I'm trying to help a friend out with upgrading his computer and I'm trying to figure out which AGP card is going to be the best for the money. His basic specs currently are 2 gigs of RAM, Pentium 4 3.4 ghz, and he currently has an ATI 9800 pro. I'm thinking perhaps the ATI X1950 pro would be a good upgrade but I don't want to mislead him if the CPU is going to bottleneck the GPU. What would be the best AGP upgrade?
I have the HIS x1950 256mb Pro AGP. Dual slot card - exhaust out the back. Good card. It might be a little hard to remove since it is a little hard to get your fingers under it to pull the AGP slot tab. I had to upgrade the power supply twice for the 12v rail amps, the -5v motherboard power requirement (that I forgot about) and the PCIe power connector that the card needed.
I've got a similar system and I was considering the same thing. The main question is what is the card for?
If it is for BF or Oblivion then the 1950 seems like a good choice! But if he wants to play mostly RTS like Supreme Commander and Mark of Chaos then the cpu will be a problem.
He should also have in mind when is he going to upgrade cause the card won't go with him to the next build and AGP cards are more expensive...
The Gecube X1950XT AGP is about $50-60 more than the X1950PRO. Either way, the OP will need to take a look at his PSU. It's recomended that you have a 450W PSU with 30 amps on the 12v rail. But, I know of someone getting by with less *cough* blade85 *cough*. :wink: Just don't skimp on the amps. A good 22-30 amps minimum.
Overclockers are selling this at the moment HIS ATI Radeon X1650 XT ICEQ TURBO 256MB GDDR3 HDTV/DVI (AGP) - Retail (H165XTQT256GDDA-R)
Im thinking its a good deal for people who want to upgrade from something like a 9800 but cant be bothered or havent the knowhow to replace the psu.
It comes in on the reviews about the same as a 7600gt
I think AGP is far from dead. Too many customers out there with AGP systems that want to upgrade theiry systems, not replace them. kaotao is right on the money as there is a 7900GS AGP video card and now a 7950GT AGP video card. Looks like AGP will be around for a while longer.
It kind of, but not really, pisses me off that manufacturers harped on the whole PCI-E deal as being far superior to AGP and necessery to upgrade to, which I'm not saying it isn't, but with solid AGP cards still coming out that, for the most part, are right on par with their PCI-E brethren, it just seems like it was a bit premature and unecessary. I guess that's the comp hardware world for ya, latest and greatest as soon as possible. [/rant]