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Ok guys, I have posted enough topics about my card, but I have one last question. I have enough money to buy a cooler for it, but I want to know if it is worth buying a cooler for it. I want to flash the BIOS to the XT card and overclock the heck out of it from there, but I just don't think all that time and effort is worth what that card is. My grandpa has a geforce 6800 extreme that I might be able to buy from him, but I will have to buy a PCIe board to get it work, mabye a DFI lanparty. What I am thinking is that I need to save up my money and get the new board, some good RAM, and the untouched 6800 from my grandpa and OC the heck out of all that stuff. Another unrelated question is, would DDR RAM be a good route to take, or should I step up to DDR2? thanks

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Thats a tough call. The problem is your upgrade paths are very limited. With your proc being 754 there is nowhere to go if you get the new mobo and get your grandpa's card. On the other hand, the 9600 is starting to show it's age. Great card, I had an XT, but will soon be 4 generations old. I'd say have some fun and tinker with the bios flash to push your card for another 6-9 months and start saving to look at a new system. Looks like you can salvage your HDD's, PSU and ram, unless you want something a little nicer. So that would leave you with your mobo, which you are already thinking about getting, a processor, and a GPU. Grandpa's would prolly work for thie time being.

150-170 for mobo
300 for proc
150-250 for GPU
thats 720 and you will have a new system that will last you a while.
post #3 of 11
I would get the cooler. Best option for now, IMO. You could sell it as a 9600XT.
When ready, definitely go for DDR2. Try to get CAS 3 or 4 at DDR2 800 or better.
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I just grabbed a 6800xt for 70+shipping, so if you sell your card and use the money that you were going to get a cooler with you could hop on the 6800 series train
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h4rdcor3: It's socket 939, I guess I need to add that the specs of the proc in my sig. Yeah, she old alright, I guess I will flash and overclock and get a cooler, now what cooler do you guys think is the best one for my card? thanks all

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I just grabbed a 6800xt for 70+shipping, so if you sell your card and use the money that you were going to get a cooler with you could hop on the 6800 series train
link please........
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link please........
Where to start....? Ebay.

Ebay:
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Hey guys, I need an answer. What would be the best heatsink for my card? Thanks guys

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post #9 of 11
i woundt get a cooler for it, i have the same card as you, seel it as a 9600xt when you flash the bios make sure it works perfectly and just get your self a good card like a gefore 7800 used those card are the king of agp (assuming you have agp)
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post #10 of 11
lol give up on the 6800 series deal? ok heres some heatsinks

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835118222

or

http://cgi.ebay.ca/ASUS-GeForce-6800...QQcmdZViewItem
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