Hey guys, i've had my Geforce 6800 for a lil while and I like it a lot. I was wondering if anyone knows how much better the 7800 is compared to it and if you know a site where they show comparing screenies that would help too. Thanks guys.
It would probably be a good move to upgrade, considering a 5200 fx is pretty weak compared to newer cards, and is definately holding your system back from playing the newest games at there best quality.Fire Phoenix said:I have 1 gb ram, 250 gb hd, 3.4 ghz intel p 4 and a nvidia 5200 fx. Do you think that it would be wise to upgrade to a 6800 or a 7800? Or neither?
If you still want the latest, but not the greatest, go for a 7800GT. 7800s really shine in the extreme resolutions due to a physical limitation for older cards :X. But yea, an x800 or 6800 will be fine for now.frsrblch said:How the hell did a 5200 end up with a system like that? Methinks you got shafted. Wouldnt be a Dell, by any chance, would it?
I recently upgraded to a 9800 from my 5200. I needed a new power supply as 250W didnt cut it anymore, but the power! It is benchmarked at 3-4 times faster than the 5200 on Toms Hardware and I believe it. I went from a 2 to 4 digit 3DMark score (along with an extra gig of RAM ).
Id say go with something thats been out for a while. Its not the latest and greatest, but thats the point. The longer you dont buy that card the less it costs. Going with an x850 rather than a 7800. You could get the x850 for 2/3 the price of a 7800 (eBay ftw, see below), and itll be between the 6800 and 7800 in performance. If youre set on a 7800 though, wait for ATIs new model, due sometime in Q4. Competition will cause the 7800 to drop in price.
Just dont be a fool and get caught up in the latest and greatest, youll only waste your money and end up kicking yourself when you see what you could have saved.
If you knew your "interiour" of your pc, then you know that installing a videocard is no problem at all.Fire Phoenix said:Meh, I hope this thread isn't dead. Ok. So yes, I do have a limit. I'd like to keep it with in a $500 price range. Anything over $550 is way too much for me.
If I may ask. What is the difference b/w the 6800 and the 7800 other then one is a bigger number. And more importantly which one has a better price for what it can do. (Of course I'm sure time has something to do with it)
And on last thing. Is it hard to install a video card? I mean. I know the interior of a computer pretty well (not as well as some people on these boards though) and i know i could take out my video card and replace it with a new one. I just don't know if I have to take any special precautions or anything. I was thinking of going to best buy to get a new card. Or do you think that I should get it somewhere else? (don't tell me online- taxes kill you and shipping too)