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  1. why94

    why94 Thread Starter

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    i was wondering if anyone could give me a list of some good graphics card things and there prices i want to upgrade and dont know what to buy
     
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    there;s a few posts about the same topic right now. I think the 6800GT or something to that name is the best so far.
     
  3. in3rt!a

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    radeon x850xt beats all right now, but youll be dropping $650 for it:
    http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=320831&ps=ho5
    the nvidia 6800 ultra is the best from nvidia, but you could just buy a 6800 gt and overclock it to ultra speeds.
    Ultra:http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=326010
    GT: http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=326008

    however, i get the feeling that youre not looking for anything quite like that.
    if youre just looking to upgrade, i would recommend the nvidia 6600 gt.. its around 200 bucks and its an awesome budget card, because its very cheap for its performance. its able to play the top games like halflife 2 and doom3.
    http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=324526

    what are the rest of your comp specs?

    /edit
    I just remembered this thread:
    http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=223148
    take a look at that.
     
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    Just to note - My company just bought 50 6800 gts and half were faulty. The brand we got were Msi, apparently they messed up a lot. They have promised replacements but Im sure if you buy one you dont wanna wait around for two weeks. just thought Id warn ya - you could get gainward or pny - but I dont trust em
     
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    ive always heard good things about ASUS, or eVGA, but theyre the most expensive. Or BFGs. theyre really good and OC'd to begin with im pretty sure.

    and whats your company? you sell them? because i want one....
     
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    We're a gaming cafe Im afraid. Asus are very good, in fact probably the best but you're right, they are very pricey.

    You might wanna have a look here

    http://graphics.tomshardware.com/graphic/20041004/vga_charts-04.html#3dmark_2003

    To check out some good benchmarks. As you can see the 6800 gt is ranked about 4th for most games. To be honest, unless all you do with your life is play games any version of the 6800 will do you perfectly. i was running a Creative 5600 Ultra for the last two years and it had a little trouble running Doom 3 at high spec. When we tried it with the 6800 gt (one that worked!) it was a breeze. The same with half life 2, and the source engine that runs half life 2 will be on the strongest for the forseeable future.
     
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    sorry i havnt replied in a while but i was looking around i thing im going to go with the Asus Extreme N6600 GeForce 6600 PCI Express 256MB DDR Video Card on the website you sent me its out of stock is this a card i could get at a local computer store of do i have to get if ofline and i would also like to know if this is something that i could install on my own or should i leave it to the pros cause after i buy it ima be broke so i would have to wait
     
  8. in3rt!a

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    you dont have to be a pro to install a graphics cards. its a matter of removing the one you have ( if there is one ), and installing the new one.

    however, before you remove your old one, you have to remove its drivers.

    the basic steps of installing a new card are as follows:

    -Remove your current drivers (see link below).
    -Open up your case
    -Take out your old card
    -Pop in your new one
    -Lock your case back up
    -Boot up
    -Install new drivers from the video card brand website (ATI/Nvidia) the drivers on the disk provided are usually out of date.
    -Reboot after drivers are installed
    -Enjoy


    http://www.drivercleaner.net/ ( check that out to see how to clear drivers. )

    and this card is in stock and better than that other one, for only an extra 20 bucks:
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=14-127-147&depa=0
    And youre sure you have a PCI-Express slot right?
     
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    now where can i buy this card i posted ealier because on the site you sent me its out of stock
     
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    whats a pci express slot
     
  12. in3rt!a

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    a pci express slot is different from a pci slot.
    only certain motherboards have pci-express slots. if you dont know what one is, then you probably dont have one.
    in that case, youre probably going to have to go with agp, which isnt bad, its just that pci-e is faster.

    do you know what kind of motherboard you have?
     
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    im not sure how can i find out
     
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    i have a dell dimension 3000
     
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