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  Should I just get a 8800gt instead of changing my system? 
 
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Ben Bernard Jan 19, 2008, 10:47am EST Report Abuse
Here's my rig:

ASUS A8N SLI SOCKET 939
AMD 3700+ VENICE CORE
EVGA 7800GT
2GB RAM(CRUCIAL)
HIPER 580 WATT
THERMALTAKE SUPRANO CASE

I've read good reviews about the 8800gt. I'm thinking of getting one to boost up performance on games, which is what I use my pc for mainly. I was thinking of upgrading to a dual core, maybe to a AMD Opteron 185, the last of the socket 939 model, or an Intel CPU. I mean, if the 8800gt does improve game performance than I won't have to spend anymore cash on upgrading my system. Any suggestion or advice from anyone would be greatly appreciated.


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SBD Jan 19, 2008, 11:47am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Should I just get a 8800gt instead of changing my system?
get a 8800GT and get a X2 3800+ or somthing like that for cheap that should help as you could sell your current graphics card and cpu.

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8800GTS 512mb (780/2200)
Adam Kolak Jan 19, 2008, 12:53pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Should I just get a 8800gt instead of changing my system?
If your looking for a boost in gaming performance then you will benefit more from a graphics card upgrade then a CPU upgrade. You can always get a cheap socket 939 Dual Core chip too.

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CrAsHnBuRnXp Jan 19, 2008, 01:03pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Should I just get a 8800gt instead of changing my system?
Your single core Athlon will be a SEVERE bottleneck to an 8800GT. You will need at least a dual core and even then it will be a little bit of a bottleneck overclocked.

EDIT: Fixed typo's.

FingerMeElmo87 Jan 19, 2008, 04:29pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Should I just get a 8800gt instead of changing my system?
eh, i recommend a new platform. by the time you can afford a new card bigger and badder ones will be available and bottle necks will be a least likely issue. go intel

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El Jan 19, 2008, 06:23pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Should I just get a 8800gt instead of changing my system?
I've got almost the same rig as you man and I'm telling you the 8800GT and a dual core cpu will make all the difference in the world. Your system will be revived and see the world in a new and better way. I "tested" out a friend's 8800GT before installing it for him in his rig and I was seriously blown away. UT3 was hovering at about 50 fps with graphics maxed at 1440x900 and AAx4. Then I tested his rig with the card and it seemed about the same with his Core 2 Duo at 2.4. Go cheap for now and upgrade again in 2 years.

Beavis Khan Jan 19, 2008, 07:50pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Should I just get a 8800gt instead of changing my system?

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stuart O Neill Apr 08, 2008, 06:10am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Should I just get a 8800gt instead of changing my system?
I have a 3700+ A64+ running 2 GB of ram. I have no interest in running games at max setting, once they are reasonably playable at mid settings. Im thinking same as you about 8800GT. I think its a get outta jail upgrade for the next year or so. spend money in a year or so on new system. Is anyone else running mid settings on an 8800GT? much skipping/freezing happening?Anybody running the 256 MB 8800GT? Im running a mid range monitor also, so no need for huge ram for huge resolutions.

mothow Apr 08, 2008, 10:59am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Should I just get a 8800gt instead of changing my system?
Get a X2 939.But yes get a 9600GT or a 3870.

ASRock Z97 Extreme 4 / i7 4790K / Corsair H80i / 4x4GB Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer DDR3 1600 / 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black / 240GB Mushkin Chronos Deluxe SSD / 2x Evga GTX 670 FTW 2GB in SLI / Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty / Corsair HX1000w
Jon Croft Apr 11, 2008, 06:21pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Should I just get a 8800gt instead of changing my system?
get to 860 gt's from TigerDirect it will be way faster then one 8800 tg and the athlon X2 3800+ or something and u will be doing it i got a 8800gt and it was good but a week later my lady got me the 8600gt's and i get more fps off this setup but when i get 1 more 8800gt i will sli them.......

my PC specs

athlon 64 X2 4800+ sck 939
Nforce 4 sli nvidia mobo
2 X Geforce 8600 GT's in sli
2 gb corsair DDR XMS PC3200 4 X 512 sick's
2 X sata 300 WD800BB's in raid 0
nforce on board 7.1 audio



 

    
 
 

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