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After much waffling back and forth about which card to choose I finally decided upon the GeForce 6800GT. The truth is I was more interested in which one was quieter than anything else. Tinnitus'll do that to you. But I still don't know which one is quieter.
With a couple of e-mails sent back and forth to Admin, the choice was made and ordered by Admin last week. Just before lunch on Monday I received the card via FedEx. It's an XFX GeForce 6800 GT 256mb DDR3 with TV out and DVI out. It came bundled with X2:The Threat, MotoGP, and Commandos 3.
I finally put it in today, replacing a 9600SE I bought about 8 months ago for $80.00. My 3DMark 2001 score went from about 3200 to over 6600. I gained about 10 frames per second in WoW with a noticeable improvement in image quality and draw distance. I still get a bit of a slide show when I go to Orgrimmar but that is probably due more to my P-III 800 than the video card.
I am currently thinking about upgrading my system... But being unemployed sucks... But serendipity brought some money back into my hands earlier than I thought to get it... But I could do with a nice get-a-job suit or jacket... But... But... So i'm still up in the air about this.
I want to express my thanks to Admin, the crew of MMORPG.COM, and Zboard for sponsoring this contest and the many others they hold throughout the year.