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Calle
07-26-2005, 07:20 PM
I'm buying (finally) a new computer next week and I've found two alternatives that I want, but I cannot decide which. I really can't. I'm mostly doing modelling but I also do texturing (with alot of test renderings) and gaming. Which one do you think will suit me best? I need to buy the stuff next week and I don't want spend more money than this. Thanks!


AMD X2 4200+ $525
Geforce 6800 GT $305
2Gb memory $200
= $1030

AMD 64 3800+ $350
Geforce 7800 GTX $500
2Gb memory $200
= $1050

Maven
07-26-2005, 08:14 PM
need more info.

what's the type and speed of the memory and what kind of mother boards do these setups have?

MadMax
07-26-2005, 08:15 PM
I'm buying (finally) a new computer next week and I've found two alternatives that I want, but I cannot decide which. I really can't. I'm mostly doing modelling but I also do texturing (with alot of test renderings) and gaming. Which one do you think will suit me best? I need to buy the stuff next week and I don't want spend more money than this. Thanks!


AMD X2 4200+ $525
Geforce 6800 GT $305
2Gb memory $200
= $1030

AMD 64 3800+ $350
Geforce 7800 GTX $500
2Gb memory $200
= $1050

I'd go for the first one.

FYI, Newegg and their one day sales have the 68000 GT 256mb for 253.00, today only.

novadude
07-26-2005, 08:23 PM
We need a sticky for this, but until that happens I'll say it again: Wait for the 3800+ X2 which will be out next week, and in your budget.

MadMax
07-26-2005, 08:35 PM
We need a sticky for this, but until that happens I'll say it again: Wait for the 3800+ X2 which will be out next week, and in your budget.

but who say he wants a slower CPU? The 4200 fit the budget he said he didn't want to go over.

novadude
07-26-2005, 08:43 PM
but who say he wants a slower CPU? The 4200 fit the budget he said he didn't want to go over.

He said he games so the 7800GTX will blow the 6800GT away, and we all know that he should be able to get a good enough OC out of the AMD chips to make up for the slight decrease in rated speed without much work/danger.

MadMax
07-26-2005, 08:54 PM
He said he games so the 7800GTX will blow the 6800GT away, and we all know that he should be able to get a good enough OC out of the AMD chips to make up for the slight decrease in rated speed without much work/danger.

good points.

Arrghman
07-26-2005, 09:19 PM
but who say he wants a slower CPU? The 4200 fit the budget he said he didn't want to go over.

It may be slower, but it's also dual core which, depending on how it's being used, might be worth it.

lots
07-26-2005, 11:04 PM
They're talking about the 3800 X2 that is soon to be released.

I would go for the X2 3800+ to save some cash, and the 7800GTX. Then OC the 3800 to 4200 speeds or higher. Though, the 6800GT is a great card, and less than half the price, and offers the same feature set, minus one or two things, as the 7800GTX.

catamount
07-26-2005, 11:09 PM
7800 GTX is equivalent of 2X 6800GT's

says it all. and if 3800 X2 is out. that is your better bet.

lv-88
07-27-2005, 09:37 PM
agree, go with the x2 3800+ and 7800gtx, overclocking the cpu to a x2 4200-4400+ should work without any problems at all ;)

Calle
07-27-2005, 09:59 PM
Thanks. I didn't know about the new X2 3800 but that will certainly be my best choice. Hopefully it will be out when they say it will. Always good to ask here first before you buy stuff. :)

lots
07-27-2005, 10:12 PM
7800 GTX is equivalent of 2X 6800GT's

says it all. and if 3800 X2 is out. that is your better bet.

Actually it beats out two 6800 Ultras in SLI in most cases. However, the feature set of the 7800GTX is not any different than the Geforce 6 series cards, except for enhancements to what was already there. Which is what I was saying.

Also, because of the way the 7800GTX is designed (hardly any improvements to the polygon pushing engine, but loads to the DirectX pixel shader units), it may not even yeild very different results in 3D apps than a 6800GT/Ultra already offers. I havn't seen numbers, but my initial hunch would tell me there is hardly any variation. And the differences that do exists are due mostly to the faster running, and more effieciently designed core of the 7800.

I can be wrong, but from what I can tell, the majority of enhancements on the 7800GTX are for directx performance. More pixel shader pipelines for example.

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