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Old 09-26-2006, 10:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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eVGA 256-P2-N554-AX Geforce 7600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130017
152.99

XFX PVT42EUDE3 Geforce 6800XT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150130
129.99

deciding between them two and either a am2 3800+ or a 146/148/165 opty....

not sure whats the better route

am2 3800, ddr2 ram, am2 mobo
opty, oc mobo, oc ram..

and the cards..
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the 7600GT is better by far in my opinion
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I agree with nitestick, 7600GT is better. The X850XT is also a good card...better then the 7600GT and cheaper. But I heard it doesn't support shader something. Is this a big con?
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personally i would steer clear of all the Radeon X models below 1000 as they have compatibility issues.
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Can't go wrong with the 7600gt, great card and supports all shader features. Realy excellent performance for it's price, too.
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Old 09-27-2006, 08:07 AM   #6 (permalink)
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7600gt is the better of the 2 cards. the x850xt bigpal mentioned is also good, if it turns out to be cheaper than the 7600gt. i'm not familiar with any compatibility issues with the x850xt.

out of the processors you mentioned the opteron 165 is the best of the lot.. although, if you do pick an opteron processor, you'll have to use socket 939 instead of AM2 and DDR ram instead of DDR2...
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Just to voice what others have said, the 7600gt is the better card.
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hmm yes. Seems as though 7600gt is the better card. Thanks for clearing that up for me...

Now the question is.. is an opty/939 mobo/ddr ram a better route than say am2 3800, am2 mobo and ddr2 ram?
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Depends what Opteron, but I can say now that the AM2 will be more 'future proof.'
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Old 09-27-2006, 12:47 PM   #10 (permalink)
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a similarly priced opty of the 3800.

AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Windsor 2.0GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 Dual Core Processor - Retail
(am2 mobo, ddr2 ram, etc) system

vs.

AMD Opteron 146 Venus 2.0GHz 1MB L2 Cache Socket 939 Processor - Retail
(oc'ing 939 mobo, oc'ing ram, etc) system
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