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December 14, 2006 9:03:50 PM

Alright, I'm lookin' to upgrade my video card and just wanted some advice on what I should look to get. I'm runnin' a P4 2.5, 1gig DDR, and right now i still have the Geforce fx 5200 :oops:  that i have had for YEARS. (laugh it up) I'm lookin for a good AGP card, in the 100-200 dollar range. If you could supply me with ideas of what would be best, i would appreciate it. I would upgrade my whole system, but I want instant results. :lol: 

But a new system will be coming after this.

My wife offered to buy me a video card. 8O How can you say no to that? :) 



Edit: I was lookin for the x850pro, but it seems they just vanished. So i have also been lookin to the Sapphire x800GTO, and the Geforce 6800GS OC.

The edit was to show that I'm no tryin to make you all do the work for me. :wink:

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December 14, 2006 9:16:41 PM

7600GS bro. You need to have a 300w PSU and 18amps on the +12v rail. Best fit for your spec imo.
December 14, 2006 10:10:57 PM

Before you make a choice, see this:
http://forums.nvidia.com/index.php?showtopic=9382
Don't get me wrong, the 7800 GS I've got runs the new game most awsome!! Looks good, I am using NGO drivers vs. Nvidias. But I've got money in my pocket and am seriously looking at Crossfire over SLI for my next rig because of this issue.
DC

PS Plz send a WTF message to Nvidia concerning this issue.
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December 14, 2006 10:22:20 PM

Make sure you have a good power supply if you go with the bfg card. I was 3 amps short on the 12v to get one.
December 15, 2006 2:18:18 AM

Alright if i'm willing to spend 200 i might has well go for another 30 ish right?


Think the 7800GS would be too much for my system to handle?
December 15, 2006 12:11:10 PM

Double check your power supply, can you ever have "too much" video horsepower, I don't think so.. :lol: 
December 15, 2006 12:42:12 PM

The 7800GS will be a waste of money for your system. Your CPU will bottleneck that video card. Better to get a used X800Pro as mentioned or similar.

Instead of the 7800GS AGP, it'd be better to save a little extra to get a newer old system.

Example:

PSU/Case Antec Sonata II 450W PSU, $66
CPU: Athlon 64 3200 socket 939, $61
Mobo: ECS KN1 Lite, $55
Video Card: BFG 7600GT, $114

Reuse your hard drive and memory.

Total: $296

Some people would say I'm crazy to suggest a socket 939 but for 66 bucks more than the 7800GS, it would be well worth it. And you'd actually be getting the performance out of the 7600GT card.
December 15, 2006 12:57:50 PM

Yeah, i figured that graphics power liket hat would be a waste in my system.
December 15, 2006 1:10:56 PM

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Yeah, i figured that graphics power liket hat would be a waste in my system.


I'm not so sure.

I'm in the midst of an X1950 PRO review for Tom's, and it's doing wonders for my old Athlon XP 2500+... :) 
December 15, 2006 1:41:20 PM

Cleeve, what are you comparing the X1950Pro with in your review with the XP 2500+?

I'm sure the X1950Pro does wonders when going from a 6600GT or similar but I don't see the X1950Pro giving a significant improvement if one has a 7600GT. But this is pure speculation. Then again, some games are more reliant on the GPU than the CPU.

I can't wait for that article of yours. Btw, those 2 2500+ Bartons that I got, they were DOA. My friend confirmed it. Going to ship them back and hopefully get 2 that actually work.
December 15, 2006 2:29:40 PM

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Cleeve, what are you comparing the X1950Pro with in your review with the XP 2500+?


I'm jumping the gun a bit, haven't tested the AGP 7600 GT or X800 XL yet.
But the 2500+ with the X1950 PRO honks.

Oblivion, 1280x1024 with HDR and good detail is real smooth...
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