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    I'm still in a jam

    I'll post some benchies. Hopefully it's not bottlenecked by my CPU.
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    I'm still in a jam

    I'm still in a jam about which card to buy. My options are 8800GS, 8800GT, 8800GTS 320MB, 9600GT and from ATi, the 3850/70. I still haven't bought a new motherboard, but if I want to go with an SLi setup, I'd have to buy a new mobo that supports SLi and a new processor, but I'll be able to use the 2 cards in my current setup for the mean time. If I go CrossfireX, I would just have to buy a new mobo, but would only be able to use 1 card for the mean time. I'm really doing my research about these cards. I'm curious about the 8800GS because of it's structure, it seems promising. The 8800GTS 320MB is cheap as hell right now and that's a good amount of memory. For the record, I get 30-50 FPS on CoD4 at 1920x1080 on my 8600GTS at max settings, so I wonder what these cards will give me. The 8800GT is the new black, it seems to be the video card standard now, and the 9600GT is out, and it performs better than the 8800GS so they say, but just as good as the 8800GT. The only reason why I'm looking at those specific ATi cards is because they have 320SP's and they're dirt cheap and they seem like they out perform the 8800GT/GS on paper. Which of these cards would give me the best performance in my current rig?
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    I'm still in a jam

    I ordered an EVGA 9600GT. I'll step up if/when the 9800 series comes out. Hopefully I'll still be able to step up by that time. It sucks I have to wait until Mon-Wed for my card to come .
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    I'm still in a jam

    Well, I was thinking about getting the 8800GT or the 9600GT. The 9600GT is reasonably priced at newegg right now.
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    The AMD 3GHz Club

    Ooo, I wanna join in the fun . What programs do I gotta use?
  6. I need to get some help on this, ASAP please!!! I'm currently "flashing" my GPU's BIOS. I followed every step, made the MS-DOS boot floppy, added in the nvflash files, the new BIOS and a copy of the old BIOS. The boot started, 'A:>' popped up, I typed nvflash -4 -5 -6 new BIOS.rom and it stopped there and the FDD just kept buzzing. I restarted it, typed in the same thing, but just nvflash and its doing the same thing; buzzing with no new command prompt. It's been buzzing for the past 3 minutes and nothing's happening. How long's it supposed to take to flash? What do I do? Please help! I read a thread that it's possible to flash your BIOS to a certain clock to make the computer read it as an 8600GTS, so I'm going to try it. If it doesn't work, then at least I'll have a good clocked GPU.
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    Need Computer CASE

    Well, I don't know how I'll be able to ship it. There are other cases with dual 260mm fans, lol. I need to get a replacement for the case I have.
  8. Ususally when you flash the BIOS of the card to another cards BIOS, you might unlock SP's and stuff. More potential. It's not only making your card more stable for overclocks, but gives a bit of a performance boost. My original BIOS was a Foxconn 8600GT 256MB which wouldn't take a core speed faster than 545MHz, so I flashed it to an XFX 8600GT XXX and now I have a stable clock at 620MHz with the shader clock at 1450MHz and the memory at 800MHz. Yeah, I get a little artifact here or there, but games to hiccup or crash. Besides, if you know what you're doing when you're going to flash a GPU BIOS, you always know to back up the original. And you always change the voltage on the new BIOS from 1.2V to 1.32V, it doesn't hurt to raise your PCI-E voltage in your BIOS either, just as long as it's not a rediculous ammount .
  9. Hey, cracking CPUs, modding GPU and mobo BIOS's is the new thing now! I do it carelessly because I take extreme precautionary steps .
  10. Sorry for the late reply. The card has to have the same exact physical qualities. Meaning, same memory-bit interface and same ammount of VRAM. I don't know if you can flash DX9 cards to be DX10, I never heard of that yet. Since your card is a 256-bit interface, it will be hard flashing it to an 8600GTS, those only have 128-bit interfaces. If you wait untill October 29th, you can flash your card to an 8800GT (those cards will have 256, 512, or [maybe] 1024MB or VRAM and a 256-bit interface) and you will have 8800GT stuff on a 7950GT.
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    Need Computer CASE

    Would you take a case that has a mesh side window with a 260mm fan on the side? You could see everything from the inside, even with the giagantic fan blowing. It has room for a 120mm in the front and back.
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    F/S & WTB thread, updated!

    I'll give you the SB Audigy 2 Platinum Pro button interface for the RAM .
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    epower ZU-550W power supply.

    I have this same PSU, excellent quality. I recommend it for people who want a good PSU with 2x 6 pin PCI-E connectors. I love the turbo fan button, too . It glows a strong blue color. Bump
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    Gonna paint my case

    If you're going to use spray paint, use Krylon Acrylic or Montana Cans (which are used for tagging for their excellent can pressure and results.)
  15. Here are the BIOS files and utilities. Nvflash, NiBiTor, and whatever else. http://www.mvktech.net/component/option,co...tory/Itemid,26/
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    8600GT Overclock

    Hi, I've been trying to find the problem with my GPU since I started OC'ing my sig rig. The stock clock is 540(newegg says 550)/700. When ever I would clock, even just to 550, the game would freeze, then close to the desktop. Stress tests would crash and I'd have to restart. BUT when I OC my memory, I don't have a problem. I have my memory to 850MHz and have to leave my core to 540MHz. I've tried dropping my memory clock to 400 and trying to get at least 570MHz for my core and it doesn't happen. I thought the "core speed is king than memory" applied to GPU's also. I clocked my PCI-E bus from 2500Mhz to 3500MHz and raised my voltages to 0.275V. I RMA'd my old card for a new one in hopes of getting a stronger silicon chip to OC higher but alas, I have the same problem. Does anyone have any idea what could be happening?
  17. Flashing from a Foxconn 8600GT to an XFX 8600GTS XXX was a great idea! The lowest FPS I get in the F.E.A.R. stress test on max is 20, compared to 15 with my old BIOS. Even though ATItool detects a few artifacts, it doesn't bother my games, they don't CTD, and I don't BSOD compared to when I used to overclock the stock BIOS. I'm going to flash to a much faster 8600GTS. My card doesn't even heat up, it's cool to the touch. Now, I just need something to monitor my GPU's temps (not nVtools..). I won't flash to a card with a different arcitechture though. I don't want to kill it, lol. At least I can now sell my card for a good used GTS price .
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    interesting custom case

    Here's another off the wall wooden/stain glass PC
  19. So I can watch (for example) Married with Children on my computer? I just need the card in my PC, and my monitor connected to my GPU and bam, I'm G2G?
  20. Ok, I successfully flashed my Foxconn 8600GT to an XFX 8600GTS XXX. Is it possible to flash my card to a (let's say) 7950GT's BIOS so my card will have a 256-bit interface?
  21. The SB Audigy 2, does it come with the bezel control? And the TV tuners let you watch TV through your monitor or do you need to plug a TV into it?
  22. So if the original BIOS is named like bios4.rom, I should make a copy, edit that file and then try to flash it?
  23. Electrical tape works fine. I used it; my case's ventilation is way better. Not so much cable clutter and I don't have that nasty rainbow look in my case. Now, to get rid of the ugly, gritty, gray color inside the chasis.
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    WTB: 8800 series card.

    PMed
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    8600GT Overclock

    Ok, nTune reads it as 3500. I guess it multiplies it or something. But in my BIOS, it's at 140. I set it back to 110 because it wouldn't let me run in x16 lanes. Other than that, I set the voltage up and my GPU core just craps out on me, my memory goes up to 850MHz. If I OC the core, whatever game is running closes to my desktop, video stress tests freeze for minutes then continue with alot of artifacts and tearing. This happens if I even OC more than 3MHz on the core.
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