Graphics PowerBy Jason Cross | Posted 2005-06-01 Email Print
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Build It: Last year's $800 gaming PC was a bargain, but had significant compromises. This year's model is an $800 hot-rod gaming rig that offers impressive performance. What a difference a year makes!
At least we still have a current-generation card, with full support for all DirectX 9 features including shader model 3.0. This should be enough muscle to run almost any game at 1024x768 with the details cranked up. With some games, you might even get away with higher resolutions.
|Product:||XFX GeForce 6600GT 128MB|
|Pros:||Extremely cheap; great driver support from Nvidia; doesn't require additional power.|
|Cons:||Only 128MB of video RAM; not quite fast enough for Shader Model 3.0 and HDR games coming up.|
|Summary:||You'll definitely want to upgrade this as the midrange cards using the next generation of PC graphics chips hits the market, but for now it's a great deal.|