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    New Mobo.. Graphics Card Experts.. Look in!

    Following the help of some of you on here, I've decided to upgrade AGAIN, but this time to PCI-E, and not AGP like I first decided.

    My cpu is a Sempron 3000+ s754

    I was thinking for a mobo..

    Gigabyte GA-K8NE NF4-4X, S754, PCI-E (x16), DDR 400, SATA I, SATA RAID, ATX
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=213218

    And now for the hard part! After hours of doing research.. Im still a bit confused as to what makes a graphics card better than others! lol

    I was thinking of one of the following...

    256Mb Point of View 7600GS Mem Clock 800 MHz, GPU 400 MHz, 12 Pipes, Dual DVI-I HDTV
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=382962
    £81.06

    256Mb XFX 7600GS Mem Clock 800 MHz, GPU 400 MHz, 12 Pipes Dual Link DVI, S-Video/TV Out
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=368193
    £88.13

    256MB XFX 6800 XT Extreme ,Mem 1000 MHz ,GPU 350 MHz ,8 Pipes, Dual DVI-I , S-Video/TV Out
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=346050
    £88.00

    256MB Gigabyte 6600GT, 1000 MHz, GPU 500 MHz, 8 Pipes, D-Sub, DVI-I, S-Video/TV Out, Passive
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=299638
    £75.54

    Novatech GeForce 6600GT 128MB 8xAGP DDR3 TV Out DVI
    http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/s...tml?NOV-GF66GT
    £80 from Novatech (Mates rate)

    Or any other suggestions for the mobo and the card?? For the card, I'm willing to pay about £30 more for a much better one, if it means I wont have to upgrade as soon!
    Last edited by 360bhp; 16-06-2006 at 02:21 AM.

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    I thought the GS moniker was for AGP cards. anyway, go for the XFX 7600.

    As for waht makes graphics cars better than others, it's just like any PC part, biger numbers always win

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    That's what I thought! lol

    First I judged it on the fill rate, vertices etc... Then I discovered the clock speeds... Then the ram types... and now unlockable pipelines?? Wtf comes to mind... lol All rather confusing!

    Thanks for the suggestion bud.

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    I wouldn't buy a card, just incase you can unlock pipelines, they are usually faulty (hence locked).

    7600 is faster than 6600, and 7900 is faster than both.

    If you can get a few extra mhz for a few quid go for it, but generally it's nothing you cant do yourself anyway.

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    Leaning towards the 7600gs.. but the POV with the fan.. The idea of a big heatsink on a grfx card scares me lol

    If it helps choosing the card... Main games I play are Pro Evo 5, Toca 3, MOH occasionally.. Im on the search for some new games though
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    7600 Will handle those games no problem. If you really want to avoid upgrading again, I'd go for a 7900GT, but thats going to be £200 inc VAT.

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    Oops.. There goes the budget! lol

    256Mb Point of View 7600GS Mem Clock 800 MHz, GPU 400 MHz, 12 Pipes, Dual DVI-I HDTV
    Gigabyte GA-K8NE NF4-4X, S754, PCI-E (x16), DDR 400, SATA I, SATA RAID, ATX
    Coolermaster 80mm Aero Blower (Case Fan) 1900-3500rpm
    Chenbro Xpider II Green/Black Midi Case with Side Window w/o PSU
    Sharkoon 12" White CCFL 2in1 Kit (x2 CCFL Tubes + dual Inverter + adhesive Velcro strips)

    Thanks for your help!

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    Forget the 6600GT, they were great in their day (I have one) but their day is passed. Now to add to the confusion

    7600GT is much faster than the 7600GS for ~120 quid.

    7300GT (note the GT bit) is nearly as fast as the 7600GS but cheaper (same chip but with 4 pixel pipes turned off). If you can find one with GDDR3 memory then it becomes a cut down 7600GT!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckskull
    I thought the GS moniker was for AGP cards. anyway, go for the XFX 7600.

    As for waht makes graphics cars better than others, it's just like any PC part, biger numbers always win
    wrong, first gs card was the 6800gs on pcie

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    Quote Originally Posted by killkoy
    wrong, first gs card was the 6800gs on pcie
    I jumped from Radeon 9600 to 7800GT in one build, I missed out a few gens of card

    First time I saw the GS moniker, it was on the AGP 7800. I just presumed it was always for AGP. ah well you learn something everyday.

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