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Best Graphics card to replace 6600GT

k.inglis Avatar
8y, 11m agoPosted 8 years, 11 months ago
I am looking to replace my sons graphics card in the near future, but dont have a clue what to replace it with.

He currently has a 6600GT but this is now not good enough to play games like Crysis.

He has a Targa AN64 3700+ and the spec is:

Processor/cooler: AMD Athlon64 3700+ with HyperTransport, 1024 KB L2
cache, Socket 939, hypertransport 1000, EKL super silent
cooler (copper/ aluminium technology)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-K8NF 9-SI (Targa Edition)

Memory: 1.024 MByte DDR-RAM PC 3200 (DDR 400) Dual Channel (2
x 512 MByte), extendable up to 4 GByte DDR-RAM

Graphics: Gigabyte NVIDIA® GeForce 6600® GT with Silent Pipe.
128 MB, Direct X9, Double Monitoring, PCI Express, Analog
Out and DVI-I out, YUV component out, S-Video and
composite out

Audio: Realtek® ALC 850 Audio AC´97 Codec 7.1 digital sound
with analog outputs and inputs and digital SPDIF In & Out.
Stereo loudspeaker and headset included


Harddisks: 400 GByte HDD capacity (2 x200 GB)Seagate® with 7.200
rpm, 8 MB cache, SATA connection, fluid bearing

None of this makes any sense to me, I was hoping that some of you gaming experts out there could be of some help :santa:
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8y, 11m agoPosted 8 years, 11 months ago
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#1
Think your board will be AGP which narrows it down allot.
Latest chipset ATI 256MB 2600XT about £65. BUT!!!

Looking at that system you won't get crysis running well at all there is no system out there that can run it at full detail full res. I have a dual core, 4GB ram and a 320mb 8800GTS and still only get medium settings.

Hope this helps.
#2
Depends on his power supply, on his budget, on the size of his case
#4


Thanks for the link, this is a really useful site. I will also have to check out the power supply to see which one he has.

Many thanks to those who took the time to reply. :santa:
#5
Hi there,

Getting the right graphics card depends on budget so how much are you prepared to spend?

The best bang for buck at the moment has to be the Nvidia 8800GT closely followed buy the slightly cheaper and slightly slower ATI HD3870.

8800GT click here for example

ATI 3870 click here for example.

Review of 3870 vs 8800GT....crysis review on page 3

These 2 examples are by no means the cheapest out there and there are different configurations between manufacturers but they should give you a starting point....If £170.00 isn't your idea of a decent price then come back to us with a budget and we can try and help.
#6
fuzzynavel
Hi there,

Getting the right graphics card depends on budget so how much are you prepared to spend?

The best bang for buck at the moment has to be the Nvidia 8800GT closely followed buy the slightly cheaper and slightly slower ATI HD3870.

8800GT click here for example

ATI 3870 click here for example.

Review of 3870 vs 8800GT....crysis review on page 3

These 2 examples are by no means the cheapest out there and there are different configurations between manufacturers but they should give you a starting point....If £170.00 isn't your idea of a decent price then come back to us with a budget and we can try and help.


Sorry for the late reply since this site has changed I am totally lost!

I wasn't thinking of spending as much as £170, perhaps around the £100 mark really. It is also dependant on whether my son can contribute with some xmas money or not! although he has said he would like to play crysis, based on the comments I have read so far he is going to need something as powerful as the 8800gt if not more so. I will check out the links you have provided, thanks for all your help :santa:
#7
Perhaps the 8600GTS? The budget you specify means either a last generation performance card (you can get a 7900GT on ebuyer for less than £100) or a lower range current generation card like the 8600GTS.

Edit: I noticed you are running 1GB of RAM. Upgrading to 2GB would be a big help in running new games.
#8
robovski
Perhaps the 8600GTS? The budget you specify means either a last generation performance card (you can get a 7900GT on ebuyer for less than £100) or a lower range current generation card like the 8600GTS.

Edit: I noticed you are running 1GB of RAM. Upgrading to 2GB would be a big help in running new games.


Thanks for the advice, are there any points that I should be aware of when buying more ram, and could you recommend any sites that are reasonablly priced.

As far as the graphics card is concerned I have talked it over with my son, I think we will probably split the cost and go for the 8800gt perhaps in the new year (there may even be some sales then) well I can hope :santa:
#9
Here is a link to some RAM prices at Ebuyer click

It looks like you have 4 memory slots so in theory you could go for the Crucial 1GB kit @ £34.22,however if there are different brands of RAM used it can cause conflicts(I had this problem).It may not happen of course but if it does you might be better going for 2 x 1GB,maybe the Corsair at £36.99 each or 2 X Crucial 1GB kits as mentioned before.
If you go down the latter route you could probably sell the RAM you already have to offset the cost.

Crucial and Corsair are both decent quality RAM.
#10
if its agp go for the ati 1950xt agp.. if its PCI-X you got then get the new 8800GTS 512 not much more than the new GT but way better performance
#11
All the references I've seen to that motherboard are its PCI Express which is good and gives you a greater range to choose from.

I've just done the same and upgraded from 6600GT to a ATI 1950PRO which play COD4 beautifully and crysis nicely - COD4 actually looked better on that setup - Crysis eye candies were obviosly mostly turned off. But that had just broke so I've now gone for a 8800GT from ebuyer I got the INNO3D overclocked edition for 162 quid - the cheapest 8800GTS 512MB is 210. The rest of my computer is a year old so dont think its worth going above that as reckon the other components will cause bottlenecks. The card I bought is now 180 but the Ebuyer still has the cheapest 8800Gt I can find in stock http://www.ebuyer.com/product/134393 I will give crysis another shot when I've got my 8800GT !
#12
Oh and check if you have room for a double slot card - the 8800 GTS 512 is double width and you may not have room.

Be aware also there are older 8800 GTS's with 320 and 640MB of memory - these are older and slower than the GT but are still more expensive ?!
#13
bigdannyb
Oh and check if you have room for a double slot card - the 8800 GTS 512 is double width and you may not have room.

Be aware also there are older 8800 GTS's with 320 and 640MB of memory - these are older and slower than the GT but are still more expensive ?!


Thanks for all the replys guys, you've certainly given me a lot to think about, I will check out the slots in his computer tomorrow when he is in school, and get back to you when I have done the deed (as it were)

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