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Old 06-16-2005, 11:39 PM   #1
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Okay, I am wanting to get a new graphics card, either the radeon x700pro or the geforce 6600GT.
I was told that i should upgrade my PSU. I currently have a 300watt PSU, with no extra fans, hard drives, or anything extra.
I was looking at the Antec 550w power supply for $89:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817103931

And I cannot really decide on which graphics card to get.
If i can go by with getting the x700 pro without buying a new PSU, ill probably go with the x700pro.
Here are the two cards on newegg.com
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814140047

thanks!
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Old 06-16-2005, 11:44 PM   #2
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Either way you have to buy a new PSU. i have a 6600gt and it's a good card. If you do get a 6600gt, get a MSI one.
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Old 06-16-2005, 11:56 PM   #3
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oh ok..
well i was asking because the X600pro has a recommendation of 300watts or higher on new egg, and I didnt think the x700pro would be much different.

any more opinions? i think im leaning towards the 6600GT and PSU
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they are both 350 watts
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okay thanks.
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i was thinking, what if i happen to get the radeon x600pro? it wont require me to by a whole new ps. would anyone recommend me going that route? keep in mind i will be wanting to play battlefield 2 and doom3.
basically I have a 3.4ghz pentium 4, 1GB ram, 250GB HD..

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It seems such a waste to have an awsome system like that a to stick a x600pro into it,lol. it should be able to play those games, but i don't think you could put very high settings on. i don't really know much on Radeon graphic cards, i'm sure someone else will know.
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Yeah, I would seriously consider getting a new PSU so its not bottle necking your system, as that 350 watt for the card is the minimum spec they say you should use! So I'd get a 450watt just to be sure.

I hope this helps
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ok thanks.
i will get a 6600GT, i have heard nothing but good things about the card.
now, which one? here are four different ones:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814122201

isnt leadtek the best?
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Yeah, good choice. It'd definitely be faster than the x600 you were going to get

Yeah, the Leadtek seems the best out of all, and also the clocks seem to be rated higher than the Abit, or Sapphire versions which is a bit weird (Leadtek to my knowledge doesn't pre-overclock)

Also if you wanted to run SLI in the future (would need a new motherboard if yours doesn't support it now) then the Leadtek is also a good choice for that! (Basically if you don't know what it is. It allows you to place 2 video cards into the same system and allows games to run faster), and the Abit and Sapphire versions also doesn't allow for it

Everything else though about the cards are the same because they are still from Nvidia.
The only thing that will be different then will be the noise of the fan, and I have no idea without hearing them how loud they will be.

You also get some games and software free which the others don't! Leadtek is usually known for doing that

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Here is the MSI one vs leadtek:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127147

they are the same. both have 5 star (egg) rating but there is a lot more reviews for the MSI one. also the MSI one comes with a bigger software package. most of the stuff sucks though,lol.
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thanks guys
I want to get the MSI because it has way more software, but it's out of stock.
The MSI also has open GL 2.0, what is the difference between GL 1.5 and 2.0?
The MSI is out of stock right now, so I might just wait a week and see if they restock it.

"This card was ranked the highest of all 6600gt's at anandtech. The larger diameter fan which led to one of the quietest 6600's was a major factor. This could be particularly important if you intend to use this card in an SLI configuration (I am one the prices drop)."
-reviewer from leadtek card
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WAit till june 22nd to buy any Vid Cards. They are dropping in price.
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I just ordered the Leadtek 6600 GT and the antec 550w PS.
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Kewl Hope you enjoy the card! I'm sure you will
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Y didn't you wait a week so the prices were lower? O well hope you enjoy your card.
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Y didn't you wait a week so the prices were lower? O well hope you enjoy your card.
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How are you so sure that the prices will drop? i doubt the drop will be that dramatic...
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it's going to drop because a new card i coming out the geforce 7800. i'd say it will drop about $40-50.
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Yeah, I think it'll drop quite a bit too, though not by a considerable amout that you should wait 5 days or so, but I don't think the 6600GT would have dropped that much anyway. The 6800 models would have dropped though.

As long as the card is enjoyed, whats wrong?
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Good decision on power supplies. Alot of people don't realize how important a good power supply is. They buy a cheap powmax one with crappy current measurements and their computer craps out on them or they damage a cpu or motherboard. In my opinion the power supply is one of the most important parts of system and an extra $40 is worth protecting you $1000 investment.
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