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Buying tomorrow, help me decide!

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by sirp, 12 May 2006.

  1. sirp

    Gangster

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 372

    off to buy some bits tomorrow, finally decided to upgrade to PCIE..so close to decision, help me make my mind up please :)

    currently running a [email protected] and 6800GT AGP :(
    GEIL 1gig DDR ram, so will reuse this ram. I have looked at CPU benchmarks for gaming (my use) and there is not much in it between CPUs, where as the GPU makes a big difference.

    Thinking of:

    Asus A8N-SLi SE nForce4 SLi (Socket 939) PCI-Express Motherboard
    AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Venice 90nm (Socket 939) - OEM (CP-131-AM)
    Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro CPU Cooler (Socket 754/939/940)

    OcUK GeForce 7900 GT 256MB GDDR3 TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail

    OR

    Sapphire ATI Radeon X1800 XT 256MB GDDR3 AVIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (GX-121-SP)

    regarding the GPU, i was all for the ATI, but not like the threads i have read on the problems people have had, which seem high in s short space of time. Therefore, the 7900GT is pulling me in.

    Overall, this upgrade seems to be the best i can come up with for the performance/pound.

    cheers, advise away
     
  2. Naffa

    Capodecina

    Joined: 4 Sep 2005

    Posts: 11,455

    Location: Bristol

    Whats the total budget?
     
  3. quadboi

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    7900gt for the win
     
  4. The Running Man

    Caporegime

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 36,807

    Location: block 16, cell 12

    DFI Ultra D £70
    AMD 3700+ San Diego (get the 1mb cache job) £120?
    7900GT £200

    better setup imo.
     
  5. sirp

    Gangster

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 372

    budget, well..that lot is circa 360, so about that really, not wanting to spend much more really.

    the 3700 is a better chip yes, but when i have compared CPU benchmarks in gaming, we are talking about 10 percent tops, compared to about 40 percent pound increase; from what i have read. I only game at 1280 res.

    is the DFi board better than the ASUS board then, im not an overclocking nutcase, just ocassional one :D
     
  6. trojan698

    Soldato

    Joined: 21 Oct 2005

    Posts: 5,484

    Location: Edinburgh

    If he gets a 2nd hand board..

    Regarding the X1800XT's, it's probably got more to do with the quantity that have been sold of late, what with the special offer being on and all. Apparently if you're running at stock, you're best with the x1800xt, and if overclocking, go for the 7900gt.
     
  7. The Running Man

    Caporegime

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 36,807

    Location: block 16, cell 12

    k go for a;

    AMD Opteron 64 146 Socket939 , Venus Core, 2.0GHz , 1MB Cache, OEM

    i just think that 1mb cpu cache will be a bit better than 512kb....i havce a winchester 3000+, and i want rid lol. (check the opteron works okay with standard mobos)

    i was never sure about DFI, i had a gigabyte before, and an Aboit before that.

    the DFI is the bets board ive ever had
     
  8. trojan698

    Soldato

    Joined: 21 Oct 2005

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    Location: Edinburgh

    The DFI is better if you're overclocking, yeah. It's also just a great board and imo worth the extra cash. The 10% increase when the CPU is running at stock, however when overclocking, some 3700's are hitting 3Ghz.
     
  9. sirp

    Gangster

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 372

    i'd love a 3700, but its 50 notes more :( and my GEIL ram might be cack for all i know :)

    im only a part-time overclocker, so im buying with stock in mind really

    regarding the XT cards, and issues..i just don't want to end up with a dud ( i know it can happen with any kit). Are the 7900GT easy to overclock a bit, without any mods?

    i'm finding this hard to decide, too many opinions eh :)

    the opteron, not considered that, but if i was, maybe the 3700 would be better for me at stock.
     
  10. Artheas

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 15 Mar 2006

    Posts: 2,124

    The A8n is more than capable of overclocking and frankly, suits the needs for the majority of ppl.


    The 7900 GT was fun to volt mod, but even if you dont do that, you'll still get a large overclock from the OCUK cards. Ridiculously easy to overclock if you're just using software like ATI tool.
     
  11. pcknight

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    Do all the brands of the 7900 clock well or are some worth staying clear of?
     
  12. ACESHIGH

    Mobster

    Joined: 17 Aug 2005

    Posts: 4,297

    Quite a few people stating their 7900GT cards are very loud lately.

    The X1800XT is quicker & would be the card i would choose.
    Great overclocker too.
     
  13. sirp

    Gangster

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 372

    well..i bought the 3200 venice, and the X1800XT in the end, and upgraded to 2 gig ram

    almost finished the install..YAWN!

    battlefield 2 looks/runs good with everything turned on high, hurrah!

    so far, happy