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Brojo
10-03-05, 11:26 PM
i have a Geforce 5700 256 MB, i want to upgrade to a 6800, but i don't want to spend a ton of money. Could someone please tell me if a 128 MB 6800 would out perform a 256 MB 5700? They seem to be about $100 less. <they being the 128 mb vs the 256 mb version of the 6800>

saturnotaku
10-03-05, 11:27 PM
Could someone please tell me if a 128 MB 6800 would out perform a 256 MB 5700? They seem to be about $100 less.

The 6800 beats any GeForce FX (which the 5700 is) like a red-headed stepchild.

Brojo
10-03-05, 11:35 PM
thanx much.. any data behind that statement... willing to take your word for it, but i was hoping for some tech based facts.... i am assuming it is just and all around faster card?

mx125race
10-03-05, 11:36 PM
yes it would. its not so much memory with those higher-end cards such as the 6800 you were looking at. i'm not sure where you live, but check out www.tigerdirect.com and www.newegg.com for great deals. are you pretty familiar with companies and computers etc. Nvidia obviously makes these cards, but there's a manufacturer. So look at some well-known brands such as eVGA, Leadtek, BFG, PNY, MSI etc. when ur choosing ur card. also make sure u have a decent power supply with probably sumthin around 400w, they cost around $40-80 depending on what ya get. Those 6800's will run fine with 128mb RAM that they equip(not sure what word to use) because of their clock speeds. I, myself, used to have a 128mb 5200 FX, and recently upgraded to 6600 256mb by PNY and im extremely satisifed with it. I boguht mine at best buy for 200 bucks, its now in the $170's. But, you'd probably get more performance out of a 6800 128mb which would cost you more money. So, if you rather spend $50 bucks less for still a great card, go with 6600 256mb. I'm jsut one person, wait til other people post. also, i recommend 1 gig of RAM for you system to get good performance out of ur graphics card

oh, and good luck with your choice! :)

saturnotaku
10-03-05, 11:42 PM
thanx much.. any data behind that statement... willing to take your word for it, but i was hoping for some tech based facts.... i am assuming it is just and all around faster card?

(google)

If the $100 price difference is too much to swallow, you can always get a 128 MB GeForce 6600 GT. Those can be had for about $150-160 in AGP format, and they offer performance that's better than the Radeon 9800 Pro (which was faster than the FX 5700).

Brojo
10-03-05, 11:44 PM
thank you, i do have 1gb of ram. my 5700 is a Chaintech and i have not had any problems with it, i am afraid my power supply is only 350, is there a danger in running that.. swapping out power supplies is such a pain in the ass. crashes i can deal with, frying my mb, not so much.
i bought a sony vaio about 4years ago with an AMD 2400, i believe my mb has 266 bus, and i bought an extra 512 memory, plus a 5700, just bought Dragonshard and played F.E.A.R. demo and i am afraid my system has seen the end of running cutting edge games at their intended resolution... i knew this day would come eventually. just trying to eek out as much oomph as i can...

mx125race
10-03-05, 11:57 PM
well, i know that you will get by with 350w on a 6600. In my opinion, i do not recommend the 6600gt becuz of so many frying and overheating problems. what kind of psu do you have, do u know? Just go with the 6600 256mb if a new PSU is not an option(yeah it is knida a pain). Make sure you dust out ur computer once a month or at least once every other month sicne ur computer is pretty old. If you make some extra cash, buy a new processor. The 3000+ aren't too pricey. I'm not recommending any of this just so u can become some hardcore gamer nerd, I'm just recommending that stuff so your computer can get some longer life out of it. Other then that, ur in good shape. About ur PSU, u may want to get just one extra cooling fan and stick sumwhere in ur computer if u got an extra mobo connector or psu connector.

good luck again :)

Brojo
10-04-05, 12:02 AM
hmmm, replace my cpu? hadn't thought of that one, duh. i'll have to pursue that... thanks for all the advice.

good night.

mx125race
10-04-05, 12:04 AM
ni-night :)

john19055
10-04-05, 12:10 AM
Any 6800 is going to be a lot faster then the 5700 even if you get the one with only 128mb of ram,I seen the plain 6800 128mb for $164 and even a 6600gt would be faster then what you have,but if you get a 6800 then I would recomend upgradeing your power supply.

Peoples-Agent
10-04-05, 12:12 AM
I think the 6800s are quite beasty when it comes to power consumption. Definately look at doing that first (replacing PSU), and if it ends up taking you over Xmas your find the 7800GT will be dropping in price if your on a PCI-Express platform.

thecrazykevy
10-04-05, 03:53 AM
If you unlock the both pipelines on the 6800 + overclock you can get very good performance out of it. It's still not as fast as the stock 6800 gt but the performance isn't that far behind. I recommend the Leadtek 6800 I own one and also heard from most others that the pipelines unlock with no problem and they still overclock pretty afterwards. I have both pipelines unlocked on mine and the card overclocked to 375/875 from 325/700.

Peoples-Agent
10-04-05, 04:06 AM
Yeah, I first had the 6800 standard, and I screwed mine up unlocking pipelines, so now they have been out awhile you can do some research as to which brands are comfortable with the pipeline unlocking.

j0j081
10-04-05, 04:46 AM
although i hate thg that graph is a good one in this case.