[quote author=ryuujin link=topic=31185.msg437494#msg437494 date=1129017880]
wow only a 1000+ for 3dmark '03? i have a 9800pro and i get around 6000 w/ an amd 64 3200+ and 1gig of ram. what resolution did u use for the benchmark? you should of went for the 6800gt if you could afford it, it looks like a better vaule. SLI is a little over rated. unless u really want the best and get a pair of $500+ vid cards. you could get 2 6600gt and have the same power as the 6800 ultra but you would have to buy the same 6000gt and the prices aren't that much of a difference anymore.
If you're a gamer try the DFI LANparty boards, you can't go wrong.
I got ~6100 ("got 1000 more"
when i put everything together.* everything is currently on default settings.* I under-volted my vid card and my artifacts went from a sandstorm to 1-3 dots; and the tearing's just about gone.* it looks like the card was over-volted on the old mobo (not sure how) so the capacitors are probably shot.
I decided to get this:* Gigabyte GV-NX66T128VP GeForce 6600 GT Turbo Force Edition PCI Express 128MB DDR3 Video Card w/HDTV-Out, DVI & VIVO Retail
looks like there's enough clearance to fit the new mobo, no fan, and has vivo so i get to toss my capture card.* I thought of getting the $70 6600 vanilla w00t card to save $100, but it'd probably be slower than the 9800.* I'll be receiving the new mobo today, so i can work on it this thursday.* I haven't had time to work on the pc yet.* I have a race pipe install, pro-kit install, oil change, and a dyno to worry about this week
.... this new setup does not feel any faster than my old one.* It wasn't like jumping from a Celeron 300A @504Mhz to an Athlon 1GHz.* I forgot how far I got to overclock that, but it had a delta 60mm fan, that was horribly loud* .... ah, good times.* Hm... let's see, I went from
2. 286sx laptop 8 or 12MHz
3. 386sx 25MHz
4. 486DX/2 60MHz 487 co-processor
5. [email protected]
6. Celeron 233
7. Celeron [email protected]
8. Athlon [email protected]
10. Athlon [email protected]
11. [email protected]
12. Athlon64 3500+
...damn with this incremental speed bumps!* I guess building a computer for the first time coming from a REALLY old one makes more of a difference than upgrading something every few months just to keep up with the software demands.* You'd only notice a gain, when you do buy something that's over $500.... but a few months later, that something becomes "bargain" and you'd have to start all over again.* Good thing car mods don't depreciate in value as fast.