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Old 08-28-2008, 08:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm trying to squeeze some extra life out of my current rig. My sig has all my specs, I was thinking about getting another gig of RAM and upgrading the video card to something like a Geforce 8800 or even something in the 9000 series. I don't really want to spend more than $150 to 200 on all of this, so any suggests would be great.
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Go for a 9600gso/8800gt.

You will seem some bottlenecking, but a lot of improvement over the 6800GT.
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Thanks for the advice.
So I'm eyeing this GeForce 8800GT from Newegg, Newegg.com - EVGA 512-P3-N802-AR GeForce 8800GT Superclocked 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards, should I save myself 20 bux and just get this one instead, Newegg.com - EVGA 512-P3-N801-AR GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards. The first is just overclocked abit.
Also do you think my PSU can handle the extra load?
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I wouldnt bother with the superclocked one if i were you, better to put it toward some more ram.

And yes your PSU will handle it fine.
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2 gig of RAM is a definite.

If you can find a dual core s939, go for it. I think someone had a Opty 165 for sale in Buy/Sale/Trade recently.

The above cards are good. I am running a 3850, myself. The 3870 or 4870 would be great for you, as well... especially until we find out how far the Nvidia chip troubles actually go.
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Thanks for the input, I just order another gig of RAM and a GeForce 8800GT. All under 200, so I'm pretty happy with that.
The 8800GT seems to perform a bit better in benchmarks than the 3870's and the 4870's are bit out of my price range at the moment. Do you know which cards are currently affected by the chip problems?
I didn't realize they even had dual cores with socket 939, I'll look around and see what I can dig up.
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