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I have a A8N SLI Deluxe mobo, with GeForce 6800GT, AMD 3500+ 2.2ghz and 1g ram. This is the best-working comp I've ever had. Buddy built it for me.

But it only scores 2112 on 3DMark06....................

I'm wanting more performance on the vid card, plus I'm thinking of grabbing a huge monitor, maybe the 30" Dell 3007.

Will I be happy if I just install a new, top-of-the-line vid card? Or do I need to update the whole system?

thanks for any and all opinions.
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You have still a capable rig. What really would help you to improve 3DMark06 is a dual core CPU. Although not many games use dual core yet, it is beneficial if you do a lot of multitasking and so on. The X2 3800+ costs around $150, and is a good upgrade next to the video card. Not sure what your budget is, but I don't think you'll need a completely new system.

Grab a new video card and a dual core CPU. Wait until RAM prices cool down a bit, and get a 2GB kit (2x1GB) of good RAM.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Chozart
You have still a capable rig. What really would help you to improve 3DMark06 is a dual core CPU. Although not many games use dual core yet, it is beneficial if you do a lot of multitasking and so on. The X2 3800+ costs around $150, and is a good upgrade next to the video card. Not sure what your budget is, but I don't think you'll need a completely new system.

Grab a new video card and a dual core CPU. Wait until RAM prices cool down a bit, and get a 2GB kit (2x1GB) of good RAM.
Spot on advice..cant better it here
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Thanks for speedy and informative reply. Battlefield2 is the only game I really play, but I know that can stress a vid card pretty good. Would BF2 benefit from the dual core CPU?

Is this the CPU? It seems very reasonably priced. Is there a faster one for a few more bucks? - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...31&CMP=OTC-RSS

Money is not a big concern for the vid card, but of course, I'd like to get a good bang for the buck. I guess I'd expect to spend $300 to $500. I'd like to get something that I can just pop in and then crank up the graphics settings in BF2. Buying a vid card seems extremely confusing. I mean, you see a 7900 series card, but there seem to be endless manufacturers and variations, X, XX XTX, XXX, ***, etc, etc, heheh

If you had my system, which card would you buy?

Again, many thanks

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I would probably just go with a 7900gt, that should run BF2 fine, and if you really wanted you could add a 2nd one and sli them.
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Originally Posted by Dman
I would probably just go with a 7900gt, that should run BF2 fine, and if you really wanted you could add a 2nd one and sli them.
It will run perfect w/ 7900GT.. i run 1600x1200 4xAA alll highest settings.. on a 7800GT, And i have no problems. It doesn't "Lag"..

imo no need to go SLi
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Originally Posted by Chevy-SS
Thanks for speedy and informative reply. Battlefield2 is the only game I really play, but I know that can stress a vid card pretty good. Would BF2 benefit from the dual core CPU?

Is this the CPU? It seems very reasonably priced. Is there a faster one for a few more bucks? - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...31&CMP=OTC-RSS

Money is not a big concern for the vid card, but of course, I'd like to get a good bang for the buck. I guess I'd expect to spend $300 to $500. I'd like to get something that I can just pop in and then crank up the graphics settings in BF2. Buying a vid card seems extremely confusing. I mean, you see a 7900 series card, but there seem to be endless manufacturers and variations, X, XX XTX, XXX, ***, etc, etc, heheh

If you had my system, which card would you buy?

Again, many thanks

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It would improve, but what bf2 really loves is 2gbs of ram. It helps so much and it will greatly improve your bf2 experience
    
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If it's FB2 only, then I guess your CPU should do fine. The one yuo linked is the single core 3800+. This is the Dual Core: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103562

I'd get in order:

- Video card
- RAM (I hope those prices come back down soon...)
- CPU (Dual core is still nice, although it won't help BF2 too much)

btw.. do NOT add two sticks to your existing RAM.. AMD systems don't like 4 sticks. Get a 2x1GB kit like this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820220084. DDR500 RAM will give you the headroom you'll need for overclocking. (too bad the G.Skill HZ's are out of production). A bit cheaper is this DDR400 RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231047
    
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post #9 of 19
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Woohoo, you guys are terrific, and fast!

Vid card will be my first purchase then...............


EDIT - Man, I just searched for 7900GT and found seemingly limitless manufacturers and variations. Which one would be a good choice?

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post #10 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chozart
If it's FB2 only, then I guess your CPU should do fine. The one yuo linked is the single core 3800+. This is the Dual Core: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103562

I'd get in order:

- Video card
- RAM (I hope those prices come back down soon...)
- CPU (Dual core is still nice, although it won't help BF2 too much)

btw.. do NOT add two sticks to your existing RAM.. AMD systems don't like 4 sticks. Get a 2x1GB kit like this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820220084. DDR500 RAM will give you the headroom you'll need for overclocking. (too bad the G.Skill HZ's are out of production). A bit cheaper is this DDR400 RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231047
I would say
- RAM (2x1GB kit)
- Video card
- CPU

I play bf2 with a x800gt (aren't they similar?) and I can run everything maxed pretty much.
    
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