So this summer Im going to upgrade my video card without having to upgrade my cpu mabey ill be getting more ram and Im getting a new PSU mainly becuase of the new FPS coming up like Prey,HL 2 E1, UT 2007. Here is my computer 3 GHz P4 768 MB DDR 6600 GT 128 MB PCI Express I was considering the 7800 GT but It might be to fast for my CPU will mabey a 7600 GT be a better choice for my computer?
I've got a very similar setup to yours, however I have 1024 mb DDR and instead of a PCI Express, mine is just AGP. If you've got a PCI Express slot as you say you do, I'd recommend going with something like this XFX GeForce 7900 GT Extreme. Why 7900 instead of 7800? Well, from my knowledge of them, the 7900 has 24 pipelines whereas the 7800 has 20, but yours only has 8. This alone should show you an extreme graphical gain, and it's only $300, which is not too bad. Also, I'm not sure about your 6600 GT, but mine is made by MSI, and its core clock speed is 500 mhz and my memory clock is 1000 mhz, the 7900 GT's core clock speed is 520 mhz, and it's memory clock is 1500 mhz. If you have another $100 to spare, you could go with this 7900 GT made by eVGA which has a 600 mhz core clock and 1600 mhz memory clock, which is supposedly the fastest out there for a 7900 GT. Any of these cards should show quite an increase in performance, but make sure your power supply can power these monsters, especially if you plan on doing an SLI setup, which I would recommend. Hope this helps! :) P.S. If anything I've said here's incorrect, forgive me, as I've said before, I'm not the most knowledgable with these, but hopefully this helps some.
well the 7900 GT might bottneck my cpu to hell and back, so I guess the 7600 GT will be better for price and profromace for my computer.
What res do you game at?
Well, it's not like you have a 2.0 or something, 3.0's are plently strong enough for a 7900 GT.
well, a 7900gt would be good at 1280*1024 with your cpu. Can you get a higher res? I think the 7900's are cheaper than 7800's for some reason...
You could run a 7900GT on your system with no bottlenecking from your processor. Your RAM on the other hand needs upgrading. If you have 768MB of RAM, you aren't running it in dual-channel and thats not good. Go with a 7900GT and two new matched 512MB sticks of RAM. If you can't afford that, a 7800GT with new RAM is better in the long run than a 7900GT and no RAM.
My monitor gose up to 1280*1024 its a 17" CTR and it kinda gose in wide screen and I dont like that so 1024*768 is the res I play my games at and mabey somtimes 1156*868 if possible. BTW I want to aviod 7900 GTs because of the small heatsink but the 7800 GT has a much nicer heatsink that dosent look cheap and will not overheat by next year. So my question is will a 7600 GT mabey be better than a 7800 GT for my pc?
NO. A 7800gt will own the 7600gt