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As you can see from my specs below, my graphics cards are limiting my rig (can't see more ram being needed, and once I put my new fan in the cpu is getting some more overclocking), so I am thinking of selling them and upgrading, but I have two concerns:
I really want to spend about £115, but if it's worth it I can get £155 MAX, and shortly (ie around Christmas) I will be getting a large 20-odd inch monitor, which may make a difference

I was thinking of a 7600GT - but I don't know which one to get (brand), does one oc "better" or have a better fan, or am I better off with the cheapest?

Could I get a 7800GT(/X) for that price? Would I be safe with an eBay card that's 2nd hand?

As I have an SLi mobo should I get 2 6800GT's? Or would that be to expensive(/slow)

Can anyone help?
post #2 of 18
If you can get a 7800GTX I would definately recommend that as it is by far the most powerful card you mentioned. If you get it on Ebay just make sure the seller has a high rating and read all of their feedback in order to make sure that they are realiable.
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http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/NEW-XFX-GEFORC...QQcmdZViewItem

That 7900GS performs better than a 7800GT and almost a 7800GTX, a great buy for the money.

Oh great what have I done.........another XFX to you and your dad's collection.
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post #4 of 18
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Quote:
Originally Posted by NuclearCrap
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/NEW-XFX-GEFORC...QQcmdZViewItem

That 7900GS performs better than a 7800GT and almost a 7800GTX, a great buy for the money.

Oh great what have I done.........another XFX to you and your dad's collection.
£160! oh well! http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/XFX-NVIDIA-660...QQcmdZViewItem -thats identical to my current card, and i'm going to see how much that sells for before selling mine

Can i SLi the 7900GS? ie later when it becomes slow i could just drop another one in Does it OC well? would i be better with something from ATi?
post #5 of 18
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now i just need to know how far to push my current cards...
post #6 of 18
The 6600GT is a decent OCer, you could try to push it a little to see how far can it go. I'm sure there are tons of FAQs about how to OC an nVidia card. You should spend some time reading them and see how it goes.
As far as the 115£ limit you mentioned I'd buy a 7600GT, preferably from eVGA or XFX (great customer policy).
Another option would be to get 2x 7600GS ( I'm gonna take the one from XFX linky here): better than 1x 7600GT, but when forced to upgrade it might be harder to sell 2 cards than one.
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post #7 of 18
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hmmm, may have to look into the 7600GS - but tis £80, which mean two is the price of a 7900GS without postage!
post #8 of 18
I would get this Evga 7900GS, its only £140.
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=465741
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post #9 of 18
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Tom Clancy
I would get this Evga 7900GS, its only £140.
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=465741
now THATS a good deal!
post #10 of 18
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wait - that 7900GS comes with a free steam download of HL2 - if that means it comes with CS:Source im sold!
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