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Video Card Update : Need advice.

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December 10, 2006 10:29:24 AM

Hi,

I intend to change my computer soon.

I currently have a XP2600+ with a Radeon 9800 PRO.

I looked at some articles on web site in connection with the CPU and Carte Video.

My choice would go for a Pentium 4 Dual Core 2.8 Ghz.

On the other hand I wanted to know if my video card could still give me satisfaction or there are some models (not very expensive) which could increase quality and speed on certain games. (I'm not a big gamer but I like sometimes to play with Doom 3 or Prey).

I searched for hours (VGA Charts on web site etc...), and it would seem that Radeon 9800 Pro can be still a good choice (before upgrading definitively).

Thank you very much for any advice you could give me.
December 10, 2006 3:30:58 PM

I think any way you go, your better off with a series 6/7 nV or an X1300 and beyond ATi series. Even being a light gamer you'l notice more detail and better image quality. Newer generation cards have more features, shaders, reflectivity, ect. Take a 7300GT that includes every feature you'd see on a 7900GT, they're going for 100 - 120 bucks @ Best buy, Circutcity.

BTW; 6 months ago I bought a 3D Fusion (BFG) 7300GS from Best Buy. Overclocked to almost 200MHz on the core and about 200MHz on the memory. Ran Doom3 @ 1024x768 2xAA very smoothly on an AMD 64 3500. AMD's 64bit line has dropped tremendously as another option for your upgrading frenzy :wink:
December 10, 2006 3:39:18 PM

:p  Thank you very much for your answer !!! :p 
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December 10, 2006 4:00:18 PM

My pleasure :D 
Just make sure of the graphics port your motherboard has, be it AGP or PCI-Express to correspond with the card you buy.
December 10, 2006 7:49:09 PM

Oh yes for this part, I have seen some interesting board. I have seen too a Gigabyte and Asus board with both AGP and PCI-Express.
December 10, 2006 8:26:22 PM

Check the best cards for the money guide at the top of this forum. There are cards that you can buy for $100 that are much better than an X1300 or 7300 GT.
December 10, 2006 8:42:44 PM

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Oh yes for this part, I have seen some interesting board. I have seen too a Gigabyte and Asus board with both AGP and PCI-Express.
Don't go there...
Get a PCI-E motherboard (no AGP), either an AMD AM2 (cheap) or an Intel Conroe (starts at $180 for CPU).
If you keep your current card you will be stuck with an AGP board that will have a crippled PCI-E slot (if any). You will be investing in throw-away parts.
December 12, 2006 2:53:34 PM

Thank you for the advice. :p 
December 12, 2006 3:35:29 PM

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If you keep your current card you will be stuck with an AGP board that will have a crippled PCI-E slot (if any). You will be investing in throw-away parts.


Not necessarily. The Asrock dual-SATA2 has full speed PCIe and AGP 8x ports, no performance penalties on either. Socket 939 though.
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