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post #21 of 50
7900GT is at the higher end of the mid-range right now. The 7600GT I picked is true mid-range.

SLI is a dual graphic card solution from nVidia, but again, only worth it at high-resolution monitors. ATI's similar technology is Crossfire.

Top card right now is the (dual GPU) 7950GS2, followed by ATI's X1950XTX.

Again, what's your budget? Then we can give more targeted suggestions.
    
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You can pick up an E6300 (OEM) for £127~ Inc. VAT on www.overclockers.co.uk If you got the OEM, you would HAVE to buy a heatsink, or you could go for retail for a few £ extra which includes an Intel heatsink.
    
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Yah, it is...

I believe it is an Allendale... wow, I cannot spell that.... or maybe I can and just don't know it.
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post #24 of 50
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well it looks like im going to have to part with a fairly hefty load of cash always bad... I am saving for a gap year but hey i could just blow some of it now!?

I could spend something in the range of £350

Is Nvidia the daddies now of video cards? When i bought my 9800 pro, ATI ruled the market, and it set me back a good £120 or so, we've now got video cards to add to the complicated equation! Which one??? its always the question, a cheaper option and slightly dearer would be greatly appreciated, thanks so much!
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post #25 of 50
Well if you buy a Core 2 Duo computer now, you probably won't need to upgrade for another 4-5 years. C2D is excellent technology.
    
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post #26 of 50
Core 2 Duo Rig:
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Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 775, 1.86 GHz, 1066MHz FSB, Allendale Core, 2MB Cache, Retail £125.36 Inc VAT
Gigabyte GA 965P-S3 iP965, S775, PCI-E (x16), DDR2 533/667/800, SATA II, SATA RAID, ATX £86.69 Inc VAT
1Gb Corsair XMS2, DDR2 PC5400 (667), 240 Pin, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 4-4-4-12 £87.58 Inc VAT
256MB Palit 7600GT Sonic, PCI-E(x16), Mem 1500MHz, GPU 575MHz, 12Pipes, D-Sub/Dual Link DVI/HDTV SLI £89.02 Inc VAT

Total £388.65, which is as cheap as I can get it with still maintaining decent performance.

DDR2 667 RAM is enough, again since you don't plan to overclock too much.

This rig should keep you more than happy for a good while. 4-5 years is a long shot. Yes, it's excellent technology, but I have no idea what will be on the marked in 4-5 years. The landscape will be totally different. I think Intel is planning 32 core CPUs in 2010, and believe me, they will find uses for then

The only issue is that DX10 is looming at the horizon (a new DX version, which requires a DX10 capable video card. However, the first of those cards will come in November and cost a TON). I don't expect the real need for DX10 hardware for at least a year, and a X1950PRO should be more than enough during that year.
    
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post #27 of 50
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so do you think i should go for a mid - not so good graphics card so i can wait a year or so and get a dx10 one?

The price seems reasonable, thanks (again)

oh, just noticed, that mobo doesn't support crossfire or SLI...? Shouldn't i go for this?
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post #28 of 50
Yeah. Forget the X1950PRO I mentioned..sorry about that. I had that card included before I saw your budget limit. I then took the 7600GT I selected earlier in the AM2 rig.

Trust me. This rig will blow your old one away in graphics. The 7600GT is not *that* bad. It will play most new games at medium settings, and some even at high settings.

Well.. whether you want to go for SLI or Crossfire is up to you. Right now, you have 17" monitor, for which SLI or Crossfire is a total waste of money. As I stated, you need high resolutions for SLI/Crossfire to have a true impact. At lower resolutions it's merely a benchmark bragging rights thing. At least a 20" monitor with a resolution of 1600 x 1200 (normal screen) or 1680 x 1050 (widescreen) is recommended, and even then it's only in the most demanding games that it matters. Any high end single card will do fine in any games on a 1280 x 1024 resolution (thus 17" and 19" monitors). If you have extra money, I'd rather see you pick up extra RAM over an SLI/Crossfire board.
    
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post #29 of 50
My friends 7600GT can play FEAR with mostly high settings at a 30-40 framerate. He has a 3700+ and 1gb of value ram

Just wondering how my 7300GT that I should be getting will perform :/
    
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post #30 of 50
7300GT... depends. If you get the DDR3 version, it's not half bad, outperforming the 7600GS in many cases. If not, then it's not that fast...sorry

Oh, and to walker: you can always run a card like the 7950 GS2 (dual GPU on one card), if you want SLI-like performance. The top 3DMark06 score is a bit over 12K with a X6800 on phase and a single 7950 GS2 card (user is ncsa)
    
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