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Is there still life in my AGP gameing system?

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November 5, 2006 6:38:43 PM

My system is outlined in my sig, but the thing that I really feel that is holding me back is my video card. Right now there is a local deal for $130 I can get a 7600GS AGP version with 512mb RAM. I was wondering if it was worth it to spend the $130 and get several more years out of my system. Would it be beter holding off for a PCI-E system? I really want another 2-4 years out of this system, I don't come by extra money that often.
a b U Graphics card
November 5, 2006 6:55:29 PM

That card would be a decent upgrade for you, but 2yrs is stretching it ,but maybe it will take that long for software developers to catch up, you can already run whats available with that upgrade, maybe not to its fullest potential further down the road but you haven't been able to do that with the present video card you have anyway.
November 5, 2006 6:57:26 PM

Thanks for the reply, and yeah, I am used to not being able to run everything on full, heck even medium detail. I think I will get that card.
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November 5, 2006 7:04:14 PM

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Thanks for the reply, and yeah, I am used to not being able to run everything on full, heck even medium detail. I think I will get that card.


Try to get a 256mb version if you can. Should be cheaper and the 7600 agp will not take advantage of anymore than 256mb anyway.
November 5, 2006 7:06:37 PM

The store that I am buying from doesn't stock the 256mb version, and I am not old enough to order online and my parents won't pay online either. If that was an option, I definately would though.
November 5, 2006 7:13:59 PM

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The store that I am buying from doesn't stock the 256mb version, and I am not old enough to order online and my parents won't pay online either. If that was an option, I definately would though.


Oh well, Get the one that you can get and you will be happy :wink: If you know how to put on an aftermarket cooler mabey you can get some high overclocks with it which would somewhat help it to take better advantage of the 512mb memory.
a c 359 U Graphics card
November 5, 2006 10:08:21 PM

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The store that I am buying from doesn't stock the 256mb version, and I am not old enough to order online and my parents won't pay online either. If that was an option, I definately would though.


To quote my parents when I was younger:

GET A DAMN JOB!!!!!!

Just kidding.

The 7600GS should be good enough to last you 1 - 2 years depending on your expectations. AGP has been on life support for the longest time, but I would guess that by the time you want to upgrade to another video card you will have to upgrade your entire system.

Good luck and have fun.
November 6, 2006 1:51:17 AM

I got the card, and I must say I am impressed. It runs wonderfully. I now have 3097 3dmarks while my old card only scored 274 (overclocked) on 3dmark 2005. I think I will be happy until I acquire enough money to do a total system upgrade. Thanks for all everyone's help.
a b U Graphics card
November 6, 2006 2:48:02 AM

FX5200 to 7600GS is a huge upgrade. Enjoy the card.
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