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Old 05-10-2008, 11:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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PC Specs

Video Card:
Newegg.com - EVGA 384-P3-N853-AR GeForce 8800GS Superclocked 384MB 192-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

I know for a few dollars more I can get a 8800GT, but I'm not a hardcore gamer and this card seems like a good choice.

PSU:
Newegg.com - OCZ StealthXStream OCZ500SXS 500W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply 100 - 240 V - Power Supplies

My PSU Size: 5.9 W x 5.5 L x 3.5 H

This is my first time ever upgrading my PC, so I just don't want anything to bad to happen right after about it. A few questions before I buy these two things is, will everything fit? I heard the 8800GS was long, so I was wondering if it would fit in my tower. Is my PC compatible with them? Thanks in advance, any help is appreciated.
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Power supply is fine.

What games are you going to be playing?
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Bioshock, COD4, and I run games on 1024x768 so the graphics card is fine?
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Depends on what settings and frame rates you expect.

It should be ok for that resolution, medium setting maybe 30-40 FPS..

COD4 it will have no problem with, but it may struggle a bit more with Bioshock..
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it may struggle a bit more with Bioshock..
hel be fine, i max bioshock, at 1280x1024 on my 7950gt. i just get by at like 30fps.
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I guess, if thats playable for you. :/
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How about Crysis or aAssassins Creed?
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Crysis will give you the most trouble.

But you want to play all these games and have them look nice you should at least get a GTS G92.

Or sli 9600GT's for 300 USD.

But I am a bit biased, as I can't enjoy any game unless it is completely maxed with good frame rates.
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I have the non overclocked 8800gs and it will run Crysis with all high settings (except shadows) dx10 and playable fps (~30) at 1024x768. It should be very playable with the same settings in dx9. It will be able to max out COD4 without a problem at that resolution.
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I dunno if you bought them already or not but i was going to suggest you buying a 9600GT for only 10 bucks more but oh well.
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