View Full Version : Motherboards & Gfx cards

04-05-08, 05:09 PM
I am not sure if it is advisable to upgrade my graphics card as I purchased the motherboard and processor at the same time, and do not know if they would have to be upgraded as well.

AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Manchester 2.0GHz Socket 939 Dual-Core
ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE GV-NX79T256DB-RH GeForce 7900GT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI

What should I look for, or how should I go about determining (using the motherboard, processor, and gfx card's specifications) whether to upgrade, and to which card? I am a newbie to this whole business; I'm in finance (esp. commodities), not computers and am not quite sure how to go about this.


04-05-08, 05:32 PM

04-05-08, 05:40 PM

Au contrair; both gold and silver crossed their 25% re-tracement levels from the dips, so I went all in. (nana2)

04-05-08, 05:52 PM
I would ditch the lot personally.
What do you want to use the pc for and how much do you want to spend.

04-05-08, 06:10 PM
I was hoping to just pick a graphics card that would run Oblivion and a few of the newer titles reasonably well, but if I must ditch the whole thing altogether, I'm not sure there would be enough to spend, as I'm also looking at getting an automobile this fall. Therefore, if possible, I'd like to know if putting a new gfx on the thing would work.

Barring that, I want something that can play Oblivion, UT3, and a few others well and without lag, and would like to keep it under $1'500, and don't want anything particularly cutting-edge on account that they tend to have worse performance-cost ratios.

04-05-08, 06:22 PM
Im not 100% you wouldnt be able to get by with just adding another 7900gt for sli, That might do the trick,And proabably changing the psu

04-05-08, 06:45 PM
The PSU is something like 600 watts, what wattage would you advise?

Also, I remember reading that the 7900GT, if dual-SLI'd, each would only transmit data half as fast, so the effect would just be changing '256mb' to '512mb'. I couldn't find much on it; is there a way to confirm or deny this?

04-05-08, 06:54 PM
sli wont double the memory only the gpu's.

exactly what power supply is it, Quality is more important than listed wattage, also psu's tend to wear out over time.

The core components of a decent rig are an Intel core2 e8400 (or Q6600) and 8800gts 512mb ,Both very good value and performance.

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Its all good stuff so you can use it for a guide if something is out of budget (like the QX9650) then replace with something cheaper.

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04-05-08, 07:38 PM
I took a look; Antec 500W output.

Also, what do you think of the 8800 GTX versus the 9600 GT?

04-05-08, 07:44 PM

The 9600 GT is a very good card for the money and scales well in sli.

04-05-08, 08:50 PM
that or the 8800gt

04-06-08, 03:34 PM
Would 2 7900GTXs work in lieu of 2 7900GTs? It may cost about $50-100 more, is it worth it?

Also, I did some over-clocking and the 3Dmark06 score is in the 4'900s. Where should it be to play UT3 and Oblivion without lag or the game looking blurry?

04-08-08, 01:18 PM
Ok towards the end of April there's supposedly gonna be some price cuts by Intel. There are great deals out now on 8800 G92 video cards, ddr 2 memory and some good motherboards for $150 or less. If you don't go sli your current PSU the 600w one should be fine if it's a decent brand, the case who knows if you're tired of it or not but if it were me I'd try this.

Intel core 2 duo e8400 3.0ghz 6mb $210.00
asus p5n-d nforce 750i sli $150.00
corsair xms2 2gb pc2-6400 cas 4 $70.00
8800gts 512mb $210.00-$280.00

that setup should allow you to play almost every game well and have it look cool while doing so. It keeps your investment down but still able to upgrade it some. You could do more like water cooling or new case or psu. water cooling (both cpu and video card) will normally improve performance and make the system quieter. If it's a first time and you do want to go that way I'd suggest this

Thermatake Armor LCS full tower with water cooling built in
OCZ 600-700w GameXstream psu
8800 g92 full cover water block

Check it out those components sought out from the right vendors should come in under your budget including a new windows XP license then you can keep the other to sell or use as a second for whatever, htpc, in a second bedroom, in the kitchen or for her? If you do this, don't be a guy, read the directions, and read them first :)