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I'm finally upgrading from my 9800 pro to a PCI-E graphics card. As thius upgrade involves getting a new mobo and a 64 bit processor (Asus of some sort and 3200+ prolly) I have around £150 thats Great British Pounds. I was thinking one of these:

Powercolor ATI Radeon X850XT - £146
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/acatal...CI_Series.html

Gainward BLISS GeForce 6800 GS "Goes Like Hell" 512MB GDDR3 - £170
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/acatal...CI_Series.html

or XFX GeForce 6800 GS Extreme XXX Edition 256MB GDDR3 - £152
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/acatal...CI_Series.html

The Gainward one looks rather tasty with 512mb (I know its probably too much to use) and it's clocked at 485MHz (good for a nvidia I think) and 1300MHz memory.
The X850xt also looks incredibly attractive at that price with 520Mhz clock speed, however I am a little concerned about the Lack of SM 3 on it.

This upgrade is largely prompted by the new Elder Scrolls Oblivion coming out soon. If there are any other cards you think I should consider please say, but I'm not willing to cross over the £175 mark. Sorry it's not in dollars, I don't think it's worth converting as prices are bigger here anyway.
Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 37
well this is Overclock.net so you can always oc :]
for now i think you should take the bliss (btw the bliss 7800GT 512MB is a beast!) the 6800gs is a "new gen" card that support some pretty nice features! the x850xt is realy strong but its "old school"...
and if you can put some extra money and get a 7800GT for £160-180
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Unfortunately I can't afford a 7800 GT as the cheapes I can find it for is £194, which is too near to 200 for me. Is it worth bothering trying for SLI with the Bliss card or the XFX or would I just be better buying a 7800 when they come down in price?
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what are talking about?
Gigabyte GeForce 7800 GT 256MB - £174.95
Leadtek GeForce 7800GT 256MB - £169.95
MSI GeForce 7800 GT 256MB - £174.95
OcUK GeForce 7800GT - £164.95
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save the money and get a 7800gt. Eventually, you can pick up a second one for sli.
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AAAH overclockers.co.uk have the VAT in small writing. those are actually:
Gigabyte GeForce 7800 GT 256MB - £205.57
Leadtek GeForce 7800GT 256MB - £199.96
MSI GeForce 7800 GT 256MB - £205.57
OcUK GeForce 7800GT - £193.82
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post #7 of 37
well i went through this descision... the x850xt is probably the best choice.. it out muscles the 6800gs but at the cost of SM3. Be it old tech its still the more powerful card.
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dammit it is a tough decision, I'd like to know just how powerful that gainward go's like hell 6800gs is. It must be pretty impressive with a 1300MHz memory clock, though I'm sure it still wouldn't quite rival the x850xt
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dammit it is a tough decision, I'd like to know just how powerful that gainward go's like hell 6800gs is. It must be pretty impressive with a 1300MHz memory clock, though I'm sure it still wouldn't quite rival the x850xt
well with lots of memory and high clocks itll be good when you crank the eye candy up..
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How much difference would the 512mb of memory make compared to 256?
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