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post #1 of 13
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As you know, Christmas is comming up, but I dont know what to ask for.
You can see my system specs below, I think all of them complement eachother well, but in the newest games I have to lower the resolution a bit. My monitor is 24 inches, so I really want to have the highest res possible (1920x1200 i know is hard to achieve, but 1600x1200 would be nice in quake 4 eh?)

I think the video card is my bottleneck, but my abit av8 is AGP only, so I would either need to get the fastest AGP card out there (x850 ???) or upgrade my mobo, and get a good PCI-E, and keep my 3200+ venice.

What should I do? (SLI or crossfile is too expensive for me, but a 7800 or x1800 isnt out of the question with a new mobo)

Ideas and links are appreciated, thank you for your help.
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3200+ Venice @ 2.66 Abit av8 3rd eye xp pro dell 24" lcd 1920x1200 
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belkin wireless ASPIRE ATX-AS500 34A +12 x-alien antec mx518 
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3200+ Venice @ 2.66 Abit av8 3rd eye xp pro dell 24" lcd 1920x1200 
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belkin wireless ASPIRE ATX-AS500 34A +12 x-alien antec mx518 
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post #2 of 13
I'd suggest getting a Nforce 4 ultra based board, theres a few under 100$ at newegg, then you could pick up a 7800gt for around 300, gtx is alil more expensive, but either of those would run high res no problem. Good luck upgrading =)

mobo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136163
This mobo's a little more expensive has 2 pcie slots ( can be modded to SLI ) - future proof- or just buy the sli edition.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136152

vid cards:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150124 ~GT
The GTX is a bit more expensive but the 4 extra pipes may be worth it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130254 ~GTX
post #3 of 13
The 7800GT and a highend DFI will cost about $500 and get you going great depanding on how much RAM you have. If you don't have a Gig of RAM another $180-250 will get you some good 2x1gig modules
Couple all that with some OCing on that 3200+ and you will be doing GREAT!
    
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post #4 of 13
don't get the neo4 msi board just fair warning
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post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the help guys
Should I get the 7800 or the x1800 ? For the biggest bang for your buck?
Also, i have a gig of corsair value ram, maybe an upgrade would be nice...
Any ideas there? 2x1 gig might be good, any nice 2x1 gig that overclock well?
If not, 2x512 at FSB 266 would be good.
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3200+ Venice @ 2.66 Abit av8 3rd eye xp pro dell 24" lcd 1920x1200 
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belkin wireless ASPIRE ATX-AS500 34A +12 x-alien antec mx518 
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3200+ Venice @ 2.66 Abit av8 3rd eye xp pro dell 24" lcd 1920x1200 
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belkin wireless ASPIRE ATX-AS500 34A +12 x-alien antec mx518 
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post #6 of 13
the OCZ platinum DDR4000 1gb sticks are supposed to OC well.

or a set of 512 TCCD will oc very nicely

and I vote for a 7800 series card
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post #7 of 13
as much as i dislike nvidia, they got their stuff together on the 7800 gt(x) cards....
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post #8 of 13
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You think so? Is the 7800 more powerful than the x1800?

If i got either, would i need a new power supply? Mines 525watts, with a big +12va
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CPUMotherboardOSMonitor
3200+ Venice @ 2.66 Abit av8 3rd eye xp pro dell 24" lcd 1920x1200 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
belkin wireless ASPIRE ATX-AS500 34A +12 x-alien antec mx518 
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CPUMotherboardOSMonitor
3200+ Venice @ 2.66 Abit av8 3rd eye xp pro dell 24" lcd 1920x1200 
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belkin wireless ASPIRE ATX-AS500 34A +12 x-alien antec mx518 
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post #9 of 13
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Any idea on the power supply?
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3200+ Venice @ 2.66 Abit av8 3rd eye xp pro dell 24" lcd 1920x1200 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
belkin wireless ASPIRE ATX-AS500 34A +12 x-alien antec mx518 
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CPUMotherboardOSMonitor
3200+ Venice @ 2.66 Abit av8 3rd eye xp pro dell 24" lcd 1920x1200 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
belkin wireless ASPIRE ATX-AS500 34A +12 x-alien antec mx518 
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post #10 of 13
the geforce 7800 gtx and the x1800xt pe are both rockin cards, but the gtx performs a bit better, then there's the gtx 512 which kicks the crap out of all i'm afraid of...
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2 x 150 GB Raptors RAID0 work in progress Windows 7 7600 x64 19" Acer LCD 
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Microsoft basic Antec 650w my desk mx518 
Mouse Pad
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2 x 150 GB Raptors RAID0 work in progress Windows 7 7600 x64 19" Acer LCD 
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