AGP Video Upgrade

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AGP Video Upgrade

Postby Jeng » Oct 21st, 2007 at 8:16 pm

Been thinking about building a new system for awhile, but I really don't have the money that I want to build from the ground up, so looking to upgrade my video card to tide me over.

Currently running an ATI 9800 Pro, the games that it runs, it runs great. Such as TF2 and Portal. Won't even run the demo for Bioshock or UT3.

My budget is under $200 which should be plenty for an AGP card.
Here are two that I thought looked ok, wondering what ya'll thoughts are and wondering if ya'll might suggest a better AGP card?

EVGA 256-A8-N506-AX GeForce 7800GS 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 AGP 4X/8X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6814130274

VisionTek 900184 Radeon HD 2600XT 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 AGP 8X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6814129090

Not moving to Vista on this current system so DX-10 shouldn't be a selling point.

Rest of system is an ECS N-force 3 motherboard with an 3200+Athlon64 (754), 1 gig of ram. XP-64
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Postby Maverick » Oct 21st, 2007 at 10:20 pm

You should just get a Radeon x1950 Pro since you don't need dx10.

It's the top dx9 AGP card you can get and it out performs the Nvidia equivalent in all the reviews I read.

I personally have a Visiontek X1950 Pro XE AGP 256MB. Been very happy with it because I can play just about any current game with high settings.

I just wanted to extend the life of my legacy PC which sounds similar to yours. The cpu is just a AMD 64 3200+ with 2g of RAM.

Jeng you should really consider adding 1 more gig of RAM to your PC. Good value upgrade.
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Postby carnage » Oct 22nd, 2007 at 1:00 pm

Mav hit it right on. I have read many reviews because I was in the same boat as you. I needed a better vid card, but not other components. THe only reason I didnt go with the 1950 was that I knew someone locally that was selling a better card for less than retail of the 1950 (and it was PCI-E, not AGP). The 1950 has very good performance for the price.

Mav's comment about memory is a very good suggestion as well. Even though you may not think you need it, you will see some good performance gains and it shouldnt be incredibly expensive.

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Postby Suck. » Oct 22nd, 2007 at 2:06 pm

I just bought a Radeon X1650XT for well under $200 (after Newegg rebate). To be honest though, even though everything looks nice, I've got terrible fps, most likely due to some other problem. I'm thinking of getting a soundcard and nixing on-board sound as one potential solution.


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Postby Maverick » Oct 22nd, 2007 at 2:15 pm

Suck. wrote:I just bought a Radeon X1650XT for well under $200 (after Newegg rebate). To be honest though, even though everything looks nice, I've got terrible fps, most likely due to some other problem. I'm thinking of getting a soundcard and nixing on-board sound as one potential solution.


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Well there you go, you went wrong by getting x1650 instead of x1950. :P j/k

Have you tried the latest Catalyst 7.10 drivers? It was focused primarily on the x1000+ series of cards.
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Postby DocNsane » Oct 26th, 2007 at 12:53 pm

I have an XFX AGP nVidia 6800 non-ultra 128MB for sale. 75$

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