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Vic Mackey

Upgrading Time! (maybe)

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ok heres my current system:

 

AMD Athlon XP 3200+

1.5 GB Corsair XMS

Gigabyte 9800XT 256

Audigy 2 ZS

WD Raptor 74GB

 

I was thinking of upgrading the video card to either X800pro or X800XL. would my system be too slow for these cards? like bottleneck the new card? or is there a nividia suggestion? Id kinda like to stay with ATI but I would think about Nvidia also... thanks for the help :foldon:

 

 

PS. would my antec 430W PSU be strong enough for those cards?

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If I was in your situation I'd go for a new motherboard/ processor. I'm not sure, but the AXP processor may be the bottleneck of your system, if anything.

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If I was in your situation I'd go for a new motherboard/ processor. I'm not sure, but the AXP processor may be the bottleneck if your system, if anything.

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No that proc isn't bottlenecking your vid card. when i run 3dmark 03 i notice that i get way better scores when i OC my vid card. if my proc was bottlenecking my system i would see some serious gains when i run the benchmark @ stock and @ OC on the proc i mean..but i don't not as much as compared to the gains i get when i OC the vid card..I think you need like a 6800Ultra or an equivalent or in SLI before you start bottlenecking a 3200+..I read that in a maximum p c magazine..You will see some serious gains if you went with either card you mentioned.

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I say try to stick it out a little longer and upgrade this fall. Let the new ATI Crossfire stuff settle down a bit.

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there is however a bigger difference between 9800XT and X800XL

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there is however a bigger difference between 9800XT and X800XL

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:withstupid: Hold off on the CPU/mobo change and get an X800XL. You will see a bigger performance gain.

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Yes, but he will bottleneck harder on the CPU on newer games than the 9800XT 256mb. Thats NOT a slow card. That would eat alot of cards out there. I am not sure, but how does it compare to the x800 series? I am sure it would eat the x700 series, and I think it would eat a x800SE or a normal x800. Once again, I am not sure.

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Yes, but he will bottleneck harder on the CPU on newer games than the 9800XT 256mb. Thats NOT a slow card. That would eat alot of cards out there. I am not sure, but how does it compare to the x800 series? I am sure it would eat the x700 series, and I think it would eat a x800SE or a normal x800. Once again, I am not sure.

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Im pretty sure that an x800 would "eat" his current card... it may not be a "slow" card but it is not by all means top of the line anymore...

 

Anyways as has been said above I THINK that the X800 should go fine... youll see a big difference and you can upgrade your CPU and Mobo later on down the road..

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Im pretty sure that an x800 would "eat" his current card... it may not be a "slow" card but it is not by all means top of the line anymore...

 

Anyways as has been said above I THINK that the X800 should go fine... youll see a big difference and you can upgrade your CPU and Mobo later on down the road..

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If you really wanna upgrade get an x800xl now, and then later when you go 939 you can grab another one as a crossfire model and crossfire them. It would be cheaper though to wait until the r520s come out and all the dust clears with the future gen of cards.

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