help me choose a new AGP card. max $200 tho id rather not go that high. the choices look to be a 7600gt 256mb, 7800gs 256mb, 1950 256mb or 1950 512mb
my rig is a p4 3.2 ghz 2gb ram, 500w psu (double checking on that) and the vid card is a 9800pro 128mb
would i get a sizable advantage with one of those newer cards over the 9800? would my cpu hold them back? games (online only) played are test drive unltd, bf2/2142, ut2004. i dont care about AA/AF, super high resol, mark, bragging rights. i just want 1024x768 with good fps around 50
i know most of u will say just get a new pcie mb/vid card but i have a dell xps and that stuff isnt easily upgradable. i do plan on building a new system but not for a while. money isnt an issue, so i dont care if i drop $200 now and build a new $1500 system in 6 months
You would see improvement in any of those cards over 9800pro. If your looking for a cheap upgrade for 6 months, the 7600gt is a nice choice and it over clocks easily. Can't beat it for i think $105 or so. If you want to spend a little more, I would pick the 1950pro 256. It's around $165 if memory serves me right and is the best out of the 3 choices from what I've seen in machines that I've worked on. Just make sure you have the 12v amp required to run it and your system. Hope this helped.
You would see improvement in any of those cards over 9800pro. If your looking for a cheap upgrade for 6 months, the 7600gt is a nice choice and it over clocks easily. Can't beat it for i think $105 or so.
I agree that he would see huge gains from a 7600GT, but for $150 (in AGP they come nowhere near $105) they're a terrible buy when you can get that X1950GT I linked for the same price.
yah that article helped me a lot. i wasnt even considering ATIs til i read it. so with the 1950, would the 512mb version be worth the extra $$$ over the 256mb version? as in, will my cpu bottleneck before i max the vid card out. thx for the help
get the pro over the gt regardless of video memory. once you are looking at the pro, the 512mb vs the 256mb really comes down to what resolution you are playing at. since you mentioned 10x7 or 12x10, 256mb should be fine. a 256mb x1950pro should smoke a 512mb x1950gt (someone else chime in if i'm wrong). always look for the most powerful gpu in your price range first, in this case the 1950pro vs gt, and then worry about vram second.
Personally, I'm not sure how. Back in the time when my knowing of computers was very small, our dell contracted a trojan(guess who did it :twisted: ) And we had a friend of ours fix it, and used some sort of utility to overclock the processor(kinda asked him too myself). Wasn't a noticeable overclock either. 2.8 -> 3.0 I can find out what it is if my folks see the guy anytime soon.
But yeah, you can't access the BIOS normally, but with a program this guy used, he apparently did.