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hello there
I'm buying a new comp soon, and I only need to decide on the videocard

I'm willing to spend around $200 (USD), maybe up to $230 but nothing more.
I want to buy a PCI-Express videocard, preferably nVidia.
my current computer's videocard is a 6600 128mb, but I think it's not enough for my gaming needs

I tried googling for benchmarks but they usually compare just a few and not the ones I'm looking to buy (and never comparing it with my current 660 128mb), so I decided to post it here

I'm looking up at tigerdirect (which is probably the store I'll be buying at, since I'll be there in person. long story, I'm not buying on the internet because I live in Mexico but I'm going to Miami this weekend).
Over at tigerdirect I see:
- "Gigabyte GeForce 6600GT / 128MB DDR / PCI Express" for $159.99
- "Leadtek GeForce 6800 / 256MB / PCI-Express" for $199.99
- "XFX GeForce 6800 / 256MB DDR3 / PCI Express" for $199.99
- "eVGA GeForce 6800 / 256MB DDR / PCI-Express" for $229.99
- "Connect 3D Radeon X800 XL / 256MB GDDR3 / PCI Express" for $229.99
everything else goes beyond my price range

will any of these make a significant change from my 6600 128mb? should I be spending more?
is the pure 6800 256mb better than the 6600gt 128mb?
is an X800xl 256mb better than the 6800 256mb?
if I choose the 6800 256mb which one should I choose?

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if you choose normal 6800, ddr3 version is your only choice. you will see about 1000 point increase in 3dmark05, that's like 5-10fps increase when you play new games at maximum setting. imo, the upgrade is not worth it. you either spend an unreasonable amount of money to get the next level video cards(7800, x1800) or wait for a price drop. you can consider sli setup with another 6600, but i think vsync is still broken in sli with nvidia's newest driver.
 

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Well, I had a 6600 and it got broke. So I bought a 6600GT for 200$.
Here are my benchmark runs:

By OC I mean overclock (of course) and which is nothing more than raising my clock to 525 instead of 500 and enabling a compatibility mode with my mobo using Rivatuner (I donno what it does techincally though).
 

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Ker, what is the rest of your system spec? it could be something else holding your pc back, ive got an old Radeon 9800XT and it still plays everything nice and fast in hi res's, and i know the 6600 is much faster.
 

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hmm the upgrade might not be worth it, but I'm selling my whole PC and buying a new one so I need the upgrade anyway

I think I'm getting the "XFX Geforce 6800 256mb ddr3" ($199), but I could also get the "Connect 3D Radeon X800 XL 256MB GDDR3" ($230). which is better? I'm looking for benchmarks now

here are my current specs:
amd athlon 64 3200+, asus k8v deluxe motherboard, 2x512mb kingston PC3200 RAM, 120gb maxtor SATA HD, Chaintech Geforce 6600 256mb

and my next computer's specs:
amd athlon 64 3500+ or 3700+, asus A8N-E motherboard, 4x512mb corsair PC3200 RAM, 320gb WD SATA HD

I can never seem to run games at highest detail with high resolutions. tried the AoE3 demo and had to run it at 1024x768 with details at medium-low. B&W2 runs at 25fps on 800x600 on lowest detail. PES5 demo runs smooth. Fable runs fine at 1024x768 with settings on medium and 2xFSAA I think.

the upgrade is costing about $300 USD for all of this (new PC price - price I'm selling the old PC for) so I think it's worth it (specially the extra gb of memory since I do 2D and 3D graphics)
 

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i think the x800xl is much faster than the 6800 regular O__o....cant remember too clearly now but if u think about it in terms of ppiplelines it shud be the case (16 on the x800xl and 12 on the 6800....plus u can probably overclock that x800xl pretty high too)

Heres some fancy charts for you : Toms Hardware PCI-Express VGA cards comparison 2005
 

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wow that's the most extensive benchmarking I've ever seen! thanks for the link, now I have a better idea of where I stand and where I can be with my videocard

I'm still not sure what videocard I'll get, that depends on the street prices I find on my trip to miami, but now I kinda know what to buy

thanks a lot!



btw I don't do any overclocking
 

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[Clements] said:
The X800 XL is a quite a bit faster than a 6800/6600GT, about 1500 3DMark (05) points faster. XLs aren't particularly good at overclocking, however.
that's why i mentioned the gto2. all of them so far have unlocked to 16 pipes and at around 500/600 like mine does makes them damn fast cards for the money being cheaper than an XL.

For reference, an x850xt pe runs at around 540/580. A bargain if you can source one for decent money.
 

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doh ! i was thinking itd be a good oc'er since its based on 110nm tech o_O

ah well.

/me hugs his x800xt at x850xt pe speeds.
 
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