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Old 01-24-2008, 09:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, this is my first post and I'm buying my first computer. I don't know much about computers but this is the one I think I have settled on. Any advice would be great.

I know video cards are important so is it worth the extra money to upgrade to a 8800 GTS? I heard moving from the 512MB to a 768MB is worth it if you have the budget. I would like to keep it under $2000. Thanks for your help!

Processor: Intel® Core™2 Q6600 Quad-Core (8MB L2 cache,2.4GHz,1066FSB)

Video Card: 512MB Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT

Memory: 2GB Corsair Dominator DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz OC'd to 1066MHz-2 DIMMs

Hard Drive: 160GB - WD Raptor 10000RPM, SATA 3.0Gb/s, 16MB Cache

Optical Drive: Single Drive: 16X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability

Monitor: 22 inch UltraSharp™ 2208WFP Widescreen Digital Flat Panel

Operating System: Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium

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Old 01-24-2008, 10:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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if you do decide to go with a 768mb nvidia card just be careful which one you buy. Only the 768mb (g92) revision is better than a 512mb.

also, the 10k rpm drives do not make much of a difference now, get a 7200.11 (32mb cache) HD instead.

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Old 01-24-2008, 11:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The G92 8800GTS is 512MB also. It's the GTX that is 768MB, which isn't worth the price increase, in my opinion. A G92 8800GTS will be just as good as the GTX, but $100 cheaper.

Also, don't get the 320MB or 640MB versions of the 8800GTS. I thought those ones were all based on the older GPU, but Newegg lists those as G92 also... so maybe Newegg is wrong? Or do they have G92 320MB and 640MB cards...?

Either way, I recommend the 8800GT 512MB or the 8800GTS 512MB.

Also, as mentioned, the Raptor drives give questionable performance increase.
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Old 01-25-2008, 01:39 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for the advice. I'll go with the 8800GT and the 7200 drive. Is it worth upgrading the drive from 320GB to 500GB or 750GB?
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well it depends if ur gona use alot of space, if u are then its saves money in the long run,
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