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JamesDax
02-02-06, 07:02 PM
Ok, here's the deal. I'm ready to upgrade and I'm not really sure which way to go. Now I know that I've been asking these questions for awhile but it's because I'm really trying to get a feel for the best course of action so please bear with me.

Ok, my current system is in my sig. Now let say I have $300 dollars to spend. I could spend that money on one of these new 7800GS cards and sell my 6200 for enough to get a new psu which I would probably need anyway. Or I could take that $300 bucks hold it and sell my 6200 and old mb/cpu and maybe raise another $100 bucks or so.(I really have no idea how much I'd get for this stuff I'm just throwing a number out there). So now I have $400 and can get this:

BioStar K8M800
eVGA 6800XT
G.Skill 1x1Gb DDR400
Athlon64 3000+

which comes in at about $390 shipped.

So, the question is which upgrade will give me the best performance today. Forget about future upgrades because the next time I upgrade it will be a complete system rebuild either way. So, tell me what you think. Be brutal, be honest. Is a A64 3000+/6800XT going to be faster then a Athlon 2600+/7800GS??

nV`andrew
02-02-06, 07:59 PM
probably because a 7800gs will be really bottlenecked by that cpu and probably not worth it in that situation

OWA
02-02-06, 09:29 PM
Impressive, only one person "more learned then" you. :p

JamesDax
02-02-06, 09:40 PM
Impressive, only one person "more learned then" you. :p

:D LOL!!

Q
02-02-06, 11:17 PM
probably because a 7800gs will be really bottlenecked by that cpu and probably not worth it in that situation

I think that the two options balance out in the gaming environment. CPU speed is going to make a sizable difference, but not nearly as big as the jump would be between video cards.

That being said, I would still pick the A64 solution. Even though gaming is going to be about even, system performance is going to be MUCH better with the A64. You would kick yourself otherwise.

Even though you said you weren't worried about upgrading, I would get the Asrock Dual 939 board instead of the one listed. This way you are set with AGP for now and can upgrade all the way up to the newest PCI-E when its available and an 4800 x2. Or just one or the other.

Just a thought.

1337_Like_ThaT
02-02-06, 11:31 PM
7800gs all the way :)