Which AGP video card is the best bet for a reasonable price?

I am looking to upgrade a ATI 9550 video card. I would like to do it without spending more than $130. I see that in that price range at Newegg there are X1600PRO, X 1300Pro, X700, 6800, 6800GT.

Which one is the best value for the money? Are any of them overly crippled? How much difference daoes the amount of video memory make, would i notice a difference between a 128, 256, or 512mb card?

I run Halflife 2, Madden on the computer occasionaly. I do play with overclocking some, but with this it will be within the limit of the stock cooler.


Computer specs:
P4 2.53 Ghz
768mb RAM (2100)
350W PSU

Radeon 9250 PCI - 2nd video card for 2nd monitor, CRT
Could I run the second monitor off of a adapter on a DVI port?
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  1. I can't find a $130 6800 GT on newegg, but if you can that's the best card available at that price.

    I think pretty much all the info you're looking for is in the 'Best videocard for the money' sticky at the top of this forum. I'd give it a look.

    The short answer is, in the price range you're listing for AGP, the best card you're probably going to get is an X1600 PRO or 6600 GT
  2. X800GTO might be below $130.
  3. If you don't mind waiting for a rebate, you can get an X800GTO for about $130: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814102609

    I have this card and am pretty happy with it. I was able to unlock 4 extra pixel pipelines for a total of 16. Unlocking the pipes makes it equivelant to having an X800XL. I can run CS:S at 1600x1200 and I think I can run BF2 at 1600x1200 with medium textures (only 1GB of system RAM) and high everything else. I haven't tryed it at that resolution in BF2 much yet. I'm running a Pentium 4 2.8C @ 3.5GHz.
  4. What are the difference between an X800GTO and a X1600Pro? I am rather confused on which is better. Which one would give btter performance?
  5. Buy the 6600GT, 6800GT or x1600Pro because there u got HDR( High Dinamic Range) feature and u can take full advantage of dx9.
  6. Buy the 6600GT, 6800GT or x1600Pro because there u got HDR( High Dinamic Range) feature and u can take full advantage of dx9.
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    What are the difference between an X800GTO and a X1600Pro? I am rather confused on which is better. Which one would give btter performance?


    The X800GTO will be faster than the X1600Pro. The X1600Pro has newer features like SM3 but from what I have heard it isn't really fast enough to use it very well. Right now only a few games use SM3. If you play HL2 or CS:S or BF2, I don't think any of those games use SM3 or the newer HDR. The X800GTO will do the HDR that is used in HL2/CS:S.

    You probably aren't expecting your AGP system to last too many more years as a gaming system so you might not care about SM3.
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