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Hey Guys its me again, lol
I just ordered a XFX 6800GS (the overclocked version) on newegg.
I have a few question before the card arrives.

1. How much performance boost would this card give me? how much better will be the image quality compared to the 5200? I know I am low on ram but I am getting new ram after christmas 2X1GB g-skill extreme.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231032
(will it improve my gaming alot after the memory upgrade?)

2.What is the proper way on uninstalling drivers? 1. Uninstall manager remove all nvida drivers./ boot in safe mode/ run Driver Cleaner Pro. (what do I need to there which drivers do I need to remove in the program ( there are lots of drivers listes right now).



3. Replacing the card. I know its pretty simple (done it before) but not pci-e i looked in the newegg picture sectin and saw a little power cord (refer to image)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ShowIm...d%20-%20Retail
where do I plug it in? lol i am a little confused.

Thanks so much hehe
post #2 of 26
wow you will see a huge preformance gain!!! For step 2, your method is the best.... you need to remove your Forceware drivers or whatever you were using (posibally Nvidia is listed, if so, remove that) As for the powercord, just plug your standard 4pin molex connector into the card to give it extra juice (since the PCIe bus cant supply all the power the card needs)

nice card btw! You will be happy...(trust me)
    
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wow you will see a huge preformance gain!!! For step 2, your method is the best.... you need to remove your Forceware drivers or whatever you were using (posibally Nvidia is listed, if so, remove that) As for the powercord, just plug your standard 4pin molex connector into the card to give it extra juice (since the PCIe bus cant supply all the power the card needs)

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hey thanks for your quick response. just to make sure I the last part right. Get a power cable from my PS (left over cable, i have plenty) plug it into my ps and then into the graphics card. is that correct?
post #4 of 26
I'd say... About a 90% Performance improvement.

As for DriverCleaner pro, I don't think you need to go into safemode unless you're having problems with it. But you can do it for good measure I suppose.

With the power cord, its a 4-6-4 cord, so you plug in one of your 4-Pin Molex's into the converter and the 6 part into your videocard.
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I'd say... About a 90% Performance improvement.

As for DriverCleaner pro, I don't think you need to go into safemode unless you're having problems with it. But you can do it for good measure I suppose.

With the power cord, its a 4-6-4 cord, so you plug in one of your 4-Pin Molex's into the converter and the 6 part into your videocard.
if I read this right, wouldn't there be one plug left over ?? how about drawing a pic forme? lol just kidding
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oh maybe i am looking at the picture wrong. Is in the pic 1 black pug. and 2 white plugs or 1 black and 1 large white plug??? lol i am blind

btw where do I plug it in? I looked at the pic and don't see any spots to put it in, do I take out the fan cord and plug it in there? I feel like a total noob lol. (it prolly will be common sense when the card arrives) hehe
post #7 of 26
Yea, you are going to feel like a noob once you get the card, lol. JK.

But if you look @ the 4th pic, you see 2x 4-Pin Molex, and both of them lead to a smaller (thicker) 6-pin PCI-E molex, leading right into the videocard (see pic 2). Get it?
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post #8 of 26
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ok i finally get it but i am still confused about the last part. about leading into my graphics card? I don't see it leading into anything lol i only see a plug for the fan. nothing else. bahh I give up lol i will just have to look at it friday when I get the card. It prolly will be in the instructions anyways hehe
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Id say that the 6800GS would be at least 4 times more powerful than the 5200.
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post #10 of 26
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wow I didn't think that the card was that powerful but I guess it is.. thats good news... (I remember buying my 5200 for $160 at compusa 1 1/2 years ago..) what a rip off hehehe won't happen again.
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