Help With Graphics Card? - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > System Upgrades
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-21-2008, 01:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
Newb Techie
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 1
Post Help With Graphics Card?

Ok I'm building a new unit and I need help with what Graphics setup I should get. I want to run C&C: Tiberium Wars, World In Conflict and BF2. This is what I've got now I just need the Graphics card,

CPU - Intel Pentium D 820
RAM - 2GB DDR2 667
MOBO - Gigabyte 945P
Sound - Sound Blaster 5.1 Live

Now I've got 3 choices with what I want to go with:
Nvidia 8600 512
Nvidia 8800 512
Nvidia 9600

Now the 8600 is 130$ but the 8800 and 9600 are both 300$+ What do you guys think would be the best "bang for buck" as it were?

kiwi047 is offline  
Old 03-21-2008, 02:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
zedman3d's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 2,852
Default Re: Help With Graphics Card?

Pentium D's are VERY bad, go with Core 2 Duo's or a Pentium Dual Core. And 9600GT's are only $170... The 8800GT ($220) is abit better but a 9600GT will last you.

CPU: Intel Pentium E2200 Allendale 2.2GHz
RAM: A-DATA 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800

zedman3d is offline  
Old 03-21-2008, 03:00 AM   #3 (permalink)
Putting the X in Sapper
SapperX's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Boulder
Posts: 721
Default Re: Help With Graphics Card?

The 8600 should never be considered anymore. The best bet here for that system would be the 9600 (which is only about $170 btw), considering a 8800gt would be overkill paired with that processor.

The 9600 is a great card.
My Current PC-
Intel Q6600 G0 |Western Digital 250gb HD
Seagate 500gb HD | Western Digital 500gb HD | VisionTek HD4870 | 4gb Cruical Ballistix Tracer DDR2 800
850w Thermaltake PSU | Cooler Master Centurian 590 | 2x Dell 22" LCD

-900HA EEE pc
SapperX is offline  
Old 03-21-2008, 04:03 AM   #4 (permalink)
Newb Techie
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 10
Default Re: Help With Graphics Card?

Agree with zedman3d.
itrush07 is offline  
Old 03-21-2008, 07:27 AM   #5 (permalink)
ohGrFreak's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Midwest in tha houzze
Posts: 1,657
Send a message via AIM to ohGrFreak Send a message via Yahoo to ohGrFreak
Default Re: Help With Graphics Card?

Originally Posted by SapperX View Post
The 8600 should never be considered anymore.
The 8600 is still a nice card, I just got one before the 9600 came out, it'll run almost anything you throw at it at high res and settings. It's an MSI 8600GT OC. But with the price now of the 9600, I would go with that.
ohGrFreak is offline  
Old 03-21-2008, 07:36 AM   #6 (permalink)
Grandfather of Techist

Trotter's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: The South
Posts: 31,390
Default Re: Help With Graphics Card?

incase ya'll missed it, he said he HAS this:
CPU - Intel Pentium D 820
RAM - 2GB DDR2 667
MOBO - Gigabyte 945P
Sound - Sound Blaster 5.1 Live
... not that he was buying it.

One important consideration is whether or not you have a PSU that will feed the GFX card. I am guessing that your mobo has a PCI-E slot for the card (can't check right now... is that the model number or just the chipset?).


Antec 300 Illusion / Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W / ASUS GeForce GTX 960 GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 x6 core / MSI B350 Gaming Plus
Samsung 970 EVO 250GB M.2 SSD / WD Blue SSD 250GB / WD Black 750GB / WD Green 1TB
2x4GB DDR4 2400 / Win10 Pro x64
Mionix Naos 7000 Mouse - CM Storm QuickFire Rapid Mech Keyboard

R.I.P. Danny L. Trotter ... 14 Nov 1945 - 4 Sept 2009
Trotter is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Dedicated power supply for a graphics card? wencke530 System Upgrades 13 02-23-2008 06:27 PM
3D Modeling Graphics Card Help Timaphillips New Systems | Building and Buying 17 01-08-2008 06:27 PM
Graphics card incompatibility? ChiliPalmer Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting 2 09-30-2007 10:01 PM
DVI graphics card + VGA Monitor ??? tacojoethethird Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting 9 07-02-2007 05:44 PM
Graphics card fan iviv Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting 3 03-31-2007 05:52 PM

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:27 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.