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Will a 7300GT really beat a 6600GT AGP?

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I'm stuck at that time of trying to merge to PCI express, and the combined cost of having to upgrade everything at once is too high.
So my Q is, the 7300GT is certainly nice and cheap, but will it be able to edge out my 6600GT? I've seen some say that the 7300GT can beat it, but I'm very skeptical. Besides, does the 7300GT overclock very well? I'd think not due to the DDR2. I've already oc'd the 6600GT to 560/1180 from 500/900 on the crummy stock cooler.

Otherwise, I'm looking at a 7600GS, but $125+ is a little too expensive right now when added to a CPU,mobo, and good ram.
    
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The GDDR3 version most definitely will beat the 6600GT, however this may not be the case with the GDDR2 version. They are very close in performance.

7300GT GDDR3 is the only one I can find on Newegg

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Why not get a pci graphics card for a stepping stone, and save you some money? and then save up for a replacement?
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Thanx. It would be nice to find a 256M version, but it's exactly what i have in mind.


You don't mean a regular PCI card do you? How can that be any good?
    
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The Palit 7300GT with DDR3 is a nice overclocker also, not on the core... but the memory can go up like 300mhz (600mhz effective). And even at stock it beats a 7600GS.
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i would go with the 7300 gt big increase.
    
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What is your total budget for CPU/Mobo/RAM/Video?
    
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Basically as low as possible and still be something good... like say > $400. I know that's low, but between school and my new car, extra cash won't be available for awhile. I'm just trying to strategize early, so I know what to watch. The biggie is that everything I got now is useless for an upgrade, so i've got to do it all at once.
    
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I sincerely think that first of all, you buy a good motherboard that you know will last for long and supports the actual processors up to conroe if possible, so you won't be laid out. Then of course, your first investment will be the graphic card after, keep in mind a graphic card is like having another processor, so it's definitly making a change moving from a 6xxx to 7xxx series. But my best advice is too wait another 2-3 months until vista comes out so you will really know what hardware to buy.
    
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where are people getting that the 7300GT is faster then the 6600GT???
I was just looking at some benchmarks comparing the too, and it looks like for the most part the 6600GT is quicker...Take a look
http://www23.tomshardware.com/graphi...=540&chart=224


EDIT: Oh wait theyre comparing the GDDR2 version of the 7300GT, Nevermind!
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