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Old 01-05-09, 02:45 AM   #4
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Default Re: Is my 6800 GT dead?

Yeah, definitely time for an upgrade.

Its a great time for it too. You can get some killer hardware for half of what you would have spent on high end hardware a few years ago.

I just helped my brother upgrade his system to a Q9400, a very nice Gigabyte P45 board and 4Gb of DDR2-1000. He used a special deal on ebay to get the CPU for around $170, the ram was around $40 and the motherboard was around $115. Using his "old" Thermalright XP-120C we cranked his CPU up to 3.66Ghz (1Ghz overclock) and its barely breaking a sweat. Its a hell of a system for the money. That upgrade probably cost him less than half of what a new i7 system would have cost and in most gaming situations it probably doesn't perform much differently.
---- Primary Rig ---- CoolerMaster 690 II Advance - Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P - Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 @ 4.0Ghz + Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme
6GB DDR2 @ 942Mhz 5-5-5-20 1.9v (2x1Gb Wintec AMPX PC2-8500 & 2x2Gb G.Skill PC2-6400) - EVGA Geforce GTX 470 @ 750/1500/1850 (1.050v)
Sparkle Geforce GTS 250 1Gb Low-Profile (Physx) - Crucial RealSSD C300 64Gb SSD - Seagate 7200.12 500Gb SATA - Seagate 7200.10 320Gb SATA
ASUS VW266H 25.5" LCD - OCZ GameXStream 700W PSU - ASUS Xonar DX - Logitech Z-5500 5.1 Surround - Windows 7 Professional x64
---- HTPC ---- Asus M3A78-EM 780G - AMD Athlon X2 5050e 45W @ 2.6Ghz - 2x2GB Kingston PC2-6400 DDR2 - Sparkle 350W PSU
Seagate 7200.10 320Gb SATA - Seagate 7200.10 250Gb SATA - Athenatech A100BB.350 MicroATX Desktop - Creative X-Fi XtremeMusic
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