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AGP Upgrade + Monitor Upgrade

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June 30, 2006 4:46:43 AM

I've decided (more like financially forced :roll: ) to get one last big upgrade for my socket 754 AGP system. From what I've read across the forum is that the ATI boards in the AGP realm are better than the nVidia offerings of the 6600 series and so on except for the coveted 7800.

I've whittled it down to a few cards:

$270
ATI All-In-Wonder X800 XT 100-714200 Radeon X800XT 256MB GDDR3 AGP 4X/8X Video Card - Retail

$216
SAPPHIRE 100152SR Radeon X850PRO 256MB GDDR3 AGP 4X/8X Video Card - Retail

$280
eVGA 256-A8-N506-AX Geforce 7800GS CO 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 AGP 4X/8X Video Card - Retail

All cards are available through newegg.com The 7800 has a $15 mail in rebate which I will fill out and send in. So the 7800GS is 265 in the end, $5 cheaper than the AIW. The reason I picked out the AIW is because I have an LCD TV I already hook up to my computer via DVI cable. I tried finding a good dual DVI AGP card, but they do not exist. I run a dual monitor setup and have a 9800PRO and a crappy 9500 SE or something just for the DVI link so I can hook up the TV and my second monitor to it. So I need some help figuring out what card to buy, and also, I am replacing my secondary monitor which is a CRT, and can't decide between the VX922 and the 2025VX or whatever that Tom's just reviewed. I already run one VX922, and no, once I went dual monitors, I'm never going back.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
June 30, 2006 5:55:10 AM

When I was limited to AGP, I wanted the best card I could get, regardless of price. The 7800GS was what I chose. Nearly every one of these cards overclock 100+ Mhz right out of the box, and support sm3.0, etc.

If history tells out it's tale here, you'll listen to one of the seven or so dorks posting under me, and you'll buy an X800/X850 series card, because they pwn nVidia always :roll:

Do some research, and dont listen to ravenous fanbois, it's not in your best intrest. Read reviews, look at benchmark scores, and always, always remember the overclock potential of each card you consider buying.

The overclock decides the winner in the end, and I'll pit my 7800GS against any of the X800/X850 series fag owners any time of the day.

Now I'm all worked up again....fucking fags, suck my fuckin fuck :roll:
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June 30, 2006 6:05:39 AM

Quote:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

ATI 100-435603 Radeon X850XT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 VIVO AGP 4X/8X Video Card - Retail - $239.99
Out Of Stock
ETA: 7/4/2006
:D 


Here's one of the dorks I was just talking about :roll:

A few bucks more will get you a 7800GS(which is a better card)....

....stay focused....
June 30, 2006 6:24:46 AM

You in a good mood today, GW. :roll:
BTW, I'm focused, are you?






I do prefer Ati, and I'm happy with my Gainwood 7800GS+ 24PP :twisted:
June 30, 2006 8:35:38 AM

I think he is really really happy after the dickless motherfuckers discovery. P.S. anybody know if NVidia is going to release a 7600 AGP ?
June 30, 2006 1:22:51 PM

if a x800xl costs 270 and 7800GS costs 280, what would u choose u dumb S**t, the 7800GS! Hello!?
June 30, 2006 2:48:03 PM

Thanks for the replies. Is there anything special the AIW can do besides have that TV tuner buildin with it and all that extra stuff it comes with. I've never owned one.

I think at this point I'm debating between the 7800GS and the AIW because of my monitor setup.
June 30, 2006 3:02:06 PM

Out of those, the 7800 GS is the clear winner.

But not to dissapoint my esteemed colleague Mr. Geneticweapon, I will point out that you can get a Radeon X800 XL... which offers about 90% of the performance of the 7800 GS***... for as little as $139 from Ati.com. All you'd be missing is the SM 3.0 functionality, realistically that means no OpenHDR EXR, which is a nice feature.

But only you know if that's worth the $140 extra or so.


***(at stock clockspeeds, not overclocked)
June 30, 2006 6:39:38 PM

Will an Antec Truepower 400W PSU be able to handle a 7800GS with:

socket 754 mobo
AMD Athlon 64 3200
4 Sticks of DDR RAM
1 Optical Drive
2 HDD
3 Fans
1 Sound Card
1 Extra PCI Video Card
4 USB Devices
June 30, 2006 6:43:59 PM

Yes, should be OK.
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