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need help with my computer

by mrbananapants / December 18, 2007 10:37 PM PST

i have an emachine T6542 and I'm putting an AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Windsor, and I'm thinking about getting the 512mb EVGA GeForce 8600 GTS video card, is that a good video card to get or should i get a different one. I want a 512mb video card but my i can only spend up to $160 for the video card. Oh and i have a PCI express video card slot. Any help is appreciated.

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(NT) anyone?
by mrbananapants / December 19, 2007 1:58 AM PST
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8600gts is too expensive compared to hd3850
by ramarc / December 19, 2007 2:50 AM PST

the radeon hd3850 is almost twice as fast as an 8600gts and is $180. that's $20 above your budget, but well worth it. (and an extra 256mb won't help the 8600gts catch up to the hd3850.)
8600gts vs hd3850 benchmarks: http://www.legionhardware.com/document.php?id=704&p=1
hd3850 at newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Description=hd3850
if you can't budge on the $160 budget, here's a hd2900gt for $155. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102712 it'll run circles around the 8600gts also, but is a bit slower than the hd3850.

you'll need a new 400w or better power supply since the emachine standard power supply is below that. (the 8600gts would need a larger power supply also.) here's a 500w coolermaster unit that's $35 (before a $30 rebate): http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10005494&ref_id=4265&ref_t=Z&originid=79309593

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