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Old May 16, 2007, 06:52 AM
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Hi there, i currently have a geforce? fx5600 256mb 8x agp graphics card and want to upgrade to something better as the card i have struggles with elder scrolls oblivion, help??
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Old May 18, 2007, 08:31 PM
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Depending on the rest of your system specs, and your budget, either a 7600GT, or an 8600GT or 8600 GTS. (All are NVidia)

They can all easily play any current game.

The 8600 is more expensive, but it supports Direct10X for future games.


Both are much more powerful than your current card.

More than likely, without knowing your specs, the 7600Gt would be a better match for your system.

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Old May 19, 2007, 02:28 AM
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rest of specs are:

windows xp sp2
KV2 Lite MOBO
Amd Athlon 64 3800+ cpu
120gb hd
80gb hd
anything else ?

thanks, dean
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Old May 19, 2007, 07:43 PM
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Your motherboard has an 8X AGP slot, so you'll need to make sure you only buy an AGP card, and not a PCI Xpress card (which most new cards these days are).

The rest of your specs aren't too bad, and a new card will breathe more life into it for gaming.

A 7600GT would be an ideal match, and they aren't expensive.

They can play any current game at 1280x1024 resolution, and most with detail turned up.

Easily the best value/performance mid-range card.

*Make sure it's a GT, and not an LE or SE etc, as they aren't as powerful.
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Old May 20, 2007, 03:21 AM
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which one of these then?

********search.ebay.co.uk/search/search.dll?from=R40&satitle=7600gt+agp

what does it mean DDR3?

This is spec of mobo, as you can see 5 PCI slots..

***********.ebuyer.com/UK/product/100512/rb/27960902349
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Old May 20, 2007, 05:25 PM
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PCI slots aren't the same as PCI Xpress. Two different things.

As I stated, your motherboard only has an AGP slot and not a PCI Xpress slot.

You can't use a PCI Xpress card in a PCI slot (or an AGP slot), unless you want to blow it up.



Anyway, don't know why you're buying from eBay, but that's up to you.

DDR3 is the RAM (memory) that video cards use. It's basically a high performance RAM. (all video cards use it)

All those cards are 7600GT's, and have very similar specs, so I would go for the cheapest ones.

Performance between them would be almost identical. The only difference is if you need TV out etc.
 

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