AMD athalon thunderbird 1ghz cpu
Abit KT7A motherboard (4x agp)
Saphire Radeon 9000 video card (agp 4x)
my question is, will my agp4x motherboard support an agp8x card (albeit at slower speed, especially since these cards are going down in price)
If my mobo will not support agp8x, then what is the best agp4x card that i can get?
The reason that i am asking is that i want to wait until january 07 to upgrade to a C2Duo system, but i would like to get my old system running current gen games for a little longer/better until then, at minimal cost (as i'm saving up for C2D system)
I primarily want to use this PC to play Rome: Total War and the expansion.
The reason i am waiting until Jan 07 is that i want to see more refinement in the Mobos that support E6600 and also for DX10 cards (but who knows when that will be) also the game which i most want to play (medieval 2 total war does not come out until then)
Thanks for anyone that can help, and any firsthand experience with the KT7a mobo would be greatly appreciated, thanks THG forums.
Yes as others have said any AGP 8X/4X card will work in that system (assuming adequate power supply).
But, a Tbird 1.0GHz is going to bottleneck so many cards out there. I would look for a $40-50 9700 pro or 9800 pro. Anything more than that is a waste. Even a $25 used Ti4200 would be way above a R9000. For most newer games, a tbird 1.0Ghz is under minimum spec. Others won't even run on it for lack of sse3 instructions. Bottom line AGP 4X won't hurt the card performance but the cpu will; if you must upgrade, go used and cheap...nothing fancy.