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About to hit "Add to Cart", but worth it?

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by DoubleCheese, 9 May 2006.

  1. DoubleCheese

    Wise Guy

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    Ok, current system is an Epox 9NDA3+ with 4x 512MB Partiot XBLK RAM, Opteron 144 at 2.4Ghz (270x9), GF 6800Ultra...

    I've had it for a while and have the urge to go for a X1800XT 256MB and an Asus A8N Sli Premium.

    Will the difference in preformance be worth it considering I could shift my current stuff and get back most of the money?
     
  2. Zefan

    Don

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    Depends entirely what you're doing as always.
     
  3. DoubleCheese

    Wise Guy

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    Playing BF2, HL2 and hoping to get COD2 soon.
     
  4. Vegeta

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    Doubt much difference in hl2/cs but massive in cod2.
     
  5. man_from_uncle

    Wise Guy

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    Well, the motherboard will let you get that opty up to 2.6-2.8 if the core is up to it (though you'll need some extra cooling) and the graphics card will give you a nice boost over your 6800ultra. I'd be tempted to just get the motherboard for now (it's an SLi motherboard too so an nvidia card would 'fit' better) and see what you can do with your processor (the extra 200-400mhz will help a lot with Oblivion).

    Having said that the X1800XTs really are a steal at that price and though they'll only give you a moderate boost you can probably sell your old card for a ton and make a good part of that back.

    Crickey. I don't know. I'd probably go down the graphics card route first, then think about either getting a better mother board or a better processor in a few months. Or wait till AM2/conro is on the market and get both a cpu and motherboard at once.

    No, the premium is awesome, especially if you want to go RAID 5, it was so easy to set up for me.

    Ignore me. I'm a bit drunk and all upgrade ideas sound good right now. (So glad i don't have any credit card details to hand or i'd be hovering over the 'add to cart' button myself).
     
  6. DoubleCheese

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    Its a toughie indeed. I can get the board pretty cheep and I could sell my 6800 Ultra for abit too.....not sure whether I'd see the gain or jsut the bragging rights....?
     
  7. LoadsaMoney

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    You would get an absolute huge performance boost, i went to an x1800 XT 512mb from an x800 XT PE, and the performance increase is staggering. :)
     
  8. Nelly

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    Have to agree there fully, similar sort of upgrade I made. Amazing how 18 or so months in graphics technology does - hence why the cost of graphics card is quite alot - can see X1900's being about £150 in 18 months or so! lol :rolleyes:
     
  9. easyrider

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    in 18months the x1900 xt will be like a 9800 pro lol
     
  10. Vegeta

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    Erm no, been over 2 years since the 6800ultra came out and its still a decent card, only now with the newer games is it truly unplayable at high settings at 1280 and below res's
     
  11. easyrider

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    But thats two years ago.

    PC hardware moves fast and in 18 months the x1900 xt will be out of date.
    DX 10 faster cores etc....


    See them on auction for peanuts.

    Look at the 7800 GT people can't give them away since the release of 7900 GT.

    Why would someone get a a 7800 GT (unless wanting a sli upgrade on the cheap) for 150 quid second hand when fifty more gets you a 7900 GT.

    give it 2 months and 7800 GT'S will be had for 100 quid mark my words. ;)
     
    Last edited: 10 May 2006
  12. ACESHIGH

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    Have to agree here.

    I would also advise you to get the X1800XT. Very nice boost in speed & at a good price.
     
  13. gt_junkie

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    Ditto on the x1800xt recommendations! :cool:

    You'd get a bit back for your 6800 so flog it and add the difference! The performance increase will be pretty big with your processor clocked! At the moment the 6800's possibly coming close to bottlenecking the rest of the pc!

    You would probably end up adding £100 at most so just go for it! :D

    gt_junkie