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    Latest and greatest

    Ok I have to admit I've been out of the game for a good six months but it's upgrade time again, the old beast isn't handling the latest games like it should.

    I really do have no clue so can somebody give me a brief overview of the current component market, graphics card, mainboard and cpu i'm talking here.

    Budget isn't specific so all ranges please, I know it's a lot to ask but I would really appreciate it.

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    Re: Latest and greatest

    I just gave vinzalf some advice in this thread:

    http://www.tacticalgamer.com/showthread.php?t=11181

    there is a lot of suggestions in there on mobo cpu, hard drive, and memory. go for a radeon 9800 pro (dont bother for the xt, it only gives 5-7 fps more and the extra $$$ is not worth it in this price range.) or the x800xt. the x800xt will cost you as much as all the other components, but you will get 2 to 3 years of future proofing from it.
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    Re: Latest and greatest

    Ah thanks, didn't read that one

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    Re: Latest and greatest

    normal 6800 might be a better buy than a 9800pro.....
    From Adam Webb

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    Re: Latest and greatest

    you mean the nvidia right?
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    Re: Latest and greatest

    Quote Originally Posted by Overlag
    normal 6800 might be a better buy than a 9800pro.....

    good point

    its PS3 ready, and it runs at same speed.

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    Re: Latest and greatest

    dont let speed be your guide.... the 3200+ athlon is a 2.2 ghz chip, and compares nicely to a 3.2 ghz intel.
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    Re: Latest and greatest

    Quote Originally Posted by =DdogG=
    dont let speed be your guide.... the 3200+ athlon is a 2.2 ghz chip, and compares nicely to a 3.2 ghz intel.
    And the Athlon XP 2500+ Barton EASILY overclocks to 2.2GHz and is half the price of the 3200+.

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    Re: Latest and greatest

    Quote Originally Posted by =DdogG=
    you mean the nvidia right?
    yes......

    Nvidia have finaly made a product worth our money
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    but the noise and/or size turn me off..... if they could get it the same as the ati.... I would consider it, but ati still has an all around better product right now.
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    noise was only a problem with FX family cards, which was taken care off later on. The size, yeah i think they still use the adjacent PCI slot.

    oh yeah and you're right about the speed, 9500 pro owns 9600 pro, even thought 9500pro is 125mhz slower.

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    Re: Latest and greatest

    Quote Originally Posted by =DdogG=
    but ati still has an all around better product right now.
    actually NVidia is ahead or the same, according to all the benchmarks, except one i think heh

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    Re: Latest and greatest

    nvidia might be *SLIGHTLY* faster in like just doom3, but its a big, bulky powermad, hot and loud card, compaired to ATI's compact design. and the 6800s reference design uses 1.5 slots...you cant use the slot under it, but u can use the backing plate for extra usb ports etc, which are included with many motherboards these days. I think the Asus has a single slot design though

    the 6800 non ultra would be a better buy than a 9800 or 9800xt though. and only a couple of $$$ more.
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    Re: Latest and greatest

    Quote Originally Posted by asch
    And the Athlon XP 2500+ Barton EASILY overclocks to 2.2GHz and is half the price of the 3200+.

    I did the same thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patorean
    I did the same thing.
    or even higher

    mine peaked at 2500mhz....only does 2200 now though
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