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Upgrade from 6800GT 256mb

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Craig321, 1 Jun 2006.

  1. Craig321

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    Hi,

    Currently I have a 6800 GT which crashes in some games (FEAR, Half Life 2 so far). First off the whole screen fills with pink/white and some other coloured blocks and then the screen goes to sleep.

    The graphic card is fine in all the other games I currently play, but not these 2.

    As I cannot get the graphic card replaced I'm thinking about getting a nice shiny new one for my birthday.

    What's the best upgrade for around the 7800GT price please? And if the 7800 is the best upgrade for around that price then what kind of a difference will I see please?

    Thanks,
    Craig. :)
     
  2. senorstealth

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    Are you looking to buy new, or second hand?? Remember that when vista is released there will be a host of new cards that support the DX10 standard, so its not really worth buying anything to expensive.

    You can pick up a second hand 7800gtx for approx 170, with which you will see a dramatic improvement (you should be able to max out pretty much everything)

    It all depends on your budget.
     
  3. danceMB

    Wise Guy

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    It all depends on your budget, and also if you have an AGP or PCI-e connection here? It does make a lot of difference
     
  4. Craig321

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    I'm really not sure on the AGP and PCI connections, this 6800 I have was bought from the PCI section on OcUK a while back, and it fits this motherboard I have which says by the graphic card slot AGP 8X yet the graphic card connection doesn't look anything like they look like in the AGP section on OcUK so I'm really not sure about PCI and AGP >.<

    I'm not really sure on the price, I'll just say around £150-£200 for now.
     
  5. ACESHIGH

    Mobster

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    If on PCIE the best bang per buck card is this ...

    Connect3D ATI Radeon X1800 XT 256MB GDDR3 AVIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (GX-044-CO)
    Price: £139.95 (£164.44 Including VAT at 17.5%)


    ... at stock faster than both the 7900GT & 7800GTX.

    Cant possibly go wrong with that deal!!
     
  6. Johnnyboy

    Gangster

    Joined: 18 Sep 2003

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    Tell us what motherboard you have, and we will let you know the graphics card upgrade options. There are three types PCI (very old), AGP (old), PCIe (new). A few motherboards support AGP and PCIe.

    Whilst you are at it, let us know your CPU type, PSU make and amount of RAM. Any one of these can limit your graphics upgrade.

    [J]
     
  7. Craig321

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    At the moment I've got the Asus P5P800SE - it is an AGP motherboard... well at least it says it is. Yet the graphic card that was bought from the PCI section on OcUK fits perfectly and works perfectly.

    Also, I have a 3.0GHZ Intel 1mb l2, 1GB Corsair XMS3200 Pro DDR, Akasa Ultra Quiet 460w ATX 2.0.

    Craig.
     
  8. ACESHIGH

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    For that price something like ..
    XFX GeForce 7800 GS 256MB GDDR3 TV-Out/DVI (AGP) - Retail (PVT70-KUAF7) (GX-068-XF) £205.57 Including VAT.

    However as far as performance goes these are somewhere between a 6800GT & 6800Ultra, depending on games played. So not a huge boost. Theres no point paying more than that for a graphics card as your P4 will be holding you back. You would be better off getting a 2nd hand card though, imo.
     
  9. Craig321

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    What difference would I see from my current card --> Albatron GeForce 7900GT 256MB PCI-E 256bit DDR3, TV-OUT, Dual DVI ?

    They're 211.49 (that includes VAT) from a competitor.

    Craig.
     
  10. ACESHIGH

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    The 7900GT is easily double the performance of a 6800GT.

    If going PCIE though i would advise you to consider the X1800XT - faster & cheaper than the 7900GT.

    Connect3D ATI Radeon X1800 XT 256MB GDDR3 AVIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (GX-044-CO)
    Price: £139.95 (£164.44 Including VAT at 17.5%)
     
  11. Cyber-Mav

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    anyone have any links to reviews of the x1800xt vs the 7900gt?
     
  12. tomisgod

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    U do realise that u dont have a PCI-E motherboard, ull need a new one if going down this route. I feel AGP has finally come to its grave and so this may be wise.
    Also price to performance wise, u'll be better buying a new graphics card and motherboard than just buying an AGP.

    Happy Shopping ;)
     
  13. Jay_t

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    If you can't hold out for DX 10 cards, just get the best stopgap you can find. Just don't spend 400 quid on a 7950 or anything like that. ;)
     
  14. Craig321

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    As I said in my first post, the current graphic card was bought from the PCI section of OcUK, so I really don't get this >.<.

    Craig.
     
  15. mermoid

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    if the graphics card is PCIE then you must be wrong about the motherboard you have... either that or you're wrong about the graphics card being PCIE. It's one or the other.
     
  16. Craig321

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    What if the graphic card is just PCI? Not PCIE?
     
  17. mermoid

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    PCI 6800GTs don't exist
     
  18. nbkpsycho

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    Download CPUZ then go to >> Mainboard and look at the bottom and it will tell you AGP or PCI Express ;)

    Click Here For CPUZ
     
  19. Craig321

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    AGP version 3, I know the motherboard is AGP, as I have said but the graphic card was bought from the PCI section on OcUK
     
  20. PureAppleJuice

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