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So as I suspected, when I came home for a week for my spring break and was playing fancy new video games on my new computer, once my father saw, he said he wanted a new computer build. Asked me if I could help him build a new one for around $700 or so.

However, he said he would want to give the old family computer (Dell Dimension B110 that we got for $400 incl 19" LCD) to another family member, so recycling of parts wouldn't be too fantastic. Although, I think he would be ok with giving them an old CRT we have laying around and keeping the LCD to save some buck on that aspect.

Other than that, I was thinking of getting a moderately upgradable mobo and probably E6600. I'll make sure his mobo can handle a Q6600 so if/when I decide to upgrade my chip, he can take my quad (which is still sitting very happy at 3.33). As for the RAM, I would probably go with Corsair 2x1GB sticks or Crucial 2x1GB sticks. He's not gonna need more. Unless he tells me he wants to go for Vista. He thinks mine is pretty.

All that really leaves would be a case and a video card (well, and an aftermarket CPU cooler, probably won't OC his E6600, but may toss in something else anyway to help keep temps down). I'll leave some headroom for him to pick a case, because he still thinks they're mainly for looks. I'll see what style he likes, then pick out one that is more functional.

In terms of the GPU (and hence my posting here), I was thinking on getting an MSI 8800GTS G92 512MB, which is like $220 on Newegg after rebate. I would toss in some extra money and take that for myself, then give him my 8600GTS. He definitely does not need the power of an 8800GTS, and the 8600GTS would give him enough ability to play some more recent games (the last real gaming he did was Diablo II a few years back, I'd say the only recent game that he'd want to play would be Command and Conquer 3, which the 8600GTS should eat alive.

My question is this: the native res on my monitor is 1680x1050 (20.1" Sceptre widescreen). How much of an increase will I see from 8600GTS to 8800GTS? I usually play games around.. uhh, forget the res, like 1240x768 or whatever that one is.

How hot does that card run... should I get an aftermarket cooler or will I be fine with it?

Advice on possible GPU upgrade!

Thanks
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Hands down the 8800 GTS.. I went from a X1950XTX to it...X2 went from 7K to 14K , E6600 3Dmark06 got 2K more when I went to the Q6600.
    
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That is a pretty big upgrade.
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the stock cooler on the 8800gts should be fine and if you start overclocking and need extra cooling just use nvidia monitor and turn the fan speeds up, it works for me with my 8800gt while overclocking, although it does get a but noisey, and as for performance differnce you will realy see a differnce mate, I upgraded from a xfx 8600gt xxx to a xfx 8800gt xt, and the performance differnce is unreal.
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you are going to feel a massive difference. I went from a 7600GT to one of the older 8800GTS's 320mb and there was a rediculous performance increase. You are going to love the 8800GTS G92.
    
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The 8800GTS will rock your socks off compared to a 8600. The 8600's are for people who don't know what they are doing, and think that as long as they get inside the 8000-range they should be fine; THEY ARE NOT! I think you dad should be fine with the 8600, just don't let him in on Crysis just yet! Alt+tab when he enters the room while you are playing it

I would get him a Q6600 right away, as I think the E-series should not be bought now if you are sane.

Just my advice.
post #7 of 20
It is a huge upgrade. Here is the performance data between G92 8800GTS and 8600GTS. You should find most answers for questions in that table. You have a nice PSU so things is set.

http://www.hardwarezone.com/ourvoice...=724&blogId=10
post #8 of 20
The graphical performance will blow you away.

I run at that res, every game maxed (sept crysis ofc) .... runs awesome.

Throw up some AA and AF, you're gonna love your games more now.
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Well I'll spec up a build for my dad today and show it to him this afternoon, see what comes of it.

Maybe I'll soon be rocking an 8800GTS

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The 8800GTS will rip the 8600GTS apart in every application and game.

Stock cooler will be fine.
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