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Znudar
06-08-05, 06:07 PM
So I want to upgrade from my GeForceFX 5600, but I'm conflicted as to whether I shoud get a 6800GT or wait for the g70. I am seriously itching to upgrade now since I've been putting up with under 20 fps for far too long now. My system is also getting a little old now (almost 3 years since I built it) so an SLI rig is looking very good, but a little out of my price range.
So should I:
1. Upgrade GPU now
(instant gratification :D )
2. Wait for g70 and/or price dropped 6800GT
(put up with crap fps for time being :mad: )
3. Save up more money for an SLI rig
(put up with crap fps for a long time :cry: )

Also, will a 6800GT be bottlenecked by my current rig?
(specs in sig)

Dr@Home
06-08-05, 06:34 PM
the difference you will see is huge, just like i did going form a gf4ti 4600 to 6800gt.

thing is though, my brother's A64 + 9800pro bests my rig by a good margin, until i turn AA and AF on/up the rez. i'm very CPU bound in some games like UT2004 & Halo PC.

If i were you, i'd wait and get a new rig. i wish i did...i can't just simpily toss in a better processor and get rid of this bottleneck.. :(

anzak
06-08-05, 07:37 PM
Based on your processor and memory, I'd get the 6800GT and call it a day. Most games at GPU bound anyways. The performance diffrence is just... masive. Plus, the 6800GT is a little future proof since it supports SM3.0 and FP16 blending (which is used for HDR).

KickAssCop
06-09-05, 12:29 AM
BIG

-=DVS=-
06-09-05, 12:53 AM
Actually difference woun't be major becouse your CPU is seriously underpowered. You should get Amd 64 something over 3500+ and save cash for next gen Video. Offcourse fx5600 is so bad that either way you will have bottleneck situation. Need full system upgrade. Games like Doom 3 and HalfLife 2 need lotsa CPU power , just check out benchmarks. Even at 800x600 and with Ultra , CPU can make 100+ % difference. also score from different cards (http://graphics.tomshardware.com/graphic/20040809/)
http://img197.echo.cx/img197/3278/34524lz.png

anzak
06-09-05, 01:32 AM
Actually difference woun't be major becouse your CPU is seriously underpowered.

Yes it would. No one with a high end card plays at 800x600, take that up to 1280x960 and the gap would be MUCH smaller. Sure he would be CPU limited, but he would still be able to play games at a high resolution with AA and AF. I saw a huge difference going from a Radeon 9600XT to a Geforce 6800GT on my "old" Athlon XP 3000+. Take a look at Far Cry with SM2.0 forced for a moment.

http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/attachment.php?attachmentid=11988&stc=1

Thats over a 1000% improvement. :D

SH64
06-09-05, 01:35 AM
BIG

Yep!

since you are not a PCI-E owner .. it might be better for you to get a 6800GT for cheap.
waiting for the 7800 might have its advantages , but still it might be pricey for your budget.

Znudar
06-09-05, 02:35 AM
OK I'm convinced! I just ordered a eVGA 6800GT. I'll build a new rig this winter and either transplant the GT or sell it and get pci-e. Thanks for the advice!

anzak
06-09-05, 03:38 AM
Enjoy your awesome new card. :D

I just wish that mine was a little more... functional...

http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/attachment.php?attachmentid=11991&stc=1

;)

rewt
06-09-05, 04:26 AM
BFG 6800 OC is probably a better deal.

j0j081
06-09-05, 11:31 AM
Enjoy your awesome new card. :D

I just wish that mine was a little more... functional...

http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/attachment.php?attachmentid=11991&stc=1

;)
LMFAO!!!

PikachuMan
06-09-05, 11:48 AM
Actually difference woun't be major becouse your CPU is seriously underpowered. You should get Amd 64 something over 3500+ and save cash for next gen Video. Offcourse fx5600 is so bad that either way you will have bottleneck situation. Need full system upgrade. Games like Doom 3 and HalfLife 2 need lotsa CPU power , just check out benchmarks. Even at 800x600 and with Ultra , CPU can make 100+ % difference. also score from different cards (http://graphics.tomshardware.com/graphic/20040809/) [/IMG]

Not really, the thing about CPU limitation, your going to get pretty much the same framerate at 800x600 with no AA/AF, as you would at 1600x1200 with 4xAA/16xAF, since the video card can handle all that extra effects.
You do bring up a good point though, with the new video cards supposedly being announced later this month, it would be better to wait.

$n][pErMan
06-09-05, 04:20 PM
GO FOR IT!!!! 6800GT owns .. you will love it man!! :D

Toss3
06-09-05, 04:27 PM
Yeah, I'd say go for it! You can always overclock your CPU a little bit and your RAM :) I myself went from a 9800pro to a 6800gt and the performance increase was still stunning! it would have been even greater if I would have had a better cpu, but if you'll get the money and if you can stand waiting, then I'd definatly recommend waiting :) a powerful cpu+a powerful gpu(+ram and all of that other stuff..) = yummyummie! :cool:

Kamel
06-09-05, 04:33 PM
Enjoy your awesome new card. :D

I just wish that mine was a little more... functional...

http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/attachment.php?attachmentid=11991&stc=1

;)

not a bad idea, i've got a broken nvidia card (actually 2, leave me alone :() that i should do that with, lol.

Acid Rain
06-09-05, 04:47 PM
Actually difference woun't be major becouse your CPU is seriously underpowered. That is not at all the case for me. I run at 1280x1024 in everything, with either 2 or 4x AA and aniso at 8 or 16x. Coming up from a 9800Pro, at these settings, I have doubled my performance in nearly all games I play. Doubled. So, from a 5600, were talking quadrupled.

I haven't yet moved to a beefier CPU because, honestly, simply adding a 6800GT has kept this otherwise weeny-ish PC right in the game. Also, I am waiting for a little longer as the dual core CPUs/SLI/Ram technologies settle in properly.