It has been a long time since I stuck my head back into the technical market for computer hardware, so if anyone can provide me with some guidance, i would appreciate it.
Well, with the coming of a new expansion for my favorite game, Dark Age of Camelot, it has become apparent that if I want to enjoy the full graphic glory of the game, i will need to upgrade my graphics card.
I currently use a 9800 Pro 128 card. It has performed nicely for me for several years now. I had used Nvidia in the past, and had some horrible problems, but I am willing to give them another try with this 7600 GT card.
I wanted to know if this is an upgrade that I will definetly see the improvement. I dont really want to fork up a couple hundred dollars to hardly see a differnce. Is this a good card choice for an upgrade, or should I consider something else? I am forced to stay in the AGP arena for now.
I know upgrading my Ram would probably help my performance too. But the lag of loading new terrain on the screen isnt really my biggest problem. It's when I have everything loaded, the framerate is still significantly low.
I wouldn't spend more than 160$ on that card, all included. Why? because if you've got more money to spend you'd be better served by a full CPU/mobo/GPU upgrade. Your CPU is rather slow and while the 7600GT will certainly bring some new life to your system, it can't really be redeemed from the suckiness it is slowly falling into.
In other words, you'll be happy with a 7600GT (as long as you can find it for cheap) but your system will still get more or less tramped by Oblivion and NWN2 and Crysis and MSFlightSim X, etc., all the trianisowideteraflopshmoxdx10crap stuff. It'll do wonders for slightly older games (such as Dark Age of Camelot).
I upgraded from my 9800pro to a 7900gs...you will see them on sale at newegg for the similiar prices as the 7600gt. You can very easily overclock the 7900GS to the 7900GT level at zero cost it was a huge bargain and very noticable difference over the 9800pro........
Looks like the X850 Pro might be your best bet unless you want to spring the $200+ for a 7800GS. The X1950 Pro AGP will be available soon and may have an impact on prices but most likely be around $250.
Thanks a ton for helping me out on this guys. Quite emaressing that I got the whole card wrong on Newegg, lol. Just to make sure I am looking at the right thing here, this is the X850 that you guys are reffering to correct?