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Old 04-02-2006, 07:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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heres the dilema.....

i want to build a awesome computer but my wife cant see me spending 1500 on a PC. so i'm trying to downgrade the stuff i've picked. so........

what is a good (cheap) graphics card that will get me by till i can upgrade at a later date. if gaming wasnt an issue what would a good one be ? and then will it play any games ? how well ?
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Old 04-02-2006, 08:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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k, well, I'd say you should give me some more info on this rig you're building, man...
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Old 04-02-2006, 09:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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6600gt, they're like around $150 these days.
x850gto is also a good choice.
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Old 04-02-2006, 09:21 PM   #4 (permalink)
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yeah definitely at 6600, but if you can go a lil higher get an 6800, it should be able to run anything pretty well.
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Old 04-02-2006, 09:30 PM   #5 (permalink)
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6600GTs are around $100, the 6800GS can be had for about $160.
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Old 04-03-2006, 08:54 AM   #6 (permalink)
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well this is my ideal PC

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and a DVD-CD drive. that is out of stock. 49.99

so can you see why i need to trim down. does anyone see where i can cut some and still be a pretty good PC ?
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Old 04-03-2006, 09:05 AM   #7 (permalink)
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well if the only thing you want to cut is the video card don't go any lower than a GeForce 6200. its not the greatest of cards but it will play pretty much any game including FEAR. its cheap and should hold for a while
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i'd take recomendations on cutting anything ? the lower price the better it will be. i just dont want to have to upgrade to soon. but as long as it wasnt to expensive an upgrade i could save for them one at a time. the thing is i jsut want to get soemthing to replace the junk i have now.now that i "know" what i could have it kills me to use what i got.
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How much are you trying to cut?

For one thing, I would get a 6800GS for $160 instead of the 7600.

Maybe get a little bit cheaper monitor. Any 8ms will do just fine.

Get rid of the modem unless you have dialup.

Get a fortron 450W PSU instead. Better and cheaper.

You could also cut the CPU to a 3200 or 3500 instead. It wouldn't be too big of a loss in performance, but if you are trying to save money, then it could help.

I would get a MSI K8N Neo4-F instead of the infinity. The DFI infinitys are the cheaper, crappier boards that they make.

Getting Corsair valueselect will also save you a few bucks.
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Old 04-03-2006, 04:38 PM   #10 (permalink)
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thanks i have already went to the 3200 CPU so thaty hepled out a lot.

let me reconfig and then holler back.

thanks so much.
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