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First Question:

Out of the following video cards, which would be best for gaming?Second Question:

I have a Gateway 505GR. It comes with 1024MB of 400DDR Memory (PC3200). It is 2 sticks of 512MB that are duel channel. It has 2 open slots. Can I add any old 2x512MB PC3200 duel channel kit to get 2GB of duel channel memory? I was thinking of getting GeIL Value 1GB (2x512MB) Duel Channel Kit. Would this be fully compatible with my system to have 2GB of duel channel memory running at PC3200?

Any help on either question would be greatly appreciated.
Any alternatives are welcome. However, I am looking to spend under $150 on the video card, and under $75 on the memory.

Thanks,

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Edit:

Well, I found out that the graphics card I am leaning toward, the 7600GS, requires at least a 350W PSU. I only have a 300W PSU. So now I need a new PSU as well, if I am to get that card. I probably will get a new PSU anyways, just to be sure I have enough power. (Other cards say MINIMUM 300W PSU, so it's better to be safe.) I am thinking of this Cooler Master 450W PSU. Sound good?

Again, thanks,

stettybet0

Edited by stettybet0, 15 April 2006 - 01:05 PM.

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First Question:

Out of the following video cards, which would be best for gaming?

Second Question:

I have a Gateway 505GR. It comes with 1024MB of 400DDR Memory (PC3200). It is 2 sticks of 512MB that are duel channel. It has 2 open slots. Can I add any old 2x512MB PC3200 duel channel kit to get 2GB of duel channel memory? I was thinking of getting GeIL Value 1GB (2x512MB) Duel Channel Kit. Would this be fully compatible with my system to have 2GB of duel channel memory running at PC3200?

Any help on either question would be greatly appreciated.
Any alternatives are welcome. However, I am looking to spend under $150 on the video card, and under $75 on the memory.

Thanks,

stettybet0

Edit:

Well, I found out that the graphics card I am leaning toward, the 7600GS, requires at least a 350W PSU. I only have a 300W PSU. So now I need a new PSU as well, if I am to get that card. I probably will get a new PSU anyways, just to be sure I have enough power. (Other cards say MINIMUM 300W PSU, so it's better to be safe.) I am thinking of this Cooler Master 450W PSU. Sound good?

Again, thanks,

stettybet0



the 7600gs would be the best out of those 3.

The coolermaster powersupply would be fine for you.


the corsair valueselect ram is much better I would get it. Its only a few bucks more and worth it..

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820145440

the corsair valueselect pc3200 should work in your system with no problems at all. The dual channel might or might not work, sometimes they have to be the same exact memory for it to run in dual channel mode with 4 sticks of ram..
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Edit: Fixed many problems with this post. Thanks memberix.

Sounds great, thanks.

One more small question...

I noticed Newegg had 2 different versions of the eVGA 7600GS. One with a heatsink and fan, and another with only a heatsink. The one with the heatsink and fan is the one I linked to above.

The specs which are different are:
Core Clock: 550MHz (heatsink+fan) 400MHz (heatsink)
Memory Clock: 850MHz (heatsink+fan) 800MHz (heatsink)
Max Resolution: 2560x1600 (heatsink+fan) 2048x1536 (heatsink)
PSU Reqs: 350W (heatsink+fan) 300W (heatsink)

Everything else is the same.

My question is:
Not applicable anymore. Obviously, the one with the heatsink+fan is superior in everyway, other than it will be more noisy. Thanks again for the help memberix.

thanks,
stettybet0

Edit:

link: http://www.newegg.co...&SubCategory=48

Edited by stettybet0, 15 April 2006 - 07:46 PM.

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Go with the one with Heatsink & Fan if you want higher framerates. If you want quiter PC go with the one with only heatsink cause according to the reviews it doesnt run hot despite that it has only heatsink
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About the dual channeling, your motherboard probably has 2 memory channels across 4 slots. So, as long as the two paired sticks are identical, you'll be fine.
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Go with the one with Heatsink & Fan if you want higher framerates. If you want quiter PC go with the one with only heatsink cause according to the reviews it doesnt run hot despite that it has only heatsink


Actually, there isn't one with only a heatsink. Sorry if I didn't make that clear.

There are:
  • One with a heatsink AND fan.
  • One with only a fan.
And you said the one with heatsink and fan would have higher framerates. Why would that be if it had slower clock speed? The only advantage I would think it would have is that it would run cooler.

And @ Tyler (don't know how to quote twice in same post sorry):

So if the 2 sticks I already have are duel channel, but lets say they are Crucial brand (I have no clue what brand they actually are, just theoretically). If I got 2 Corsair sticks, would they also be duel channel, or would all 4 have to be the same brand?

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I followed the link you posted http://www.newegg.co...&SubCategory=48
and saw two cards one with higer clock speeds and heatsink & fan and other with lower [bleep] speeds and with only heatsink. so if those are the card you are talking about then i don't see what's the confusion all about
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I followed the link you posted http://www.newegg.co...&SubCategory=48
and saw two cards one with higer clock speeds and heatsink & fan and other with lower [bleep] speeds and with only heatsink. so if those are the card you are talking about then i don't see what's the confusion all about


I apologize, I read wrong. You are 100% right. I was confused very much. I will edit my post with the specs for each card so they are right.
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