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post #1 of 17
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Hi guys

I'm currently planing the parts for a new rig. This is a budget rig so no 8800gtx for me. It will be used for gaming, school, and programing. I would like to build it right now but I'm pretty short on money. I'm currently using a dell i6000d with a 1.6ghz dothan, 2gb of ddr2 @ 533mhz, and an x300

I want the rig to be a good overclocker and last a long time. I would also like it to run games at max settings @ 1680x1050

These are the parts i was thinking of

DFI LanParty UT RDX200 CF-DR Socket 939 ATI Radeon Xpress 200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136165

GeIL 1GB (2 x 512MB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820144020

AMD Opteron 144 Venus 1.8GHz 1MB L2 Cache Socket 939
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103600

The problem I have is what graphics card i should pick....

I was thinking about http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130061
but I'm not sure if it would run many games at max settings at 1680x1050.

Please help where possiable, thanks

EDIT: Also, some information on the upgrade path of amd would be great, thanks
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post #2 of 17
Im not sure on the other parts, but that card should run most games at 1680x1050 at max settings. Because my card can run games at 1680x1050 at med-max settings and my card is not as good as that.
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post #3 of 17
The 7950GT should do fine

Is an 8800GTS in the budget? That will OWN any DX9 games currently available, and will make you ready for DX10.
    
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post #4 of 17
are you talking about any games in particular or new and upcoming games in general?
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WOW!!!!, Thanks for the really fast replies!

Well I was going to play Rainbow six: Vegas until i found out about how it required pixel shader 3.0

I currently play CSS but not at very good frame rate. Actually i've been playing css for the past 2 or 3 years....

I mostly play fps games, but i'd like to play just about any new game at my native resolution for the next 1 or 2 years

I'll probably end up changeing my mobo and cpu to quad core when it becomes cheaper. I should be able to keep all the existing hardware including things like graphics, ram, hdd, etc...
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post #6 of 17
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Yeah, I was thinking about the 8800gts....Is it really worth it? Will it last say 2 or 3 years? If it will, then i can make arrangements to increase the budget.
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post #7 of 17
Well i cant say it will last 2 - 3 years. But it will certainly last longer than nay dx9 card out.

EDIT: Yeas it will mos prob last 2 - 3 years, but maybe not at the native res you are runningor maybe it will. Not sure were DX10 is going.
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post #8 of 17
7950GT: 1-2Years at 1680x1050
8800GTS: 2-3Years at 1680x1050 + DX10 compatiable.
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post #9 of 17
^^ i dont think you can be so sure about 2 -3 years. Not at such a high res, even if it is DX10. We dont even know how they are going to perform yet.
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post #10 of 17
True, at that res I wil still say 2 years min.
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