I currently have a P4 3.2, with 1 gig of RAM and a Radeon 9800 pro (128 meg). The benchmark numbers generally seem good:
3d mark 2001 (1024x768) - between 17,500 and 17,850
3d mark 2003 (1024x768) is 5950 (676 CPU)
Commanche (1024x768) around 60 fps
Aquamark 43, 785
PC Mark 2002 = cpu-7890 mem-8890 hdd-1178
Far cry (PCGH_VGA demo) 1024x768 (everything v.high): average fps = 68
And more importantly, games like half life 2 and far cry run fine. However more recent games like F.E.A.R and even Doom 3 seem to struggle a bit.
This is my question: given that my motherboard only supports AGP what would be the best graphics card upgrade so I could play the latest games and what kind of improvement would I notice. And moreover, with a new card, can this system still cut it with the latest generation of games.
Cheers mate - I think I'd rather spend a little bit extra and get the extra performance. A few quick questions first: Is my CPU fast enough for the high-end cards (like the 7800 or 7900) or is it going to act a bottle-neck so that there would be no discernible improvement over say a 6600...
How great is the difference between these two cards:
Gainward GeForce 7800GS "BLISS" 512MB DDR3 AGP 2xDVI HDTV
Gainward GF 6600GT GS 256MB AGP TVO DVI
And is GT better than GS - the product lines are so damn confusing!
Generally, a GT is better than a GS within the same card series, but in the case of comparing different card architectures (7800 vs 6600 or 6800), a 7800GS (only available in agp, the 7800GT is/was PCI-e only) will be much faster than a 6600, 6600GT, 6800GS or even a 6800GT...