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Apologies if this has been asked previously.

I havent played any games since pre-WOW exp, and the game itself did not require much more than a 6600GT which i have. I am looking to start playing a new game (when it comes out) it is an MMO so will not have massive requirements but I am sure will at least warrant some sort of upgrade.

At the moment (from memory - I may get some of the terms wrong ) my specs are

1gb DDR 400 ram
6600GT 128mb graphics card
AMD 64bit 3000+ cpu
seagate SATA 160gb HD
Gigabyte motherboard (not sure which one it is at the moment i may check when i get home)

My question is I dont really want to update too much stuff, but wanted to be able to play some of the newer games, not on the highest graphic settings and stuff like that just say something like oblivion on average graphics. I was thinking of going for the 7900GS or 8600GT, because my computer is EXTREMELY OLD lol...i was thinking i would best get the 7900GS do u guys agree? is my motherboard likely to support this card? will my CPU and ram really hold me back if i get this card?

Thanks in advance
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It your 6600 right now a PCIe? If it is then the 7900GS will be great. It should be an excellent upgrade from the 6600GT. Currently at 1280x960, there isn't really any game that I can't run on max. That's overclocked though.
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7900GS vs. 8600GT? A toss up, really. In high resolutions (1280x1024) the 7900GS would be a bit better. No point in getting the 8600 if you're doing it to "futureproof" for DX10 games; recent DX10 test are showing that even the über cards are having trouble keeping up, so it's best to wait on any DX10 purchase and see how things pan out.
Both cards perform about the same on DX9, which is I think the main purpose you're upgrading. I would go for the 7900GS simply because of its 256bit interface, which makes it better a high resolutions.

Edit: I used to run an overclocked 7900GS (600/800) with my old 17" LCD, and it ran all of my games on high settings with medium AA + AF (Doom3, R:TW, HL2) and some of the most demanding on medium-high settings and no AA (M2:TW), with the native resolution of 1280x1024.
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Excellent thanks for all the good info...is there some sort of test like a system information thing that will tell me what motherboard i have so I can see if it has PCI express and can even support the 7900GS card?
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Can't you just open it up? You're going to have to do it anyways if you're changing the video card.

Edit: You can use this to get basic system information.

Edit2: Some reviews
http://www.legitreviews.com/article/486/1/
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=2970&p=1
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does anyone know what the CPU approx. bottleneck will be for the 2 graphics cards?...

Am i really going to be limiting myself if I dont upgrade CPU?
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Does your system support dual cards? If you crank up the resolution (+1680x1050) with all the eye candy, then CPU bottlenecks are of almost no concern, but that single 3000+ you have will slow you down some (not a lot, and you probably won't notice). Still, multi cards are only worth it for super high resolutions and with high end cards. Dualing two 7900GS/8600GT is a waste and you would be better off getting a single big card like a 8800GTS.
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