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Topic # 14396 1-Jul-2007 23:04
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Part two of Mini series...

As a recap

I have this setup at the moment.

AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 3800+
Gigabyte Motherboard GA-M55SLI-S4    AFAIK its V1.0
Gigabyte Geforce 7600GT PCI-E 256MB (gv-nx76t256d-rh)

What would be the best idea for upgrading here?

Again money is a big object. I have seen some benchmarks that show I can buy another 7600GT and set it up in SLI and get better performance than a more expensive card used on its own.

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  Reply # 76531 1-Jul-2007 23:16
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Although it sounds like a good idea, I think you will have a lot of trouble finding a 7600GT. The 7 series GT's have all been end of life'd a while ago.

Trademe would be the best option there. What brand is yours?

You could also try getting a 7900 GS, it would give you a decent increase. You should be able to pick one up for around $300 or less

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  Reply # 76532 1-Jul-2007 23:23
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Check this one out... http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=106547576 just what you need



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  Reply # 76533 1-Jul-2007 23:27
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Cool, thanks Brad.

It is a Gigabyte.

I am not a big fan of Trademe, especially with PC hardware. But I will look around :D

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  Reply # 76555 2-Jul-2007 10:28
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Personally you're better to upgrade to a better GFX card than go SLI with what you've got especially since the M55 M/B doesn't do SLI as good as the M57 or M59 boards.

The new 8600GT cards are quite cheap and would offer a much better results than getting a second card in a SLI configuration, Dove has them for < $200 (dealer prices) at the moment, a steal really.

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  Reply # 76562 2-Jul-2007 11:21
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Yeah go with the 8600GT, Pretty awesome card, My mate has one, plays most games on really high settings, plus its HDCP compliant(for future BLU-RAY or HDDVD drives) and is DX10 and All Nvidia X600GT's seem to have the best value for money

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  Reply # 76574 2-Jul-2007 12:07
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The 8600GT does NOT support HDCP, the 8500GT and 8600GTS do.

Several manufacturers have released HDCP supporting 8600GT's but they are very limited and more expensive.

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  Reply # 76578 2-Jul-2007 12:40
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WTF? thats lame...Thought all 8 series cards did...



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Reply # 76579 2-Jul-2007 12:41
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Thanks guys :)

So a decent one to go for would be..

GV-NX86S256H

As this is directx 10 compliant, has HDCP support and has got silentpipe cooling.

Which retails around $400?



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  Reply # 76587 2-Jul-2007 13:37
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Dove was selling both the GV-NX86S256H and GV-NX86S256D for $200 at dealer prices, only difference is the HDCP, which in my opinion you will never use.



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  Reply # 76590 2-Jul-2007 13:48
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I do not want to sound rude, but it is all well and good that Dove have them for those prices but how does that help me?

You need to be a reseller to be able to buy off Dove. And even then they do not necessarily approve of resellers buying off, for personal use, at the wholesale price.

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  Reply # 76593 2-Jul-2007 14:02
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Sorry, the 8600GT (GIGABYTE NX86T256H) that has the HDCP is what i'm quoting, I say that since that's what I was looking at on my screen - no idea what you pay instore.

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  Reply # 76596 2-Jul-2007 14:25
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I wouldn't touch an 8600GT and if you are going to pay over $400 for an 8600GTS why not get an 8800GTS 320MB for a little over $100 more.

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