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  1. brien4787

    brien4787 New Member

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    I am building a computer and decided on most of my parts for the most part...
    I am not all that experienced with computer parts..

    MSI NX6600LE GeForce 6600LE - this is the card i was planning on getting.

    what do these numbers mean?
    what is the 7300GE? how does it differ from the 6600LE?
    what should i look for in a video card.

    is the 6600LE recommended? it is only like 92 bucks...
     
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    Negative not recommended.

    In nVidia, the first number is the series of the card.
    6600, 6800 etc.

    nVidia also has the 7 series
    7800.

    Now, the 6600 is not a very good performance/price card in my honest opinion you can find an equally priced ATI card for much cheaper.
    I heard that the ATI X800's have dropped in price. You may want to look into that.


    So the latest (high end) from nVidia would be the 7 series
    7800GTX, 7800GT, 7800GS (ordered from best to worst)
    The mainstream (more affordable) graphics would be the
    6800GT, 6800GS, 6600GT, 6600LE (best to worst)
    The others are not even worth looking at.

    For ati:
    Highends are: X1900, X1800, X1600
    Mainstream: X800, X600
    Budget: 9800, 9600

    You can probably see a pattern. The XTX's are better than the XTs and what not.. to tell just look at the price there is usually a gap between them.
     
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    [FONT=arial, helvetica]MSI K8N SLI-F Socket 939 is the motherboard I plan on getting which requires a PCI express video card.
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    What video card could you guys recommend me if I wanted to stay in the 100 dollarish range?

    I heard that with the 6600 at 256mb, should be okay. I am not big into gaming at all, though I would like to play CS Source, or maybe battlefield 2.
    With that motherboard, 1 GB ram, and amd 3200+ cpu, think I could play these games alright?

    Also, why is it not recommended?
     
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    The ATI X800GTO for the same price has more pixel pipes and is clocked faster.

    Sapphire X800GTO
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814102644


    Although it has less memory, I think I would still go with the ATI card.
     
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    128mb? = /
    with my 3200+, 1gb ram... would i be able to play bf2 and CS source from time to time?
     
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    I honestly thing that the 128MB version of the X800 is FAR superior to 6600LE.

    You may not be able to run it on high details but neither can the 6600 even with more memory.

    Either way its your choice,

    You can have the
    X800
    + 100mhz faster (25% faster)
    + 8-4 more pixelpipelines (2x-3x more pipelines)

    vs.

    6600
    + 128MB more memory. (50% more)

    Honesty, the 6600 w/ 256MB is like putting a gig of ram on a cheap 2.4Ghz Celeron computer.
     

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