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Old 06-04-2006, 08:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am planning on upgrading to the 7600gt sometime this summer, and was wondering a couple things:

a) is the difference from a 6600gt alot?
b) will my PSU (Fortron 400w) be adequate or should I upgrade to the 450w or 500w?
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dont know about the difference, but i think the psu should hold up fine
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google for 7600gt review and find some benchmakrs
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yes, the 7600gt is much better...
6600gt=8 pipelines/500mhz clock
7600gt=12 pipelines/ 580mhz clock

edit- just to be safe, i would upgrade to this psu-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817103937

i run the setup in my sig with 6800 nvidia card on a 450 watt psu....and im pushing it.....so a 7600gt would need 500 to be safe.
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no you don't need a new psu, people always think you need more than you do. your comp shouldn't need more than 350w right now so save some money and just get the card
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I would say you'll be fine with your current psu. If you upgrade the cxard and start having power-related problems then I'd consider a new one.
The 7600gt is significantly better than your 6600gt in terms of just specs alone. Actual benchmarks are also very impressive for such a moderately priced card. Checks Tom's hardware for their video charts, I think they included the 6600gt in their latest one.
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Check PSU on here and add 50 or so watts to the end result.

And, I personally would hold out for the 8 series/R600. The 6600gt is no way a bad card. It may need a few medium settings on the newest games.
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if you wait till the G80 comes out, the 7900GT will probably drop into your price range... but thats at least a few months
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the 7900gt will fall to below $200 in a few months? i'm doubtful....
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Old technology, so it will. Just like the 6800GS/GT has.
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