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Xophile
07-25-05, 01:53 AM
I'm thinking about purchasing a new Athlon 64 rig and currently run a 2,4ghz Pentium4 with a Radeon 9700. I don't play games as much as I used to do but want to "feel" the upgrade when I really do play some. I play HL2, Warcraft III and UT2004 mostly.

Will I make I mistake going from a 9700 (non-pro) to a 6600GT? Also, do you suggest me bying a 256mb card or a 128 (as far as I know, the extra 128mb comes useful mostly with AF/FSAA, or do I get it wrong?)

Thank you kindly!

/Matt

anzak
07-25-05, 02:38 AM
Well, yes. You would see a difference going from a 9700 to a 6600GT, but its not worth buying a whole new card.

I recommend you get a 6800. They only cost a little more than the 6600GT, but have 12 pipelines and a 256bit memory bus. You will really notice a difference with AA and AF. As for 256mb, its only really needed if you run games at max settings w/ AA and AF.

http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/attachment.php?attachmentid=12683&stc=1

Danhill
07-25-05, 03:23 AM
I think your ging to see a good improvement going from a 9700 np to a 6600 GT, I would say GO for it. And if you buy a SLI mobo then you could always add another one later down the road.

Xophile
07-25-05, 03:28 AM
I'm not thinking about buying a SLI-motherboard since I don't really like they way it works (compared to Crossfire).

Here in Sweden it seems that most 6800 cards are "LE" cards. If I want to buy a "real" 6800 I have to pay about twice the money compared to a 6600GT.

This is a pretty hard decision for me...

More input please!

Thanks!

Lemur.fi
07-25-05, 05:05 AM
If you are going to buy a PCI-E mother board, then a 6600GT would probably be the best choice.

With AGP I would also go with a 6800 card. The price difference is only about 30 (300SEK).

The price comparison sites for Sweden that I know:
http://buggy.no-ip.com/
http://se.pricerunner.com
http://www.torget.se
http://www.kelkoo.com

zoomy942
07-25-05, 06:30 AM
if you dont use aa or af, then the 6600gt will work great for you.

Xophile
07-25-05, 06:48 AM
I would love to use AF/FSAA in more of my games but I find it hard to decide what card to buy when it comes to price/performance.

I'm thinking about an x800XL but it's just too much money I'm afraid. I also want a good upgrade from my 9700 without spending too much money...

zoomy942
07-25-05, 07:57 AM
a 6600gt will probably be your best bet

angshuman
07-25-05, 09:07 AM
Here in Sweden it seems that most 6800 cards are "LE" cards. If I want to buy a "real" 6800 I have to pay about twice the money compared to a 6600GT.

In that case, 6600GT. There's no way a 6800 is worth that much. Stock for stock, the cards are comparable in terms of performance, but the 6800 (especially the AGP version) has slightly more headroom if you feel like unlocking pipes and overclocking it.

zoomy942
07-25-05, 11:09 AM
In that case, 6600GT. There's no way a 6800 is worth that much. Stock for stock, the cards are comparable in terms of performance, but the 6800 (especially the AGP version) has slightly more headroom if you feel like unlocking pipes and overclocking it.


very very true

NvGod
07-25-05, 12:14 PM
None of the games you play really benefit that much from going to a 6600GT. But you could have higher AA/AF hence better quality.

You could go for a nforce3 mobo like the k8n neo2 platinum and keep your 9700.

If you want to go the PCI-e route then the 6600GT is a great price/performance option.

For me PCI-e is not worth the upgrade unless you are going SLI.

simonuk
07-26-05, 10:02 AM
I'm thinking about purchasing a new Athlon 64 rig and currently run a 2,4ghz Pentium4 with a Radeon 9700. I don't play games as much as I used to do but want to "feel" the upgrade when I really do play some. I play HL2, Warcraft III and UT2004 mostly.

Will I make I mistake going from a 9700 (non-pro) to a 6600GT? Also, do you suggest me bying a 256mb card or a 128 (as far as I know, the extra 128mb comes useful mostly with AF/FSAA, or do I get it wrong?)

Thank you kindly!

/Matt

I have a Geforce 6600 GT and it's performance is excellent so I think a 6600 GT would be a great upgrade for you. It runs Half Life 2 and UT2004 so well that I have 4xaa and 16xaf enabled at 1280x1024 for even better image quality.

This review shows a Inno3D Geforce 6600 GT beating a 9700 Pro sometimes badly (high quality) which is faster than a regular 9700. The review also features a 5900 XT and a 9600 XT. :) (http://www.ultimatehardware.net/inno3d6600gt/inno3d6600gt.htm)

From the same website I found a review of the MSI 6600 GT (inc 5900 XT, R9700 Pro, R9600 XT and a Geforce4 Ti4200?) with lots of synthetic benchmarks and games like doom3, half life, quake3, scrapland, x2 the threat etc. (http://www.ultimatehardware.net/msi6600gt/msi6600gt.htm)

anzak
07-26-05, 10:40 AM
If you are buying a new CPU, mobo, and graphics card then go PCIe. It wouldn't cost any more than an AGP setup and would allow you to upgrade your graphics card in the future. Going from a P4 2.4Ghz and 9700 to any Athlon 64 and 256mb 6600GT would be a masive upgrade in performance. Half Life 2 loves 2 things, cpu power and memory and this setup would address those two issues. You will be able to "feel" an upgrade like this. :p

Danhill
07-26-05, 12:13 PM
If you are buying a new CPU, mobo, and graphics card then go PCIe. It wouldn't cost any more than an AGP setup and would allow you to upgrade your graphics card in the future. Going from a P4 2.4Ghz and 9700 to any Athlon 64 and 256mb 6600GT would be a masive upgrade in performance. Half Life 2 loves 2 things, cpu power and memory and this setup would address those two issues. You will be able to "feel" an upgrade like this. :p

Amen to that!!!