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Need help picking out agp card

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September 19, 2006 7:50:13 AM

I'm looking for an agp video card for $100-$150 max. nvidia or ati dosent matter just want the best bang for my buck.

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September 19, 2006 8:25:40 AM

Thanks, on a other note is 512 better then 256?
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September 19, 2006 8:30:20 AM

when it comes to the x1600pro no not really its too weak to handle that much ram ... 512ram becomes more important when you are talking about the x1900 series and the gf7800-7900-7950 series :) 
September 19, 2006 9:13:23 PM

also I only have a 350w psu, my system is kinda old.
September 19, 2006 10:28:09 PM

well i have a 350w too and i had a gf 6600GT at one time... so i think you pass the minimal system requirements :) 
September 19, 2006 10:30:42 PM

That PSU should be fine for the cards recomended.
September 27, 2006 9:58:24 PM

I'm in a similar search - I have retired my old Dell Dimension 8200 (2.4 P4 cpu, 2 GB RAM, 160 & 250 GB drives, ATI 550 Pro tuner card) to PVR duty. It is working pretty well with BeyondTV 4.0 and an old Radeon 9550 card and a clean XP Pro install.

My question is: for $100 - $150, what AGP card would provide really noticeable performance increases over my old 9550 card? Or would the $ even really produce a difference I could see? I am recording at high-quality with MPEG 2, generally things look pretty decent, my input is just analog cable (comcast). I'm currently feeding an old but sweet Sony 27" via the s-video line.

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September 27, 2006 10:09:49 PM

GF 6600,gf6600GT,x1600Pro, 7300GT, x800 series,x850 series... all great choices and they will do the job i think :) 
September 27, 2006 11:33:39 PM

Reviews at NewEgg highly praise the SAPPHIRE 100131L Radeon X800GTO 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 AGP 4X/8X . Many mention loud fan, some temp issues and some size issues. Wonder if this is an OK card and if it will fit my old Dell Dimension 8200 mobo/case? I'll shop around on this one.

My current production rig is a Velocity Micro w/ AMD 4400X2, 3 GB of Crucial, 10k SATA Raptor main drive and a 7800 GTS, with a 400 GB SATA data drive. I use it mostly for audio recording/editing and video editing driving 2 monitors. I'm not expecting to ever use the old Dell for anything but a PVR for the rest of it's life. It's holding up realy well and spending around $125.00 for a good AGP graphics card seems like a way to keep it out of the dump for a few more years. Plus if my VM every dies I can play BF2 on the x800 while I'm waiting for parts! Hard core builders will turn up their noses at Dell, but I've slowly tweaked the old girl into a useful machine. :lol: 
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