I have an ATI X850XT agp (bought it in late 2004 for $430) and i want to know is it worth it to get an X1950XT agp, X1950pro 512mb or the 7950GT agp. I know agp is becoming dead but i have spent too much money on my system and can not afford a new system build. I am looking to play Cyrsis, BF2114, World in conflict, Duke Nukem Forever (if it ever comes out)..... all very demanding games. I want to know if those cards i have metioned above can play those games at max settings in DX9 (not DX 10, i know they are not DX10 cards). I am also buying more memory. Here is what i have
Mobo: DFI Infinity 875P rev.B (not lan party version)
CPU: Pentium 4 Extreme Edition 3.4Ghz/800fsb 2mb L3 cache
Video Card: X850XT 256mb Agp
Hard drive: Maxtor 120gig 8mb cache 7,200rpm 9.8ms average seek time
Memory: OCZ Platinum rev.2 Dual 1 gig 2-2-2-5 (PC-3200)
Sound: onboard with EAX 2.0 5.1 channel
Network: 1000/100/10 Lan port
PSU: 500watt antec Basiq
DVD Burner: Memorex Dual layer ATA 133
DVD: Sony 16X 512k cache ATA 133
OS: Windows XP Home edition SP2
Monitor: LG L1933TR-SF 19" DVI/HDCP, Contrast 3000:1, 2ms( (just got it from best buy, could not find reviews on it though, when its on it gets really hot is that normal?)
I agree with the X1950XT as the best you could probably get.
If you have 2 gig of memory, I wouldn't spend more for memory.
If it were me, I'd keep what I have for a while and try to save enough to go with a new motherboard, memory, and video card. I really wouldn't spend the cash on the X1950XT AGP solution.
I'd get the x1950xt if you can find it for a good price. It would be a huge boost from the x850xt, and will probably play all those games very well. You won't be able to max Crysis out, but it will still play well.