listprices.asp?ID=181408

    Am I totally wrong, or would this do...? If any of you have a rec. for any downgrade, please reply.
    Thanks a lot for your help.
  13. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    I don't think the 8800GT 512mb will dip to $200 anytime soon, but the 256mb version will be available at that price.
  14. Cinders

    Cinders TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,313   +12

    Finding a good socket 939 CPU can be a bit difficult as they are not being made anymore, but you really need a dual core CPU to power the 8800GT. I'd go with any dual core processor that has the same operating frequency or better than your AMD Athlon 64 3200+.
  15. deras4

    deras4 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Sorry for the noob question, but what is "operating frequency", and how do I find out what is is on my present CPU? Is it the same as "Clock Core Speed"?
  16. Cinders

    Cinders TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,313   +12

    Your current operating frequency (core clock speed) is 2.0GHz.
  17. filipmike33

    filipmike33 TechSpot Member Posts: 93

    I'd say its worth it, as of the proccessor, i'd say jump on the core 2 duos. I have the E6550 for about $180USD and can be overclocked to match a $250+ proccessor. Im at stock with a 8600GTS and still get good frames, but when my GT comes I expect a difference in my gaming. I'm not sure but does anyone know if newegg ships world wide? if they do, but from them. They are trustworthy
  18. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,281   +24

    Your choices are fine, but I'd buy this CPU cooler instead. It cools much better than the GigaByte cooler for around the same price.
  19. deras4

    deras4 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Do I need to remove my motherboard to install this cooler?
  20. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,281   +24

    LOL I don't think so. You'd just need Full ATX Tower case.
  21. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    If that cooler uses the standard AMD fixation system then you won't have to remove your motherboard to install it. Certain coolers come with their own fixation system (Zalman for example) & those need to have the motherboard removed from the case to install.
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