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bagman
04-24-07, 01:20 AM
Hi there
I'm tossing around the idea of upgrading my video card to one of the 8800 series.
Based on my system specs, do you guys have any suggestions.
Should I wait and have a complete upgrade i.e. CPU. Memory etc or is the
current setup still ok to run an 8800 ??
I'm running XP Pro SP2

cheers

Videocard: BFG 7950GX2
Processor: Athlon FX-60
Mainboard: ASUS A8N SLI Premium
Memory: 2gb PC3200c DDR400
Soundcard: Audigy 2 Platinum /Logitech Z-680
PSU: Antec 550w

Single Player
04-24-07, 01:26 AM
Hi there
I'm tossing around the idea of upgrading my video card to one of the 8800 series.
Based on my system specs, do you guys have any suggestions.
Should I wait and have a complete upgrade i.e. CPU. Memory etc or is the
current setup still ok to run an 8800 ??
I'm running XP Pro SP2

cheers

Videocard: BFG 7950GX2
Processor: Athlon FX-60
Mainboard: ASUS A8N SLI Premium
Memory: 2gb PC3200c DDR400
Soundcard: Audigy 2 Platinum /Logitech Z-680
PSU: Antec 550w

sell it! and buy a new one :)

DRen72
04-24-07, 08:50 AM
The FX-60 is fine to run most every game at high resolution and mostly all eye candy turned up to max. I am still able to run practically everything at 1920x1200 at or near maxed settings on a single GTX. However, there are times in games such as Oblivion and Stalker that my frame rates will dip down to the low 20's (<10% of the time). Since you are thinking of a video card upgrade, hold off to see how the new ATi cards perform against the 8800's. Thats my 2 cents worth.

Saintster
04-24-07, 09:54 AM
Hi there
I'm tossing around the idea of upgrading my video card to one of the 8800 series.
Based on my system specs, do you guys have any suggestions.
Should I wait and have a complete upgrade i.e. CPU. Memory etc or is the
current setup still ok to run an 8800 ??
I'm running XP Pro SP2

cheers

Videocard: BFG 7950GX2
Processor: Athlon FX-60
Mainboard: ASUS A8N SLI Premium
Memory: 2gb PC3200c DDR400
Soundcard: Audigy 2 Platinum /Logitech Z-680
PSU: Antec 550w


It will run the 8800 fairly well. I run everything at max 1920x1200 but my feeling is that later on (I have the same dilemma,see sig) the system as a whole may become a little long in the tooth. I would rebuild the system,C2d are really cheap you could pick up something like the e6420 and then later this year in the 3rd quarter pick up a quad when they go sub 300.00. That's my recommendation to you it's also my plan for the next coming months. we are both riding the middle of the fence on this one. Also Like someone else just said it wouldn't be a bad idea to wait and see how Ati does with the r600.

HiCZoK4
04-24-07, 09:59 AM
do not change the pc !!! IT IS VERY GOOD you won't get much more fps in there . I think you should wait for dx10 games and benchs to come becouse no 8800 gts is only a bit (20/30%:D ) faster of your gx2

But if you really want to go for 8800 you will need 2 core cpu and 800 or 1000mhz memory.

I have e6300 oc to 2.45 and 2x1gb geil 800mhz ultra 44412 and scoring 14k in 3dmark 2005 and 8k in 2006 .
What are your scores ???

john19055
04-24-07, 10:47 AM
What monitor do you use ,if you just have a 19" to 22" or the 20.1' LCD that the maxed resolution is 1600x1200,then the 7959GX2 will do fine until you see what ATI has to offer.

Saintster
04-24-07, 11:08 AM
do not change the pc !!! IT IS VERY GOOD you won't get much more fps in there . I think you should wait for dx10 games and benchs to come becouse no 8800 gts is only a bit (20/30%:D ) faster of your gx2

But if you really want to go for 8800 you will need 2 core cpu and 800 or 1000mhz memory.

I have e6300 oc to 2.45 and 2x1gb geil 800mhz ultra 44412 and scoring 14k in 3dmark 2005 and 8k in 2006 .
What are your scores ???

he has a dual core cpu. If he's going to run ddr2 like you stated he needs he may as well change everything else.

Madpistol
04-24-07, 05:45 PM
FX-60 is dual core. You would see an improvement by moving up to an 8800 GTX. A Core 2 would make more of a difference, but that would require a lot of money, and it's just not worth it right now.

The FX-60 is a great processor. Keep it and upgrade. :D

bagman
04-24-07, 07:25 PM
Thanks for all your advice guys.

I think I'll sit on the fence a little longer and see how technology develops over the rest of the year and make a decision then.

But I think I'll go the complete upgrade route in anticipation of DX10 games coming in 2008 and beyond

cheers and thanks again for all your replies