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post #11 of 32
Also i tend to find that in the UK you can get better prices from - Ebuyer.com, Overclockers.co.uk and yoyotech.com (possibly)co.uk. Overclockers.co.uk and yoyo have weekly offers where you can allways pick up a decnt graphics card cheap.
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post #12 of 32
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i am overclocking a bit i have my cpu running at 2.4Ghz rather than the stock 2.2 but my max temps are about 40-45*C

what about the 8600gt 1Gb

isnt more gfx memory better? those ati only had like 256mbs or have i got the wrong end of the stick?
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post #13 of 32
Anything above 512MB is more than overkill on but the highest of high end cards. A middle of the road card like the 8600 won't be able to make good use of it. The cards I linked to are faster, which will have more of an impact in raw performance.
Edited by Melcar - 5/16/08 at 9:11am
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post #14 of 32
The 1GB 8600's are just a waste of VRAM as they bottleneck like mad.
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post #15 of 32
My personall choice would be either the 8800GT 256MB or the 8800GS 384MB. Both are based on the G92 GPU and are very powerfull. The 512MB would be better but for that budget you would be hard pressed to find a card that could use 512MB or more propperly and have a decent GPU chip.
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now im getting confused
My msn is halowonderboy@hotmail.co.uk
is someone wouldnt mind explaining a few things to me lol (sorry for being such an idiot)
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post #17 of 32
If you can find an extra £15 then overclockers.co.uk have got their 512MB 8800GT on sale this week for £89.99 + VAT. The 8800GT 512MB is the best bang for buck card out at the moment and will play any game at decent settings and res with high FPS.

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...odid=GX-071-OK
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post #18 of 32
Don't bother with an aftermarket HSF for your cpu--your temps are just fine, there's no way to know that you could get your CPU much higher (to the point that you'd need better cooling), and buying/installing an aftermarket HSF won't spontaneously improve your computer's performance.

It's a common misconception that more VRAM is better--this is not true. EDIT to clear up why more onboard vram isn't always better: What you really want is a card that can render images/frames of games fast enough for your resolution (that would be the GPU/memory interface) in addition to having enough on-board memory to store those rendered frames/images (this would be the memory). If the card only has a so-so GPU and memory speed, then it can't render the frames fast enough at a given resolution, so having 2000GB of onboard VRAM wouldn't help. Especially with a 19" monitor, you're fine with 256MB (EDIT--since higher resolutions will require rendered frames to take up more memory), but I'd suggest a 512MB card, but also one with a good chipset--meaning an 8800 series Nvidia, or a 3800 series ATI. You could find a 2900 series card from ATI, but those have relatively high power requirements.

I'd say for now, bang/buck at your resolution, an 8800GT or 3870 would be best. 8800gs might be fine for now, but if you went to a larger resolution monitor, you might not get all the performance you were hoping for.

If you game now, get a new video card, and then in the future when you're doing whatever work you're doing, you can buy a new hard drive.
Edited by guyladouche - 5/16/08 at 9:19am
    
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post #19 of 32
I havent got a hotmail acc but basiclly -
VRAM on a graphics card IS NOT everything.
More VRAM is good BUT the GPU (graphics processer on the card) must be powerfull enough to be able to use it.
Lower end graphics cards have much lower memory bandwidth even if they have 1GB of VRAM.
It is genrally much better to go for a card with a faster and more powerfull GPU and high memory bandwidth instead of an older or slower card with shed loads of VRAM.

I would seriously either get or save the extra £15 and then get the 8800GT 512MB from oc.co.uk that i linked to above. I had one by itself before i went SLi and it was awsome as a single card, (i just got gready and wanted two in SLi!!! i didn't need to get another)
Edited by cptjharkness - 5/16/08 at 9:22am
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ok what about this beast http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/s...tml?MSI-88GTS3
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