i am looking for a new graphics card for my back up computer, i would like something that can play hl2 and bf2 on decent setting at 720/1024. i am running an agp mobo, also i would not like to spend to much money. any help is much apreciated
Check the price of a GF6800GS or X800GTO in your area. Those are good value cards with good power. If you can get a regular X800XT or better all the better. The GF7800GS would be the top AGP card but likely won't meet your spending requirments.
You could easily play HL2 at 1024x768 (or did you mean 720p ie 1280x720?) anyways even an R9600PRO/XT could play HL2 at that resolution (barring reflect all, and HDR) , so even an X700PRO or GF6600GT would handle that, it's BF2 that will be a little more demanding, but will also be a bit CPU demanding too.
Anywhoo, still think the GF6800GS and X800GTO are your usual best value choices, however it depends on the prices in your area.
BF2 is a real RAM whore. Even with top-notch specs, you will need at least 1.25 GB of RAM to run everything max, unless you have super low CAS or Dual Channel or something to make it perform above normal.
I agree with TheGreatGrapeApe. Online, you probably won't have any luck finding a reasonably priced X800GTO, so try to go for the 6800GS. I was lucky and got my BFG 6800GS when it was $198, now they bumped it to $219.
Hey, i had the same problem last week, couldnt decide on my AGP card...
I was looking at the x850 XT and 6800 GS and decided to go for 6800 GS OC.
with my old card (radeon 9550) i got a 3dmark 03 score of 2100.
after the upgrade to a 6800 GS OC, the scores went up to 9860.
I also play bf2, used to be low GFX, 800x600, but now i can easily play on medium settings and on 1280x1024 with no lag. High settings are possible but it is pointless as all the shadows and stuff makes it hard to spot enemies.
Also, quake 4 with max resoluiton (my monitor goes up to 1280x1024) and Highest settings, and it is also perfect. So is NFS Most wanted on maxed out settings.
I think 6800 GS OC is a good upgrade for your AGP. I think it will last me at least a year or more untill i get a PCI-E system.
P.S i think 7800 GS is well overpriced compared to the performance. it would also be pointless to spend so much $$ and then upgrade to PCI-E as you will eventually have to.
the day i bought 6800GS the x850xt has gona back to 180 pounds (+VAT& delivery = 220 pounds), and the 6800GS was 120 pounds, in total around 160. still 50 quid is a big difference and the performance of 6800gs is more than enough (at least for me)