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The Best 3 AGP Cards For $100?

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December 2, 2006 9:59:27 AM

Hi

I need to upgrade an old P4 system which currently has a ATI Radeon 9800PRO. I know it stills perform good but looking at the VGA Charts VII Update Summer 2005 I see that the X800 and X850 outperforms the 9800PRO. But I see that there are X1300PRO for AGP too and I dont know something...

Which card performs better? X850PRO or X1300PRO?

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December 2, 2006 11:12:31 AM

There's an AGP x1950 Pro available now I believe. That it without a doubt the most powerful AGP card you can get. Depends on how much your willing to spend.

Out of thr two, the x850 pro will beat the x1300 pro hands down, although it lacks SM3 support. To be honest, I don't think either of those cards are really going to be worth upgrading to from what you already have.
December 2, 2006 11:18:13 AM

But look

The system right now has this

P4 at 1.7Ghz (which I plan to upgrade to 2.8Ghz northwood)
768 PC133 RAM (which I plan to upgrade to 1GB)
ATI Radeon 9800PRO (which I plan to upgrade in last case)
Some Maxtor Hard drive of 15Gb (which I plan to put in a SATA controller and put a barracuda 7200.9)

That would make the system last a little more and maybe for some low-end gaming because is for my brother but I dont know to what upgrade the videocard since I dont want to spend too much on videocard since as you said no matter if I upgrade to x850pro or x1300pro it would still be a small upgrade. But the 7600GT and 7800Gs is way out of my price range.
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December 2, 2006 11:37:24 AM

If you plan on upgrading all those things, it's way better to just get a whole new system, IMO. Gets you a lot further, but also costs some more, obviously.
December 2, 2006 12:02:27 PM

Quote:
But look

The system right now has this

P4 at 1.7Ghz (which I plan to upgrade to 2.8Ghz northwood)
768 PC133 RAM (which I plan to upgrade to 1GB)
ATI Radeon 9800PRO (which I plan to upgrade in last case)
Some Maxtor Hard drive of 15Gb (which I plan to put in a SATA controller and put a barracuda 7200.9)

That would make the system last a little more and maybe for some low-end gaming because is for my brother but I dont know to what upgrade the videocard since I dont want to spend too much on videocard since as you said no matter if I upgrade to x850pro or x1300pro it would still be a small upgrade. But the 7600GT and 7800Gs is way out of my price range.

Wel first of all lets start with the CPU...upgrade.
the 2.8northwood is a good CPU I have a friend and he made the same upgrade a few months back... and you will a great increase in performance... Also it has HT..
Secondly the ram.... ITS so old... but 1Gb will be good enough.
Now to the VGA's
DO NOT GET THE x1300pro it is just as good as the 9800Pro.... just with SM3.0 it would be a waste of money trust me Stay away from it... Secondly the x850pro is about the same price as the GF7600GT... actually the GF7600GT can be found as cheap as $130. If that is still out of your price range there is the GF7600GS.... and those are a lot cheaper...
Good luck wiht the upgrading...
What is your budget anyways?
December 2, 2006 12:03:05 PM

Quote:
But look

The system right now has this

P4 at 1.7Ghz (which I plan to upgrade to 2.8Ghz northwood)
768 PC133 RAM (which I plan to upgrade to 1GB)
ATI Radeon 9800PRO (which I plan to upgrade in last case)
Some Maxtor Hard drive of 15Gb (which I plan to put in a SATA controller and put a barracuda 7200.9)

That would make the system last a little more and maybe for some low-end gaming because is for my brother but I dont know to what upgrade the videocard since I dont want to spend too much on videocard since as you said no matter if I upgrade to x850pro or x1300pro it would still be a small upgrade. But the 7600GT and 7800Gs is way out of my price range.

Wel first of all lets start with the CPU...upgrade.
the 2.8northwood is a good CPU I have a friend and he made the same upgrade a few months back... and you will a great increase in performance... Also it has HT..
Secondly the ram.... ITS so old... but 1Gb will be good enough.
Now to the VGA's
DO NOT GET THE x1300pro it is just as good as the 9800Pro.... just with SM3.0 it would be a waste of money trust me Stay away from it... Secondly the x850pro is about the same price as the GF7600GT... actually the GF7600GT can be found as cheap as $130. If that is still out of your price range there is the GF7600GS.... and those are a lot cheaper...
Good luck wiht the upgrading...
What is your budget anyways?
December 2, 2006 12:16:03 PM

Are you looking at used or refurbished cards? The X850 pro would be a nice upgrade IF YOU FIRST UPGRADE THAT CPU. But for $100 new, there's nothing out there that would be a good upgrade. About all you will find is a GF6600GT, which while better than the 9800 pro is not enough of a boost to be a good upgrade. You'll have to up the budget a little to say $140 or look for a used card.

If you look used, add the 6800GT, 6800U, and 7800GS to your bargain hunting list. The are in the X850 pro - X850XT range in performance but with SM3.0.
December 2, 2006 11:22:24 PM

Im willing to spend

$80-$100 on the CPU
$100 on the VGA card
$40 on the RAM
$20 on the adaptor SATA controller
$80 on the hard drive maybe

But that would be in parts not together... I mean one by one each 2 weeks or so.
December 2, 2006 11:39:33 PM

I prefer going with the X850PRO or if I can afford a little more go with the X850XT
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