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Bearclaw
04-06-06, 12:10 PM
I just bought a AMD Athlong 3200+ and I also got 2 gigs of ram for it. Will that be good enough to run games like sims and flight simulator or should I have gone for a better processor. From what I have read, this processor is good and is good for gaming and I assume the 2 gigs of ram will only make it better. Also, when i want to upgrade the procesor, is it as easy as just taking one out and popping in the new one? Thanks guys

nV`andrew
04-06-06, 12:20 PM
If they are the same socket and same amount of cores (single or dual, in this case yours is single) then yes it is like popping one in and one out. That processor is plenty for those games and should handle them easily. Paired with 2 gigs of RAM, it should run real nice.

Riptide
04-06-06, 12:30 PM
When running in higher resolutions and w/AA enabled the GPU is far more important than the CPU.

Sazar
04-06-06, 12:49 PM
Which 3200+ is it?

Is it an athlon64 or an athlonXP ?

Bearclaw
04-06-06, 01:50 PM
It is the Athlon 64 3200+.

What kind of video card should I get that will work nicely? I have have a Geforce 6600 picked out. Will that work fine or should I upgrade that?

nV`andrew
04-06-06, 02:14 PM
the 6600gt is only 128mb and the 6600 does come in a 256mb version, but the 6600gt packs more pwoer and will last you longer because it won't become outdated as quick. they are not that much on www.newegg.com . But if you are a budget, the 6600 will still do you fine. I have one in a different system and it runs most games at med-high...So, to make it shorter, if you're gettin the 6600 shoot for the 256meg version, though the 6600gt 128mb is still a better performer

Superfly
04-06-06, 02:22 PM
It is the Athlon 64 3200+.

What kind of video card should I get that will work nicely? I have have a Geforce 6600 picked out. Will that work fine or should I upgrade that?

get a 7600GT rather than the old 6600GT. ;)

nV`andrew
04-06-06, 02:26 PM
ok ok...or that :P

ArturNOW
04-06-06, 03:44 PM
the 6600gt is only 128mb and the 6600 does come in a 256mb version, but the 6600gt packs more pwoer and will last you longer because it won't become outdated as quick. they are not that much on www.newegg.com . But if you are a budget, the 6600 will still do you fine. I have one in a different system and it runs most games at med-high...So, to make it shorter, if you're gettin the 6600 shoot for the 256meg version, though the 6600gt 128mb is still a better performer
GeForce 6600 DDR2 is almost as fast as GT version. But now when their GeForce 7600GS which is faster then 6600GT their's no point in buying the older one unless you don't have PCI Express bus.

Bearclaw
04-06-06, 05:23 PM
Would 2 GeForce 6600 (SLI) be better or work good with high graphics on games? The link http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=1766896&sku=P450-8564 has the one i want to get 2 of. And i can connect those 2 correct? That is what SLI means?

ArturNOW
04-06-06, 05:41 PM
Would 2 GeForce 6600 (SLI) be better or work good with high graphics on games? The link http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=1766896&sku=P450-8564 has the one i want to get 2 of. And i can connect those 2 correct? That is what SLI means?
Better buy one GeForce 7600GT. It would cost you less and would be faster. SLI means that two cards render the same scene which can improve performance up to 100% - but it's only theory. It all depends on the game you're playing, video card and mode. High-end cards are enough fast for even the latest games so you have to play in 1600x1200 with AA turned on to benefit from SLI mode - their's some exceptions. It's all because games become CPU bound with SLI or Crossfire. What's more you need motherboard based on nForce 4 SLI chipset.

grey_1
04-06-06, 05:43 PM
I didn't know they had a 512mb 6600! Yes, you are correct about sli. Just a personal opinion, find a good deal on a 78 or 7900gt and go single for now. Your performance may even beat the 512 6600's. Then later you can add a second card.
Curious, what kind of mobo are you using?

Nitz Walsh
04-06-06, 06:41 PM
7600GT, really. Blows away the 6600GT for only a few dollars more. Best price/performance ratio of all cards out there right now.

Just upgraded to an A64/7600GT from a XP2500/6600GT system myself. What a difference! I've barely left the apartment for the past few days. :)

Son Goku
04-06-06, 10:03 PM
Yeah, with an A64 and 2 GB of RAM, don't bother with the 6600 unless you own it already... A 6800 GT (which isn't that expensive anymore), or a 7600 would suite you much better, and pair much more nicely with your Athlon 64...

And yeah, with 2 GB of RAM, an Athlon 64 (even 3200+) and a 7600 or so, that would be more then enough for games like the Sims if I'm reading this correctly. You'd have enough computing power to begin thinking about games like Fear ;)