Recently my AGP Geforce 6800GT died on me, and as i am planning to build an entirely new base unit within 4 months or so, i want to purchase a budget AGP card, rather than spending £250+ on a geforce 7 card. I have a choice of two cards, but i am at a loss on which one to choose. Both seem to have similar specs, but i dont know which one would perform better in games such as NFS Most Wanted, Half Life 2, Doom 3, Quake 4, and newer games.
Pentium 4 3.0ghz w/HT FSB800
1GB (2x512mb) DDR400 PC3200 Kingston value ram (dual channel)
865G Neo 2 motherboard
Running one CRT monitor.
Both seem to have similar specifications, apart form the noticeable fact that the BLISS 6800GS card has 512mb of RAM. My choice of card will have to last me up to another 8 months of performance gaming, and i am unsure about whether i would benefit from the extra 512mb of RAM in that time period. I am also unsure about the processing performance of both cards.
If anyone could please help me with my decision, i would be most grateful.
Video memory mean very little. It won't give a performance boost. CoD2 seems an increase in framerates, but other than that, basically no difference. By the time you need to have a 512mb video card, you'll need something better than 6800.
The Gainward Bliss 6800GS 512mb is only £5 more expensive than the Gainward Ultra/2400 6800GT 256mb (clocked at 400/1100 as stock)
Now given the price difference, would you still say that the 6800gt is the better choice? (i honestly dont know )
Thanks for your help once again
EDIT: in actual fact, the ultra pach 6800GT is £20 more expensive, but it comes with doom 3, and some other useless stuff. There is, however, a bulk buy version, same card, same box, just no manuals, games, or software (drivers direct from www.nvidia.com), which is £25 cheaper.