View Full Version : New video card will this be good enough?

05-20-2008, 09:29 PM
I have a system I built 3 yrs ago the specs are..
Rosewill rp500 psu 500w
AMD Athlon 64 3500+
MSI K8N Neo4/SLI 939 mobo
2 gigs of pc3200 gskill
MSI NX6600GT 128mb PCIE

If I upgraded to a 8600gt with 512MB do you think I could run COD4 without any issues?
This is the card im thinking about

Or do I just need to upgrade my mobo and processor also? If so I will prob just keep it how it is since im not a big pc gammer but I want to play COD4 on the PC.

05-21-2008, 01:30 AM
The 8600 GT will run the game, but you're going to probably be a little disappointed if you're expecting great performance. The 8600 GT is using the out of date G90 GPU and has slower memory... basically it's an entry level gaming card that is also obsolete.
Go for the 8800 GT which you can get for under $200. Tigerdirect.com has the xfx verision for $179.99
Failing that, you can go with the 9600 gt, which is still an entry-level gaming card but for under $150 (http://www.pricegrabber.com/user_sales_getprod.php?masterid=63159334&lot_id=8730232) if that's better for your budget, but I usually don't recommend that one because it's also entry level and not quite up to par with the 8800 gt.

05-21-2008, 01:37 AM
Alright man thanks. The gpu is what is utilized the most though right with gaming so my slower processor wont hurt me as much?

05-21-2008, 01:51 PM
I just checked on tigerdirect looks like its 150 actually :). Nevermind thats a 2.0 PCIE card I can not find a 8800gt in regular pcie.

05-21-2008, 02:03 PM
According to evga and XFX these cards are PCIE yet new egg and tiger direct say they are pcie 2.0 for some reason. Does it not matter?

George Hallam
05-21-2008, 02:26 PM
Nah PCI-e 1.1 and PCI-e 2.0 are the same but PCI-e 2.0 has larger bandwidths.

It is backwards compatible so dont worry ;)

05-21-2008, 02:29 PM
Alright thanks the way they list them on the website makes it confusing they should say it works for either. Then there is also so many 8800gt's for 1 company and hard to tell the differences lol.

05-22-2008, 04:44 PM
Damn the price went up today.

05-23-2008, 11:41 AM
Alright man thanks. The gpu is what is utilized the most though right with gaming so my slower processor wont hurt me as much?

Yes, the GPU does most of the grunt work for 3D games, but the CPU and main memory are also used. So a slow processor will hurt your performance as well.