Re: ''I see TigerDirect has a GeForce 6800 card very cheep but it is from a company that is unheard of.''
The cheapest GF 6800 card I see at TigerDirect is the XFX for $194.97 after a $30 rebate. The next cheapest 6800 is the eVGA at $214.99 after a $30 rebate. If worried about XFX then go to Newegg and get the eVGA 6800 for $4 more, $199 after the $30 rebate. NewEgg also has the GF 6800 in Apollo $209, and Leadtek $215 amoung others.
XFX is a division of Pine which was founded in 1989.
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Difference between 128MB and 256MB video cards:
As for me, I don't see spending another $100 for 256MB, but make your own decision after checking out above.
Oh, BTW, these GF6800 & 6600 in the AGP mode require a small cable internal hook up to the power supply, usually a 4 pin molex which some video cards do not supply in their box. The PCI-Express x-16 slots do not require as they have sufficient power.
Also, depending...the power supply needs to be a minimum of 300W or 350W..depending on who's ad specs you read. For instance the XFX factory on AGP GF6800 reads 300W minimum. The TigerDirect ad specs reads 350W minimum. I see the same difference in the GF 6600GT series amound different cards...ie..300W or 350W minimum.
Myself, I like the GF6600GT, 128MB, AGP, at Newegg with 4 choices for $159, but the 6800 is tempting for $30 more.
My video card recently died (Fan stopped and the GPU overheated) So I need to pick a new one and have some questions.
Is brand name important? I ask this because when I first built my PC I bought an Albatron card which died in a few months and replaced it with a BFG card (geforce fx 5600)which lasted about 2 years. I see TigerDirect has a GeForce 6800 card very cheep but it is from a company that is unheard of.
My BFG card had 256 meg of RAM, what would the differance be or what effect does having more ram on the video card have VS more motherboard ram? I use my pc for video editing and run programs such as Vegas, Poser, and Shade7. I am also looking to keep my video card costs under 200.
My pc has an MSI motherboard with 1Gig ram and an AGP slot 4X I think.
I guess my choice is name brand 6600 or noname 6800 and if it is worth spending more to find a 256meg card vs a 128.