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WESTSIDE
04-08-08, 12:50 PM
hi all

yesterday my 14 year old sons 7600 died on him an im looking to purchuse a new graphgics card for his old warhorse , his sytem specs are

fx-55 @3.2
k8n diamond plus
big typoon cpu cooler
4gb kingston hyperx
650w silverstone psu
22" lcd


im looking for a bang for buck option an im pretty convinced a 8800gt will do the job the price is almost a bargin here in australia for them atm thanks to the waivering american dollar

at the end of the year ill be upgrading the cpu for him to a quad core most likely a Q6600 when the price drop hits australia in Q4

would a 8800gt be able to run properly on that old a rig ? i understand there will be bottlenecking on crysis an most dx10 games but im looking for a card that will still be middle range when i upgrade the cpu at the end of the year

almost every review ive read pretty much says how good the 8800gt is an to go grab one asap as a bang for buck option so with that in mind should i purchuse one as a stop gap an upgrade or should i buy a dirt cheap card an upgrade to a better graphics card when i upgrade the cpu

sorta in 2 minds hope someone can nudge me in the right direction
cheers
WESTSIDE

*edit* only looking at 512mb versions of the 8800gt

jcrox
04-08-08, 12:54 PM
The 8800GT is an excellent option and when you upgrade his CPU, if you get an SLI board you can always add a 2nd card to increase performance and extend the longevity of the computer for fairly cheap.

K007
04-08-08, 03:47 PM
Try to look for a aftermarket cooler. These cards come with a really **** gpu cooler. You will have heating problems if you try to play on stock on games like cod4/crysis..or anything really..

XDanger
04-08-08, 03:59 PM
if the g92 GTS is only a few bucks more go for that.

fasedww
04-08-08, 04:28 PM
Try to look for a aftermarket cooler. These cards come with a really **** gpu cooler. You will have heating problems if you try to play on stock on games like cod4/crysis..or anything really..
I've got a pair of msi gt's that have a zalman type cooler on them run pretty cool, also use ntune to turn up the fan speed, no problem with ntune even if you have a stock standard cooler as long as you use ntune and turn your fan speed to 100%.:D

Blacklash
04-08-08, 06:09 PM
8800GT 512Mb dual slot cooler and 660|1900 out of the box-

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127329&Tpk=MSI%2b8800GT

179usd with rebate.

fasedww
04-08-08, 06:27 PM
8800GT 512Mb dual slot cooler and 660|1900 out of the box-

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127329&Tpk=MSI%2b8800GT

179usd with rebate.
Yep those are the ones I got, got a e8400 at 3.94ghz. with two of these in sli, xp64 get a good score of 18,296 in 3dmark 06, they never get higher than 55c playing games, even overclocked a little. these babys rock'.:D