Help me with my graphics card choice plz.....*How Original*

By Eyreel · 13 replies
Mar 6, 2005
  1. Erm, my first post on here....yay
    My new hardware's in the post, commin next week:
    Mobo: Asus P4P800E Deluxe
    CPU: P4 Prescott 3.0 800fsb 1mb Cache
    Ram: 2x twinmos 512mb pc3200 sticks
    HDD: Seagate Baracuda 120gb 7200 rpm
    Case: Chieftec Dragon
    I've already got a monitor + mouse, keyboard, isp etc etc

    This machine is pretty much 4 gaming + mayb a bit of 3d design
    i've got bout £150 to b spending and i like the sound of the 'xfx geforce 6600Gt' jus need help deciding on a card.....any recomendations?
  2. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388


    The 6600gt is an excellent card for a person that wants great performance without extrordinary costs. Be sure you get a compatible card(an agp card if your motherboard has an agp slot, pci express card for pci express motherboard.)

    I don't think xfx is the best brand, but I doubt they are the worst. I think bfg, asus, msi, gigabyte, etc make good cards.

    I don't know how many dollars L150 is, but I'm guessing like 200+? If that's right, then the 6600gt is about the best I know of. It's what I have, good card.
  3. Eyreel

    Eyreel TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the info, i was told the xfx had slightly changed the 6600gt
    making it 1ghz rather than 900mhz, :S
  4. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388


    I didn't realize that xfx made theirs faster, cool. I just read somewhere that some people were having trouble with xfx cards, so thats what I meant. Every company can make a few lemons though.

    Edit, gigabyte cards are apparantly 1ghz mem too.
    gigabyte card
  5. Eyreel

    Eyreel TS Rookie Topic Starter


    Is it worth it definately over the radeon 9800pro?
    i can get the 9800pro for the same price, and the sparkle 6600 (normal not gt) for two thirds of the price.... im just thinkin bout the bank and how much better it will be for the extra price. (All agp 8x)
  6. gasstronamicle

    gasstronamicle TS Rookie Posts: 44

    the 9800 and 6600 are basically the same, if you can get the 256 mb radeon 9800 because 99% new 256 mb radoen 9800 have a 9800xt core and the 9800xt is faster than a 6600gt
  7. Eyreel

    Eyreel TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thx, but i think its a 128mb 9800 pro, im looking to play some fps, probably
    far cry, Hl2 , Cs source and i really wanna play world o warcraft, what would
    give me the best results in those types of games? 9800pro (128mb 8x agp) vs 6600GT (128mb 8x agp) bear in mind the 6600gt has been boosted to 1000mhz instead of the standard 900....
  8. gasstronamicle

    gasstronamicle TS Rookie Posts: 44

    k the 9800 and 6600 are very close performers, when you turn up eye candy like aa and af the 9800 is the clear winer but, with out eyecandy, the 6600 gt is faster. so it depends it youll be gaming with eye candy or not.
  9. Eyreel

    Eyreel TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Choices, Choices

    I want as much eye candy as poss, but i dont want freezing or slowness, will the speed increase of the 6600gt be that noticable to me?
  10. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388


    Ok, check this out. In aquamark 3, the 6600gt beats the 9800xt on all three resolutions. Once fsaa is turned on, then the 9800xt is a little better.-

    The 6600gt also does well in the higher screen resolutions in far cry.
    Far cry
  11. Eyreel

    Eyreel TS Rookie Topic Starter


    Thx, I think i'll go for the 6600GT it luks kicka$$
  12. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

    The 6600gt isn't quite as fast as the 9800 pro in cs:s and hl2 though, but still pretty good. What screen res. will you be using?
  13. pizzada

    pizzada TS Booster Posts: 72

    Just a quick note for those who aren't aware...the 6600GT cards are/were set at 1000Mhz for the PCIeX cards....and 900Mhz for the AGP versions.

    Take a quick look through Newegg's 6600GT cards, and you'll see what I mean.

    Hope that helps, peace.

    PS: did a review on the 6600GT AGP, using DoomIII, Far Cry, MS FlightSim 2004, Unreal etc.. probably worth a look:
  14. cmy6800

    cmy6800 TS Rookie Posts: 20

    The 6600GT is a nice choice. If you don't mind the extra coin, go for the 6800 series. The 6600 is 128bit while the 6800 is 256bit. I have the plain and ordinary eVGA 6800 and it performs pretty freakin well out of the box. I updated the drivers and OC'd it to 400/840. You can use rivatuner to enable the extra disabled pipe and shader. This, of course, can be hit or miss. I was able to enable an extra shader but not the pipes. Looking on newegg, they have the 6600GT's for around $184 and the 6800's for $244.
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