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Upgrade the 8600 and maybe speed up that RAM to 800-1000.
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Successfully upgraded my PSU earlier.
Gainward 9600GT Bliss Edition 512MB GDDR3 will be here in the morning

I should now be sorted...

Hopefully.
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Well done Vizual. Now you'll be set for awhile...that is until the OC Bug starts to replace your DNA...
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I would go with the XFX 9600 GSO on newegg for $77 USD
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Budget card budget results. CPU's don't make any difference in gaming now adays.. all you need is a dual 2.4 , GPU does the rest!

Which is why CPU test is 1fps ,, GPU needs to be free, soo CPU is powerful enough to make calculations. Yours is, its a video card thing,, go for 8 numbers not 6 heheh,
    
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post #46 of 49
A worthwhile upgrade would be a 9800GTX+- you will immediately notice a difference.
less money? 9800gtx.

Note that 9800GTX+ > 4850 in practically every benchmark. That will keep you set for a while!


About CPU, I originally had some old E4400 playing old simcity 4 deluxe with integrated graphics- played on only mid quality. bought a new e8400 and OC to 4ghz and now I can play on high quality! woot!

CPU makes not that much of a difference. Even if it will bottleneck, only slightly.
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post #47 of 49
which is why some might think that the psu and gpu are lightweight. Maybe they are but with only a 17" crt and no plans, right away, to goto a lcd then he is set for a bit of time.

Choices are sometimes very hard to make and we hardly make the right ones at first, but I think Vizual made some good picks. But as some of us know the urge to upgrade/overclock is strong and gets into our dna so who knows where he will be in 6 months.
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post #48 of 49
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Yeah. I think I'm set for the time being.
I'm playing Fallout 3, Bioshock and Mercs. 2 all on high with 2xAA [except mercs: no AA].
Really good FPS so I'm extremely happy with my picks.

As for Sim City 4; I love that game too and it plays, for want of a better word, 'beautifully'.

Thanks again for all your help guys, I believe I've made some good choices with the budget I had and am now reaping the rewards!

As for the OC bug getting into my DNA; I have to admit I'm already looking at some options for the near future lol.

Changing the subject slightly, I've noticed my 9600GT rarely tops 55C on load. I'm quite astonished. Unless my sensor is screwed. Lol.
Edited by Vizual - 12/28/08 at 9:58am
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post #49 of 49
ya them 96gt's are good for temps. I am folding full bore on mine and my temps, at 60% fan, hardly goes above 60C. For a gpu that has been oc'd from 675/900/1674 to 775/975/1922 that is a good temp. I just paid for a 9800gtx+, the 1st to come, and that will work really good.
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