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Old 11-15-2005, 10:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This will be my first build and I want to keep it around 1000$. I plan on using it for gaming, internet, music and office applications. My dinosaur computer is almost 5 years old and its time for a new one. Any suggestions, reviews, opinions, ect would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 11-15-2005, 10:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Get the eVGA 6800GS instead. You'll be more happier with that, and it'll save you some cash you can use to buy a better CPU.
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Why are you getting a sound card? You could save some $$ without it and upgrade something else.
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Why is the 6800GS so much cheaper than the GT is it because it only has 12 piplines and OpenGL 1.5 instead of 16 pipelines and OpenGL 2.0 like the GT. I dont want to buy yesterdays technology if im playing todays games. If I need to pay more for a decent card I will. And are you sure I dont need a sound card. Im going to listen to music too.
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Well, how much does that all add up to? The GS performs better in games than the GT does. Some people think the 6800GS is the new mid-range card, followed by the 7800GT and GTX. I've also heard the idea about unlockable pipelines but I don't know if that's true or not. Check over at TomsHardware and you'll see the GS outperforms the GT in most games.

About the sound card. Add up all that and see how close to 1000 you are. A sound card can increase framerates in games. It won't increase them a lot. Plus you'll get better sound qualitiy.

See if you can get an OEM version of XP Pro. I think it runs about 90 bucks.

Other than that, it looks like a pretty decent system. Pretty close to my rig that I'm in the process of buying/building. I've got about a 1300 dollar limit though.
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You could take out the sound card and use the integrated sound, you could use the money you save and use it to buy a 7800gt.

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I cant belive that the 6800GS is better than the GT when its like 80 dollars less. I think im going to hold off on the sound card and get a 7800. That makes the total like 960 without shipping. Im getting xp pro through school so im getting the 32 and 64 bit version for 14$. Nice deal hu. I guess everything else on the list is ok mabye I will get the XMS corsair ram instead of the value ram too.
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sickness, you need to check your facts. The GS runs at a lower clock speed and has less pipelines. Its a cheaper option for those that cant afford the GT. It is slower!

Saint i suggest you get a soundcard, coz that onboard stuff is just crap, especially if you want good surround.
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i think you will be fine with onboard sound for now, DFIs have surprisingly good onboard sound. when u get the money, just upgrade to a X-Fi
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by espeed
[B]sickness, you need to check your facts. The GS runs at a lower clock speed and has less pipelines. Its a cheaper option for those that cant afford the GT. It is slower!

The GS is faster I just looked at the specs the only difference is the pipelines. The GS has 12 and the GT has 16. Also the GS has OpenGL 1.5 instead of 2.0. I wonder if that makes a big difference. I dont even know what this stuff means. Im getting confused. Im just going to get a 7800 which one should I get.


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