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Skemo
06-17-05, 09:56 AM
Hey All,

With the advent of BF2 and some very awesome games on the horizon (Age of Empires III mmmm). It's come to the point where I'm seriously considering jacking up my system, replacing my aged 5900 XT with something new. Right now I'm looking at the X800XL (PCI-X) or the 6800 GT. With all I'm hearing about the new 7800 series coming out, I need some advice. I'm looking to buy the new card in 3 weeks, and I don't want to get shafted by buying either the X800XL or 6800 GT and have the 7800 come out like a week later. I suppose I'm asking when can we realistically see the new 7800 cards in stores (ballpark of course)? I've been trying to find out, but have come up empty. Enlight me :D

Thanks!

-Joe

DSC
06-17-05, 10:25 AM
Definitely wait and see first. The Geforce 7800 series launch is on June 21st, NDA lifts on the morning on June 22nd. it's just a few more days...... ;)

Redshirt #24
06-17-05, 10:36 AM
Ditto. At the very least, the new stuff will drive the prices on the current stuff down when it hits the shelves.

In response to your original question, Skemo, it's relatively safe to say (unless some sort of supply issue crops up) that the 7800s will start showing up in mid-to-late July. Three weeks from now is the beginning of July, so I'd hold off at least until the first wave hits a couple of weeks later and everybody's scrambling to upgrade. (Disclaimer: this is from a guy who just upgraded from an X800 Pro to a 6800 Ultra.)

Skemo
06-17-05, 10:42 AM
Cool, thanks a lot for the advice. The 7800 looks beastly, and it looks like it'll be out way before the R520, though that looks sexy as well :D

TeaEtchSee
06-17-05, 10:46 AM
7800 wont have nothing on R520 :afro: if so wait for that..

i would like to say buy the x800xl, but SM3 is finaly taking a factor in games. so go for a 6800gt

zoomy942
06-17-05, 12:10 PM
well, how much money do you want to spend? and remember, that whether you get a 6800, or x800xl, or one of the new cards.. you are going to see a difference when you play games.

one the one hand, you can wait to see of the market naturally lowers the price of the current generation once the new stuff comes out.. but also, people will be selling their 6800's and x800's for cheap cause they are going to be scrambling for the newer ones.

in my opinion, going from an FX line to the 6800/x800xl is more worth it cause you pay less, and it is a REVOLUTIONARY design change.. the new stuff coming out is EVOLUTIONARY. so, thats not to say it is bad at all, it wont be, but you will see a larger jump in performance going from 5900 to 6800/x800xl than you would with a 6800/x800xl to a 7800.

just my 2 cents :)

J-Mag
06-17-05, 01:01 PM
In response to your original question, Skemo, it's relatively safe to say (unless some sort of supply issue crops up) that the 7800s will start showing up in mid-to-late July. Three weeks from now is the beginning of July, so I'd hold off at least until the first wave hits a couple of weeks later and everybody's scrambling to upgrade. (Disclaimer: this is from a guy who just upgraded from an X800 Pro to a 6800 Ultra.)

I think you will be able to grab the 7800 series Early July and possibly even the Last week of june with specific e-tailers. However, they will be in highly constrained supply and you will have to watch the web like a freaking hawk to get one. Plus they will cost you about $100-200 over MSRP, but if you keep your eye out there a certain distributors which are obligated through contractual relations to sell at MSRP.

I remember im December I spent a good portion of my workday scanning websites trying to find a two 6800GTs in PCI-E.

It can be done it's just that you relegate yourself to the equivalent of the starwars fanatic who camps out for 3 weeks before the freaking movie even opens.

anzak
06-17-05, 01:19 PM
At least wait till NDA breaks in like 5 days. Since your still running an Athlon XP a 7800GTX might be overkill. If you are willing to spend $400 on a graphics card, wait until the 7800GT is released. If not, pick up a 6800GT for $300.

rohit
06-17-05, 01:38 PM
Wait till r520 is out.

Kamel
06-17-05, 01:42 PM
yea, this question is pretty obvious. wait until about 1 or 2 months after the new card has come out (or even immediately), you will get a killer deal on a 6800gt because everyone will be trying to sell theirs all at once, so the supply will go way up and the demand will stay roughly the same (actually, go down a bit since people will be lusting after the new 7800 instead of the 6800 lol).

watever
06-17-05, 01:53 PM
hmm can u even get the 7800 since i think u have an agp board? i think ur best bet is to get the 6800 gt or even the ultra, but like the others have said, wait for the new cards to come out to bring the current cards down in price.

Kamel
06-17-05, 02:04 PM
the 7800 is going to be available for an agp version very very soon. why do you think nvidia spent the money comming up with the pci-express to agp bridge? (used in 6600gt cards) i don't need an nda to expire to figure that out on my own.

Skemo
06-17-05, 02:11 PM
I guess I should have said, that I'm going to be doing a processor/mobo upgrade as well. Going to get an A64 3200+ and an Asus nForce4 board. I'd be willing to wait to see how it plays out, the R520 looks pretty crazy, but that probably won't be in stores till the end of the summer/beginning of Fall, and I don't know if I can wait that long :D

watever
06-17-05, 02:30 PM
heh. i figured the 7800 will go agp eventually, just didnt know if he wants to wait that long. i guess it doesnt matter since hes upgrading the mobo too. Id say get the 7800! or if u can wait (for a long time tho), wait for the R520 and see how that stacks up. otherwise the 7800 is ur best bet, if u can afford it.

vX
06-17-05, 02:55 PM
you've waited this long - what's two more months. See what r520 has in store and then make a decision between the two. If you get a 6800 Ultra now, you'll kick yourself in 2 months when you see r520's and g70's with more performance at the same price you just paid.