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I need a video card in my computer. I was looking at the 7800GT but I don't know if I'll have enough money to get it anytime soon. Would getting a 6800 make much (if any) difference, or at least enough to justify spending the extra $100 to get the 7800? Could oc'ing it make it comparable? I want to run things at probably a max of 1280x1024 (but maybe 1600x1200 in the future if/when I get a monitor that supports it) on most new games with quality at at least medium and anti-aliasing at a decent level.
post #2 of 21
Here are some benchmarks for you to take a look:
http://www.extremetech.com/article2/...1848577,00.asp
You'll need to decide whether the extra outlay justifies the performance, for you.
Hope this helps
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The question is if you have a PCI -Express slot. Your current card is AGP, as of now the fastest AGP card through nvidia is a 6800 gt or ultra. The 7800 series does have more pipes than the 6800's and will have a significant performance increase. I'd suggest getting a board that supports PCI-Express and upgrading to atleast a base 6800 PCI-E. (the newer pci express slot has a speed of 16x, agp only supports up to 8x and are completely different slots)
post #4 of 21
As with your current rig, I would just get a 6800 series AGP card because 7800 series need a better CPU than your Athlon 3200 to run at its max potential. I would spend the extra money to buy an extra stick of RAM.
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Originally Posted by wudaddy
As with your current rig, I would just get a 6800 series AGP card because 7800 series need a better CPU than your Athlon 3200 to run at its max potential. I would spend the extra money to buy an extra stick of RAM.

says who? my cpu is fine for my overclocked 7800Gt... and my oc'd gt is less than 5% slower than a regular clocked gtx
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says who? my cpu is fine for my overclocked 7800Gt... and my oc'd gt is less than 5% slower than a regular clocked gtx
I know its fine, but there would still be a little bottenecking involved. A good match for the 7800 series would be an Athlon 3700+ or better (preferably the 4xxx or FX series). Just search around and look at the benchmarks, the 7800gt with FX-55 will always score better than a 7800gt with Athlon 3200.
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not necessarily. my 3200 is running at 2.5Ghz. if nightdagger oc's his cpu a little bit he'll be fine.
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You're blowing it way out of proportion. You are making it sound like the 6800 would be better than a 7800GT since it has some bottlenecking. What I mean to say is that a 3200+ with a 7800GT will be a good bit better than one with a 6800. Just because xxx CPU won't bottleneck a GPU doesn't mean that a much lesser CPU will bottleneck it 'till it gets 20 FPS lower. The difference to me is negligable. I mean, I'd rather have 55 FPS with a bottlenecked 7800GT than 35 FPS with an un-bottlenecked (real word? lol) 6800.
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post #9 of 21
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys. I may oc my 3200 some, but I was really asking what you would do...

On the ExtremeTech link, I know it's a 6800 ultra listed, but it looks like it did fine. The 6800 is still easily playable even at 1600x1200 at max anti-aliasing.

By the way, my mobo has 2xPCI, 1xAGP, 2xPCI-X, and 1xPCI-e. I can run any video card made in the past few years, so all that talk about having to go AGP doesn't matter.
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So I was looking today and I saw:
  • 7800GT for $300
  • 6800GT for $250
  • 6800GS for $205
  • X800 Pro for $175
  • X800XT (Platinum) for $285
  • X1800XL for $350
I'm wondering which would be the best value. The 7800 has more pipelines than the 800xt 1800xl, and 6800gt by 4. Those have 4 more than the x800 pro or 6800gs. I think the 6800gt is my top choice for my budget right now-I want the 7800 (which outperforms the x1800xl) but I don't want to spend the extra money. The x800 pro looks like a better value than the 6800gs but they both look a little wimpy. The 800xt looks pretty good, but for just $15 more I could have the 7800.

Which would you pick? By the way, I'm probably going to end up waiting until the new lines of cards launch before I buy.

EDIT: Sorry-I forgot to edit my last post.
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