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Newbie - Choosing a Graphics Card

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by helishark, 14 May 2006.

  1. helishark


    Joined: 13 May 2006

    Posts: 2

    Hey guys Im building my first computer and have all the stuff installed except for the CPU, RAM and a Graphics Card.

    Setup is as follows:

    580W Hyper Type R PSU
    Asus A8N32 - SLI Deluxe
    1GB Corsair XMS
    AMD 4400 X2
    300GB SATAII Diamond Max Plus 10

    Guys Im really stuck on the graphics card choices. I really want decent graphics performance but but dont want to spend an absolute ton.

    Do I go for a 7900GTX (possibilty of SLI in future)


    X1900XTX and stay with the single card solution?

    I take it an X1900XTX will be ok on my A8N-32 SLI Deluxe mobo will it?

    Cheers for any advice.

  2. wellibob


    Joined: 27 Mar 2006

    Posts: 4,008

    If you have any sense, you should get the best VALUE graphics card, not the top one. X1800XT or 7900GT.
  3. easyrider


    Joined: 24 Dec 2005

    Posts: 39,757

    Location: Autonomy

    welcome to the forums.

    For starters I would have gone for 2 gig of ram.

    But either the x1900 xtx or 7900 GTX are on par with each other.I would go 7900 GTX because you have a sli mobo and at least it gives you the option of the SLI.Even if you wont do it the option is there if you find a gtx in the future.

    Plus the 7900 GTX is better IMO due to heat,power draw and noise.Its silent running and cool as a cucumber!

    hi wellibob long time no hear! ;)
  4. helishark


    Joined: 13 May 2006

    Posts: 2

    Thanks guys, yeah im looking to upgrade to 2gb of ram soon, I just got the 1gb to get the system off the ground first. Then hopefully if i dont mess anything up I can start to tweak it.

    Thanks for the advice.
  5. easyrider


    Joined: 24 Dec 2005

    Posts: 39,757

    Location: Autonomy

    you might be forced to 2 T timing with four sticks and the x2 4400 so keep that in mind.

    Better to have 2x 1gig stix than 4x 512mb stix


    Joined: 17 Aug 2005

    Posts: 4,305

    Can i also suggest you look at the X1800XT 256 at £170. Bargain price for a great performing card (quicker than a 7900GT) & will keep you playing untill you want to upgrade to a DX10 card, i would say.
  7. div0


    Joined: 12 Jan 2006

    Posts: 3,592

    Location: Edinburgh

    agreed :)

    superb value for money!
  8. Teknodeamon


    Joined: 17 Nov 2004

    Posts: 240

    Location: Scotland

    id go for the 7900 gt overclocks better than the x1800xt and is way way way cooler.
  9. toxic

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 5 Mar 2006

    Posts: 2,245

    Location: Scotland

    personally....for the same price as a 7900GTX you can get a 7900GT or x1800xt....send back your 1Gb RAM and order 2x1Gb sticks. Its much annoying when you have the dogs of a GPU but still get jerky gameplay beacuse you dont have enough RAM. 2G of RAM smooths out most of the latest games totally...BF2, FEAR etc.
    Failing that...decide on how much you want to spend on a graphics card first...if you have the money for the best...just get one.
  10. okimanoob


    Joined: 27 Dec 2005

    Posts: 206

    Location: Edinburgh

  11. Darkwave


    Joined: 25 Oct 2005

    Posts: 13,780

    Seconded. :)

    Edit: Thirded. :(
  12. 2bullish


    Joined: 21 Jan 2005

    Posts: 763

    Location: Manchester

    Get the X800 buy £20 worth of gpu cooling, then when you upgrade when DX10 hits you can pop the old hsf back on and bang it out on ebay, keep the funky gpu cooler and jobs a good'n

    Edit fourthded (sic)
  13. crashuk


    Joined: 7 Dec 2005

    Posts: 2,691

    580W Hyper Type R PSU
    Asus A8N32 - SLI Deluxe
    1GB Corsair XMS
    AMD 4400 X2
    300GB SATAII Diamond Max Plus 10

    well i wouldnt buy a new chip yet ill wait for the new amd chips coming out, and have all 4 1gig sticks running @1 T :) ,but if u cant wait then this.
    X2 Dual Core 4200
    2 gig ram @1t 2sticks
    1800 or 7900gt
    Last edited: 18 May 2006