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Upgrading My Video Card! Need Your Suggestions!

By akaivan
Aug 20, 2007
  1. Hello techspot! im back :D. anyways im looking into upgrading my 7300 into a gaming card. Im on a tight budget and only have around 100$.
    I am thinking of the 8600's because there the most up to date video cards for 100$

    Here they are, The first that caught my eye. ( dx 10 cards only please :D )

    1. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127286

    2. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150230

    3. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130085

    My pc specs.

    amd x2 3600+ ( am2 socket )
    2 gigs ddr2 800 mhz ocz ram
    160 gb sata western digital hd
    500 watt PSU (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817148027)

    your help will be apreciated! most these card reviews say they run bf2 at high settings! :D...
    pci-e only!

    btw- im not too good with video cards, please show me your recommendations with links please! :D
     
  2. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,634

    if u are sure that the 8600 is the what u want then the 3rd link u put up is in my opion the best.
     
  3. akaivan

    akaivan TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 620

    well just wondering, how is it better than the others? i have no clue :(

    still deciding! what you think! bump it up! lol
     
  4. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 875

    The 1st one has a higher core-clock and is HDCP compliant (the other 2 are not)
    The 2nd and 3rd are the same except:
    The second has the double-warranty
    The 3rd has the step-up plan
     
  5. akaivan

    akaivan TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 620

    ok thanks kpo but can you please clarify for me :D, im such a nub. What is HDCP and will i really use it? and in double warranty does that mean i can get cash back within 2 months or something? and whats the step up plan? :D

    also, does pixel pipelines have to do with anything, because the evga has 32 and the others dont say. and in your oppinion what would you choose kpo?
     
  6. beef_jerky4104

    beef_jerky4104 Banned Posts: 1,094

    eVGA e-GeForce 8600 GT is the best model. eVGA has the best lifetime warranty and the step-up program.

    Double Warranty means if you sell the card the new owner also has the warranty.

    Ste-up means within 90 days of the purchase you can upgrade your card paying the price difference between both cards.
     
  7. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 875

    1.you don't have to be so condesending
    2.what "7300" are you referring to in your origional post?
    3.what kind of system do you really have? Is it the AMD listed in your post or the P4 with the 4200 graphics card?
    4.1GB OR 2GB ram?
    5.120GB HD or 160GB HD?

    If your budget is tight either of those cards would be fine. I remember how it was when I was 15, or is it 16? update your profile if info is incorrect.

    BTW: I went with the XFX 8600GT XXX factory o'cd (620/1600)
    good luck
     
  8. akaivan

    akaivan TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 620

    Ok, I just updated my profile with my new system. The p4 i gave to my brother. Anyways the 7300 i had before is This I got from newegg. And i have 2 gigs of DDR2 OCZ 800Mhz. Yea i had to sell like a cell phone, external hardrive, and a sucky old camera for this. So i wanna make it worth it. thanks for all the help, i Think im going with the evga most likely.
     
  9. akaivan

    akaivan TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 620

    hey guys, just wanted to let you know i just ordered the EVGA.
    and a 120MM fan for my case :D, since i had only a 80mm in the front.
    Cant wait for it to be here! :D, and please read my above post if you havnt!:D
    thanks for the help
     
  10. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 875

    Good pick, best of luck.
     
  11. akaivan

    akaivan TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 620

    thanks! card was just shipped out so it will probly be here thursday, i chose the evga cause it looked like it had a better cooling heatsink and fan then the xfx, and i probably will use the step up plan later on. :D
     
     
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