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Best ATI AGP card for gaming available now???

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September 27, 2006 3:23:13 AM

Hi, n00b here...

I have a self-built PC that is about 2 years old. It has the following:

ABIT IC7-G Motherboard (supports AGP only)
3.0 Ghz Pentium 4 H/T
Cosair 1.0 GB Dual Channel DDR400 RAM
Thermaltake 500-Watt Power Supply

I was running an ATI Radeon X800 XL 256 MB AGP card, but the fan crapped out recently and I sent it to ATI for warranty service. I am considering going with something new entirely. I want exceptional gaming performance, but am only looking to spend about $150-300. I am looking for great performance on high detail settings for BOTH Half-Life 2 and Doom 3.

Any thoughts/suggestions would be apprieciated...

Thanks!

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September 27, 2006 3:28:58 AM

Two thoughts;

A) GF7600GT

B) Read THIS, and take note of the GF7600GT versus GF7800GS comments on the next page.
September 27, 2006 3:47:07 AM

Quote:
Two thoughts;

A) GF7600GT

B) Read THIS, and take note of the GF7600GT versus GF7800GS comments on the next page.


Cool, I read about both those cards. Is the 7600 GT really an improvement over the X800 XL though? What are your thoughts about the ATI X850XT PE? How about the X1900 series?
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September 27, 2006 3:52:19 AM

The GF7600GT is better, but not worth an 'upgrade'. But since your previous card crapped out and it's just a straight buy, not upgrade, then the GF7600GT is your best option, and it competes well witht eh X850XTPE but with some added useable features.
September 27, 2006 4:12:19 AM

the X850XT is a good buy,but the 7600gt is better as it supports sm3.0 which the X850XT does not do.anyways best of luck with the new purchase.

Dahak

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September 27, 2006 4:18:19 AM

And if I'm not mistaken, the 7600gt will consume alot less power than the x850xt version (no added power connection needed). I'm also going to be in the market maybe for an AGP card, but not sure if I'm going to spend the $ for it yet:( 
September 27, 2006 4:23:57 AM

you could always take advantage of ATI's "trade in" service. You could save some cash that way...
September 27, 2006 4:33:07 AM

You mentioned the X1900, that is not an option for you since you are running AGP. The X1900 only comes in PCIe as far as I know.

I think that the X850XT PE would be sweet. Even the X850XT would be nice.
Neither would be a huge jump over what you have now but they would help.

It is true that the X850 series doesn't support Shader Model 3.0 but we don't know if you would benefit from that. Only certain games make use of those features because they are fairly new. They also require more GPU horsepower. If you will play games that use SM3, you must choose between having the best graphics or having higher framerates or higher resolutions.
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