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Old 04-22-2006, 10:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Im getting a parts list together for a computer that i'm planning to build soon. I need help choosing a video card. A lot of people recomended the eVGA Geforce 7900GT 256MB 256-bit PCI Express x16 Video Card

I am not sure whether or not i need a card as good as that one. Ive also been looking at the much cheaper 256MB Geforce 6800

I'm not a big gamer, I'll use my computer alot for multimedia (dvds, video editing) and mabe a game once in a while... Is there good reason to go for the 7900GT or would the 6800 cover my needs?

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Old 04-22-2006, 10:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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if you are hardly ever going to game you could go as low as a 6600gt unless you like high graphics settings. i wouldn't reccomend a 6800 vanilla. in my opinion only GT and GS models of nVIDIA's cards are worth looking at. look at a 6800gs, probably the best value for you

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Old 04-22-2006, 12:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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As stated above, I would look at the 6800GS line.

However, if you are going to go cheap on the video card, do not look at the 6600GT. nVidia is replacing it with this model now:

However, with it being almost the same price as a 6800GS and it only has 128-bit support, you might as well just look into a 6800GS that has 256-bit support.
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Old 04-22-2006, 12:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If you don't want the 7900GT, as said above, the 6800GS is probably the best choice. I have one and now it's a very affordable price and will play every game out fine. Maybe not on max settings, but it'll definetly play them .
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Old 04-22-2006, 01:12 PM   #5 (permalink)
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There really isnt a point in getting that good of a video card if you will only be gaming a little bit. I would also recommend the 6800 GS, or possible this, since it is so cheap:
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Old 04-22-2006, 01:20 PM   #6 (permalink)
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depending on your "games" you'll play you might even consider going down to a 6200.. If your only going to play games like Civ 3, command and conquer, etc... they don't need that good of card... The newer games however, will... Possibly an X800 GTO... (not a BAD card... just doesn't have "NVIDIA" on it, just most people hate ATI)

Think about your games and what the specs for them might be first before jumping in... There is a HUGE selection out there... If you don't need it that powerful, then save your money for a better PSU, or CPU, or speakers, (for multi-media) etc... a more important part of the system...

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wat about an x1800xt?
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Old 04-22-2006, 06:47 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Haha seems that everyone is favors nVidia a little. I would have given an ATi card but I do not know how they perform. All of my friends at LAN parties use nVidia only... Shame. I might be getting the latest ATi card when AM2 comes out.
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Old 04-22-2006, 07:05 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Originally posted by john3
wat about an x1800xt?
I don't think he would need such a good card. Unless he has money too spend.
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Old 04-22-2006, 11:19 PM   #10 (permalink)
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7600gt is what i would recommend...

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