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    ? for poss. upgrade GPU

    the question i have is ? i have an older system that we use and was wondering what video card might help system out some without bottlenecking the rest of the system?

    system spec's
    8rda+ ver.2.0
    xp2500 barton @ 200x11
    2x512 crutial ballistix @ 6,2,2,2,2t
    ati 9600 pro
    antec 350 psu
    win-xp pro

    system temps 36 idle, 44 load
    cpu= volcano 11
    gpu= arctic cooler
    case 4 x 120 fans

    what i want to do is see a little better frames rates in world of warcraft, current is around 32-38 with medium settings, can do better with low settings but doesnt look apealing lol

    any help ??
    thanks

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    wow things must have slowed way down around here for no replies by now lol

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    Missed this one.

    Gonna be harder to find AGP cards now. If anything, the CPU would be bottlenecking the video card.

    Do you have an ATI or Nvidia preference? A 7600GT would probably give your athlon xp all it can handle. For ATI, something like a X1650 pro

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    A 6800GT will do nicely as well. May even be a bit of overkill but it's still a nice older card, especially if you use RivaTuner to unlock all the pixel pipelines.
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    I think you mean a 6800NU. 6800GTs are already fully unlocked. The differences between a 6800GT and an Ultra are the clockspeeds and the stock cooler.

    A 7600GT or x1650 would be faster and probably easier to find.

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    Maybe I was thinking of the 6600GTs I used to use that I had to unlock. Oh well...at any rate, the 6800GT is what I had in mind. They are hard to find now, I was having a look around and they're history except for eBay. I wouldn't recommend going that route.
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    thanks guys for the input, i figured the cpu would limit the choices out there. I know its an older system, i just figured might get a little more life out of it. I have no prefrerance to either card bothe have there perks. lol i was already looking into the 7600 or the 1650 pro, so at least i know i was on the same track

    the pc runs real good so thats why i even considered a newer (old) card. I will let you all know how it goes

    thanks again

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    sorry to double post but wouldnt let me edit

    what do u think of this
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102781

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    This one would work too (cheaper especially after rebate, though it doesn't have as nice a cooler):

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814131070

    It's the exact same thing spec wise.

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    I think either card would be fine.

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    thanks again guys for the help

    i ordered the saphire card that i linked above, like the cooler a little better and im not much on the rebates seems some how i always mess something up and never get rebates lol

    thanks again, and will post back to let you know how it does

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