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Old 04-11-2006, 09:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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at the moment, i have these parts for my upgrade:

dfi-lanparty ultra -d
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1 x 160GB seagate sata
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the case i will be putting these in
saturn cetus case (in nz dollars)

now i'm predominantly into doing some video editing, and putting dvd's together, internet and visual studio programming. my current system is based on athlon xp2100+ with a geforce4 420mx, so i'm very limited for games. However, i want to get a an okay video card so that i can play some of the newer first person shooters on reasonable graphics settings.( by newer, i mean over the last 2 years or so), my budget will stretch to around $NZ240 so the top graphics card i could get would be 6600GT. What i want to know, is that what sort of games could i play reasonably well with this card, and well also, with the 6600 and below. Just want an indication of the range of games i could play, as i have not played many games at all.

One of my pet hates is very hot components, and at same time very noisy fans = so passive cooling that works effectlively would be great.

Any help on this would be much appreciated.



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6600gt is considered minimum for most games these days but in my opinion any 6*** series card can play pretty much all games. if the choice is between the 6600 vanilla and the gt even with the price difference you are better off getting the GT.
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i would definatley go with the GT but if you can try and find a 6800 vanilla, either way both card will be fine to play good games.
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what is meant by vanilla? is that just the base 6600 model?

for example this
asus 6600

i like this cuz it doesn't have a fan.


what are some good first person shooters that i could play with that graphics card? h
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That card is 180$?? I bought my 6600 for 100$.

I can play Doom 3 just fine. Even with 2x AA.
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i am living in NZ so those are nz prices. NZ$1 = US$0.66 approximately
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yeah vanilla is the base model.
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i have the 6600 gt 256 mb and i can play all games pretty good im happy with it. iv had it for bout 5 month with no problems.
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