I have a Dell Dimension 8300 which from memory is about 2-3 years old. It has a 2.6GHz processor and currently has an AGP ATI 9600 Pro video card. I don't have PCI-Express (as far as I know!) so was wondering what people's advice would be for a good AGP graphics upgrade for game playing. I'm thinking things like Black when it comes out, faster Doom 3, Half Life 2 expansion packs and the like.
Could someone let me know what you think - I'm based in the UK so was thinking somewhere around the £100 price mark (about $177) but would go higher if there was a good reason to.
AGP cards now are very rare, they're sort of endangered species that will soon be extinct.
High end NVidia AGP's are rare and near extinct, but that's about it. It's not hard to find good AGP cards, but it's hard to find one that is as good a bargain as an equivalent PCI-e card; AGP typcially cost more now.
OP: Best to worst, see what you can find in your price range.
X800 pro / X800GTO
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