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Old 03-01-2005, 05:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Im stuck in a rut. I get one thing for my birthday, and I got stuck between a Geforce 6600GT and an Antec P160 case.

If I get the case, I'll need to get the card later. If I do that, then I'll have to buy a new mobo and ram.

On the other hand if I get the card I'll still need to get a new mobo, ram and a case, this board only supports 4x agp and pc2100 ram.

I think when it comes down to it, I still need to get a new motherboard and ram.
Do you think for the time being that the 6600 will run on 4x or isn't it worth it yet?
Which would you do?
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Old 03-01-2005, 06:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This one?

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...&Sku=P450-8529

If I could only add one thing to your current setup, it'd be more HD space - maybe a SATA drive and expansion card (if necessary).
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Looks good, so I take it you'd go with the graphics card.
The hard drive is the last thing on my mind, I have music and what not backed up elsewhere.
I know I'd get better performance with pc3200 ram.
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Graphics Card; and when you upgrade, keep the card and change everything else.
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Graphics Card; and when you upgrade, keep the card and change everything else.
Problem here is that his next upgrade will be PCI express (or better). You can reuse a HD or case on your next upgrade - not necessarily the card.

However, you don't really need to upgrade yet except perhaps to get a faster frame rate for your games. Compare benchmarks between the new card running at 4x and your old video before spending the money.
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Good point, PCI-e is next. Im pretty sure thou that a 6600 in 4x mode should beat a Ti4200 in 4x mode by a little bit anyways
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You need to get the mobo and crap out of the way before you jump to things like a graphics card and RAM
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but the crap is easier to get down the road, the graphics card will be a "freebe" so to speak.
The crap also includes that case, which is what im set on, and thats $130 at newegg
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Meh, it's a waste. The 6600GT will just go down in price, and you're going to severely bottleneck it with PC2100 RAM and a 4x AGP....4x and 8x AGP doesn't make a huge difference in performance, but that RAM will surely be killing you
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hmmm, you may have a good point. getting a full atx case will make way for a full atx mobo, better ram and 8x down the road.
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