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My mom said she would buy me a new video card this year for christmas scince my little 6600gt is starting to stuggle. Right now Im looking at the 7600gt. Ive narrowed it down to either
EVGA http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130017
XFX http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150182
or MSI http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127209

Which card has the most performance or is there any other card that would be better for this price range?

thanks for the help
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post #2 of 13
MSI's suck. Trust me. XFX and EVGA and sometimes BFG are the way to go. XFX XXX cards are overclocked to the max.
post #3 of 13
I personally like eVGA. Their GPU fans generally run quieter and the GPUs
usually run cooler than most other brands as well. eVGA also warranties
even if you overclock.

However, if I were investing new money in a GPU, I don't know if I would
invest at the 7600 level - as most of the new games are getting even more
GPU hungry. You might think of holding off - accept your mom's money for partial
investment in a card and try to at least get a 7900 or above by including
some of your own money.
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post #4 of 13
Maybe, instead of buying a new card you might wanna go SLi
Two 6600gt are +/- a 7600gt/7900gs i think, when overclocked
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Originally Posted by Du@lGeEk View Post
Maybe, instead of buying a new card you might wanna go SLi
Two 6600gt are +/- a 7600gt/7900gs i think, when overclocked
Hmm, Go for that, Save some money too for other goodies hehe
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post #6 of 13
Well - just remember if you go SLI make sure you have a good PSU. A 430
is right on the edge but Antec is good.
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eVGA has the better cooler on it (covers the RAM) but the XFX has higher clocks, and that nice metal bar on the side is pretty nice (may sound a bit strange, but I used to have one, and it was slick looking). XFX and eVGA both have great warranty programs, but if you plan to upgrade again quickly, go with eVGA since they have the 'step-up' program.

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Well - just remember if you go SLI make sure you have a good PSU. A 430
is right on the edge but Antec is good.
Haha....i've been running this SLI rig on a Thermaltake 430 for about 3 months. Have a new PSU coming though.
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post #8 of 13
Seems you can go up as far as like $165? There are other options in that range:

SAPPHIRE 100189L Radeon X1900GT 256MB GDDR3 $159.99

This one is a little more before rebate, but gets close after rebate:
eVGA 256-P2-N624-AR GeForce 7900GS 256MB GDDR3 $179.99 - $20 MIR
    
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post #9 of 13
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I just looked on ebay and there are a few 6600gts preety cheap, Im thinking about doing that if it will be at the same leval. How would the ati 1900 compare to two 6600gts. And thanks for the quick replies
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post #10 of 13
SLI is certainly a good option to go with, it will beat out the 7600GT is most cases. However, the 7600 is 90 nm and will overclock a lot better than the 6600GT's will.

EDIT: X1900GT vs SLI 6600GT
http://www.gpureview.com/show_cards....187&card2=415#
SLI has it's typical advantage in texture fills, but the ATI beats it out in pixel fills because of it's huge number of shaders/pipelines, of which more are unlockable.

When you get the X1900GT unlocked to 48/8/16/16, there really isn't much contest with the 6600GT's 8/3/8/4.
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