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Yeah, get an ATi.

 

Seriously, though, I'm thinking about putting 3rd party heatsinks and fans on all my video cards before I install them. I have an all copper heat sink on all my CPUs and it's worked great at keeping things cool. After this thing with my video card, and still not being sure as to the cause, it might be a good idea to think of the GPU in the same way you think of the CPU. You can probably get a decent cooling solution for that 7600 and still be at your $200 threshold.

 

Frankly, though, if the computer sparked and smoke came out of the case, you might want to invest in a good PSU. hahaha. How's that, replace everything and make the entire case out of copper piping. hahah

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Thanks

 

and input appreciated stilllife

 

 

 

O, I've never had 4 ram slots before (tells you how bad my last comp was) and I know these things vary between boards, but generally can you add 1 stick of RAM and end up with a total of 3 or do you have to expand in pairs?

 

I got a gig and was thinking about adding 512 more

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You don't have to expand in pairs. To the best of my knowledge.

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Expanding in pairs is only really an issue if you have dual channel memory, since it doubles your memory bandwidth (and if you don't have a motherboard that somehow supports an odd number anyways, your computer won't work).

 

I've never heard of an advantage of installing in pairs for any other reason than this though.

 

How would they sync up better or anything like that? I can see if you have a motherboard that supports dual channel memory but still can operate in single channel if necessary. But naturally it will run better because you'll have more memory bandwidth.

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Question: As far as I know the 7600GS is exactly the same as a 7600GT except for the lowered core and memory frequencies. Wouldn't that make it very easy (and safe) to overclock the 7600GS to 7600GT performance levels?

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Expanding in pairs is only really an issue if you have dual channel memory, since it doubles your memory bandwidth (and if you don't have a motherboard that somehow supports an odd number anyways, your computer won't work).

 

I've never heard of an advantage of installing in pairs for any other reason than this though.

 

How would they sync up better or anything like that?  I can see if you have a motherboard that supports dual channel memory but still can operate in single channel if necessary.  But naturally it will run better because you'll have more memory bandwidth.

 

 

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Well it's kind of hard to overclock if your [potential] latency and clockspeeds are wildly different in each stick, and the best way to assure they're similar is to buy in pairs. So no, you're not blind, but if you think you might ever want to overclock it's good to buy in pairs.

 

That or I'm stupid and I've misunderstood everything I've ever read about the topic, which is entirely possible.

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At the moment, Nvidia middle-end products (a.k.a. 7600GT) seem to be a bit superior in performance to their ATi counterparts. You can't go wrong with a 7600GT, and as Eldar mentioned, if you tack on an aftermarket cooler, you're bulletproof.

 

Do get a good PSU.

 

For performance reviews, always use a dedicated hardware website such as extremetech.com, anandtech.com, hardocp.com, or tomshardware.com.

 

Following are the manufacturers from which Nvidia-based cards are typically available in the US, in strict order of my personal preference:

1. BFG (US-based)

2. eVGA (US-based)

3. XFX

4. MSI, ASUS

5. Gigabyte

 

BFG used to be the clear winner but eVGA seems to be fast emerging as the most feature-rich and customer-friendly manufacturer out there.

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I have one and I'm happy with it. I just changed the noisy fan for a Zalman VF700-Cu. Unless you're lucky, it's hard to overclock it that much because of the already really high frequency.

 

Thanks for advice peeps

 

I have read the fan sounds like a frieght train, I think I'm going to be switching it

 

was the Zalman a good fit?

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Well, owning similar RAM will make overclocking possible. But I'm not sure if you would need to install them in pairs. If you plan on OCing your RAM (which I don't do), you should use similar RAM. But I don't see why you couldn't OC a single 1 GB module just as effectively as 2 512 MB modules.

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At the moment, Nvidia middle-end products (a.k.a. 7600GT) seem to be a bit superior in performance to their ATi counterparts. You can't go wrong with a 7600GT, and as Eldar mentioned, if you tack on an aftermarket cooler, you're bulletproof.

 

Do get a good PSU.

 

For performance reviews, always use a dedicated hardware website such as extremetech.com, anandtech.com, hardocp.com, or tomshardware.com.

 

Following are the manufacturers from which Nvidia-based cards are typically available in the US, in strict order of my personal preference:

1. BFG (US-based)

2. eVGA (US-based)

3. XFX

4. MSI, ASUS

5. Gigabyte

 

BFG used to be the clear winner but eVGA seems to be fast emerging as the most feature-rich and customer-friendly manufacturer out there.

 

 

I prefer BFG myself. evga is a good choice too.

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