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    Card melted so looking for new one

    Hi everyone,

    My Geforce 6800GT overheated due too dust preventing the fan from spinning. Now I can't give you exact details on what is in my pc seeing as I don't have a spare card to operate it. This message is being typed from my laptop.

    My current setup:
    ATHLON 64 3500+ 2.2GHZ
    Kingston 1GB DDR PC400/C3200 CL3 VALUERAM DIMM NS
    ASUS Pe16 Geforce 6800GT 256DDR3 TV/Out 2DVI-I 2V

    I'm looking to buy an extra 1GB and invest in a new graphics card.
    What should be a wise investment if I'm looking to play games like C&C3, Splinter Cell: Double Agent and such.

    I was pretty pleased with my 6800GT so is it enough if I just upgrade to a 8600GT or so? Or would my processor not take full advantage of this?

    Thanks for your help.

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    I'm sure an 8600GT would run healthily on any computer, and I think that, 2GB of RAM and an Athlon64 should run okay.

    I say spend a little extra and get an 8600GTS.
    I don't think it's worth getting a DX9 card, the DX10 performance equivalents are almost just as cheap, and you're future-proofing yourself, even if you won't play DX10 games for another year or so.
    Even if your current PC is bottlenecking it, you can always use it in a future build.
    Is it an AM2 motherboard? It could be worth getting an Athlon X2 to go with your current setup, or probably consider it for a future upgrade, and they aren't really expensive either.

    You should notice a huge difference from a 6800GT to an 8600GT or GTS, no matter what CPU you're running.


    And that's too bad about your 6800, even now, the 6800's still a pretty decent card.
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    If you can afford it, go with a 8600GTS.
    A 8600GT wont give you many more FPS than your 6800GT did.

    Have you dusted your 6800GT? Your computer will usually restart or shutdown when the GPU reaches its temperture threshold; and the GPU usually isnt damaged. Clean it up and see how things run before buying anything.

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    Since he's running ddr400 it would either be a 939 or a 754 board.

    Since you are looking at an 8600 I am assuming that you have a PCIe capable mobo. The 8600 would be a good mid-range choice, though you will want to make sure that your current power supply has enough amps and watts to power it.
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    Well if it was powering a 6800gt fine, it will have zero problems powering an 8600 series.
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    Quote Originally Posted by carl33p View Post
    If you can afford it, go with a 8600GTS.
    A 8600GT wont give you many more FPS than your 6800GT did.
    Strange that a card (8600GT) which is 2 generations further won't give me more FPS but then again I'm a noob when it comes to this stuff.

    BTW: Thx for all the replies

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    Actually the 8600gt would definetely have noticeable increases over the 6* series. Don't know why carl thinks otherwise
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    Seeing as the 8600GTS is far superior to the 8600GT and the price isn't that much higher I'm opting for the GTS. The only thing that I can't figure out. In the following review there are 3 different GTS and my store only provides one alternative


    Bartender's Report Sparkle 8600GT
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    Bartender's Report Gainward 8600GTS
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    Bartender's Report Sparkle 8600GTS
    http://www.theinquirer.net/images/articles/Beer08.jpgReviewed and tested by Davor Baksa and Theo Valich
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    Those are just different manufacturers. In essence, all of them are the same card.

    Quote Originally Posted by SoloCamo View Post
    Actually the 8600gt would definetely have noticeable increases over the 6* series. Don't know why carl thinks otherwise
    In an earlier thread, he linked some bnechmarks that make it out to compare with a 7600GT, while anandtech's benchmarks rates it closer to a 7900GS. If anyone remembers back when, there was big hype about the 7600GT. And benchmarks placed it well above a 6800GT.

    So I've been wondering the same thing Solo
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    So the difference between the manufactures is not very important? Considering price and spec.

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    The only difference is a few MHz on the core and mem clocks, which only affect performance by a few FPS at best.

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    Some brands have better cooling, are quieter, some are even smaller, or so they say. But the performance difference will not be noticeable.

    The only real difference between the cards is some overclock better. That, and warranty/price/support.

    (In comment to the 7600GT: 7600'S RULE)
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    Quote Originally Posted by carl33p View Post
    If you can afford it, go with a 8600GTS.
    A 8600GT wont give you many more FPS than your 6800GT did.

    Have you dusted your 6800GT? Your computer will usually restart or shutdown when the GPU reaches its temperture threshold; and the GPU usually isnt damaged. Clean it up and see how things run before buying anything.

    Welcome to TechIMO.
    And you got this wrong information from??? An 8600GT will wipe the floor with a 6800GT.
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    Different manufacturers

    Hi,

    I'm looking to buy a 8600GTS by Nvidia but when I looked for it on pixmania it showed a number of different manufacturers who provided this card.

    I checked the specs and they were the same but the price however:
    for an ASUS I would pay 147.90 (click price for link to pixmania for specs)
    for a Gigabyte I would pay 119 (click price for link to pixmania for specs)

    Now that's quite a difference in price. Now some people tell me that the manufacturers which offer lower prices would not provide the specs which are mentioned on the box. Other people tell me there is just a difference in layout and such.

    Should I be afraid of buying the card from Gigabyte or not?

    Thanks in advance for your reply
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    They are virtually the same cards. They each have 675/2000MHz core/memory timings. Dual DVI ports and 1 HDTV ports. Performance wise they are identical. The only real difference is in the cooler designs as the Gigabyte is passively cooled which I hear works very well. Both manufacturers are very reliable.
    You should have no problems if you get the Gigabyte card.
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