What I can tell you is that the current high-end graphics cards require all the processing power they can get. This includes the Radeon X800 Pro/XT and GeForce 6800 GT/Ultra graphics cards. The more MHz or even GHz thrown at these graphics cards the better, as they seem to keep rendering more frames per second. Some of you probably already knew this as it has been a common case in the past with new high-end graphics cards. The tricky part is building a budget computer with the perfect balance. Also I can tell you that anyone with a Pentium 4 processor rated at less than 2.8GHz will be unable to utilize the full potential of a GeForce 6800 graphics card.
For these users the previous generation of flagship graphics cards will suit them far better. The much cheaper GeForceFX 5900 and Radeon 9800 graphics cards will appear just as fast when using “today’s” mid-range processors. So if you are running a 2.8GHz Intel (1.9GHz AMD) system or less, stop saving every penny for a taste of the latest and greatest NVIDIA or ATi graphics products. The best bet is a previous generation flagship product until that processor is upgraded to something more substantial.
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