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    My possible graphics upgrade, and why it disturbs me slightly.

    Hi guys.

    On seeing the crazilly low prices for the Powercolour x1800XT 512MB at OcUK (reduced by £60 to £280) I am seriously considering buying one and a new PCI-E motherboard to upgrade from my 6800GT. And then it dawned on me, why am I, and we as a community, doing this?

    Primarily I know we all love new, shiny, top end hardware. But can those of us without vast salaries to speak of (students, people who don't work in finance/engineering to name a few) justify this. I realise this kind of discussion has been had before, but I mean a little more specifically. What is comming out before August (my birthday, and therefor next major upgrade opportunity) that's worth buying these things for? I can play F.E.A.R. no problem. The only other game I can think of is Elder Scrolls: Oblivion. Obviously I'm sure there are plenty of games I am not aware of.

    Basicly, can anyone give me some good reasons, probably in the form of a solid list of games, but a good arguement in any way shape or form is alos appreciated, to spend £370?! (Discuss! Heh)

    Cheers, sorry for the wall of text,

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    for your PC.....no I cant' justifiy it!

    But for anyone on an nForce2 with an AGP card....yeah..its gonna be a huge jump

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    Because it give you a bigger willy
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    Precisely what I was thinking s29feb! Seriously though, are there any decent games coming out that'll be a severe challenge to my 6800GT? Well I feel good about saving my money now anyways! Hurrah.

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    This is no reason to upgrade but a heads up for two future game releases - Quake Wars: Enemy Territory and Unreal Tournament 2007

    having said that i'll soon have an upgrade ready for elder scrolls: oblivion if it ever gets released

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    Sorry, can't convince to you to get a better card!

    I've only recently (last few months) got a 6600GT, and I'm still on nForce2. Mmmmm, feel the Socket A goodness!

    I normally only upgrade when I cannot play a game particularly well. If it will run smoothly on the lowest graphics settings around 800x600 or 1024x768, I'm happy. I never use AA because I never notice it. For me, if I notice the jagged edges all the time, I need a better game, not a better graphics card.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FLuff_eei
    Primarily I know we all love new, shiny, top end hardware. But can those of us without vast salaries to speak of (students, people who don't work in finance/engineering to name a few) justify this.
    What makes you think engineers can afford it! LOL

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    I have a 7800GT but my previous card was/is a GeForce 3 Ti 200 on a P3-500. So quite a step. Like the previous card though, it will have to last a few years. I bought it because it cost me about 40 quid more than an X800 GTO2 but pumps out a lot more welly (technical expression) and does SM3. Oh yes, and Scan had it on an especially good offer and with free postage

    What makes you think engineers get paid well? They are particularly useful members of society, therefore the pay level is commensurately appalling.

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    Don't bother...

    If your happy with the way FEAR plays on your system at the moment, I would leave it a while. AFAIK, there aren't any games around the nearest couple of corners that will be any more demanding than that...Brings my 6600GT to its knees though .
    I've bought an X2 4200+.
    Can I, as a student, justify the £270 for an OEM 7800GTX?
    Does anyone know where I can get a breakout box to use VIVO on the said ScanFX 7800GTX?
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    Heh, lots of bitter engineers out there. Yeah, I think I'll keep my money, if I can run F.E.A.R. then that'll do I think!

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    Good choice!! Not really any extra justification for saying that other than my previous post, just making ya feel better!

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    Does anyone know where I can get a breakout box to use VIVO on the said ScanFX 7800GTX?
    Cheers
    I would contact Scan direct mate. Heres the genral enquiries chap at scan, he may be able to help. http://forums.hexus.net/member.php?f...poster&t=65860
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    Just depends on whether you want super smooth frame rates and high resolutions or not in games like Ut2007 etc
    If you're not looking for .great. looking games running fast then you don't need to bother, especially if you're running off a low resolution anyway, a 6800GT will probably do a fine job

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    I have a really good justification for you. Buy a 24" Widescreen monitor that runs at 1900 x
    1200 and then you'll need to upgrade

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    Quote Originally Posted by Syd
    I have a really good justification for you. Buy a 24" Widescreen monitor that runs at 1900 x
    1200 and then you'll need to upgrade
    Yup. I run everything at 1600x1200 and a 6800GT just don't cut it there. My old (now selling on ebay!) 7800 GTX was bought for that very reason..
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    Seeing as your current card runs UT2007 and TES4 just as well as a X1800XT (yes, that is a trick answer - they both run them at 0fps because they're not out yet) I would wait until you have proof infront of your eyes that the 6800gt struggles (ie the games are out). By then you'll get the x1800xt at a better price, for exactly the same improvement.

    I've only just upgraded to a 6800gt for that reason

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