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Hey, my birthday is on Friday and I'm going to get the long needed upgrades for my computer but it has to be under $300. I was on newegg and found all the parts that I need, they are:

EXCELSTOR 160GB SATA HDD
ECS nVidia 6100 AM2+/AM2 (for future upgradability)
MSI 8600GTS
Super Talent 2x 1GB DDR2-800
AMD X2 4000+ Brisbane

All of this comes up to $311, $271 after rebate. But my question is, should I drop the 8600GTS for a 8600GT and get the X2 5000+ instead of the X2 4000+ (they will end up being the same $271 after rebate). The only games I will play is Star Wars Galaxies, TF2, and a little bit of Crysis (I want to play on at least all high). I'm not sure which would give me the best performance, so 8600GTS or X2 5000+, I don't want to overclock much with the stock cooler. I'm thinking the GTS because the X2 4000+ can be OC'd to X2 5000+ speeds, advice?
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Hey, my birthday is on Friday and I'm going to get the long needed upgrades for my computer but it has to be under $300. I was on newegg and found all the parts that I need, they are:

EXCELSTOR 160GB SATA HDD
ECS nVidia 6100 AM2+/AM2 (for future upgradability)
MSI 8600GTS
Super Talent 2x 1GB DDR2-800
AMD X2 4000+ Brisbane

All of this comes up to $311, $271 after rebate. But my question is, should I drop the 8600GTS for a 8600GT and get the X2 5000+ instead of the X2 4000+ (they will end up being the same $271 after rebate). The only games I will play is Star Wars Galaxies, TF2, and a little bit of Crysis (I want to play on at least all high). I'm not sure which would give me the best performance, so 8600GTS or X2 5000+, I don't want to overclock much with the stock cooler. I'm thinking the GTS because the X2 4000+ can be OC'd to X2 5000+ speeds, advice?
i have a ECS KN3 sli board and x2 EVGA 8600GTS's in SLI with a 4200+
both are OC'd. check my sig for details. and crysis struggles at 1280x1024 res on medium. But! any other game i throw at them is 40+ FPS like COD4 Timeshift UT3 all on high/Very high.

Bioshock struggles at High.
Crysis on low plays like a Dream! Natural mod makes it look even better
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i have a ECS KN3 sli board and x2 EVGA 8600GTS's in SLI with a 4200+
both are OC'd. check my sig for details. and crysis struggles at 1280x1024 res on medium. But! any other game i throw at them is 40+ FPS like COD4 Timeshift UT3 all on high/Very high.

Bioshock struggles at High.
Crysis on low plays like a Dream! Natural mod makes it look even better
Well that burst my bubble
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yeah, you wont get crysis to play any higher than medium without spending $300+ on a graphics card alone

IMO if you can overclock then get the 4000+ cpu and the 8600GTS, but im not sure what that board is like for overclocking so if you have little experience with iverclocking get the 8600GT and 5000+, also what CPU cooler are you going to use?
    
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yeah, you wont get crysis to play any higher than medium without spending $300+ on a graphics card alone

IMO if you can overclock then get the 4000+ cpu and the 8600GTS, but im not sure what that board is like for overclocking so if you have little experience with iverclocking get the 8600GT and 5000+, also what CPU cooler are you going to use?
Planning on using stock but from what I saw on tomshardware the 8600GTS is worth the money. I have a 400W CoolMax PSU so I can overclock to 2.6Ghz and that's the farthest I'm willing to go.
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I have an 8600GTS and I'm quite happy with it. Although once I get some more cash, I'll be going for an 8800GTS G92, they've dropped quite a bit in price over the past month and a half.
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I have an 8600GTS and I'm quite happy with it. Although once I get some more cash, I'll be going for an 8800GTS G92, they've dropped quite a bit in price over the past month and a half.
Thanks, what games have you enjoyed on it?
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If you are still using XP, dont worry with an 8600 at all- you can get a 7900gt or 7950gt on eBay for about $60 and they will run circles around an 8600GTS. If you will be upgrading to Vista in the future, look at one of the lower 8800 cards, or a 9600gt.
    
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If you are still using XP, dont worry with an 8600 at all- you can get a 7900gt or 7950gt on eBay for about $60 and they will run circles around an 8600GTS. If you will be upgrading to Vista in the future, look at one of the lower 8800 cards, or a 9600gt.
I've looked at the 8800GS and it's going over $300 even after rebates and my grandma doesn't trust eBay so a 8600GTS looks like it's my best choice.
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Save up more if you can, you've got a poor/budget psu which isn't a great starting point. 160gig is pretty small in the hdd department and you don't really need to spend to much to get a lot more storage. An after market cpu cooler will certainly help with overclocking the chip you choose to get, Scythe Infinity or something of similar design should be perfect.
I used to have a 7900GTO which I bought second hand instead of an 8600** and it was infinitly better, but as has probably been mentioned will use much more power than an 8600.
    
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