Hmmm... I'm trying to run team fortress 2 & I get about 18 - 20 fps with my radeon 9600xt. I was hoping to get more from the 7600gt. Would I see much improvement from the 15 - 20 fps? Thanks for your help!
They guys talking about bottlenecking are full of it (to an extent).
I went from a ATI 9800PRO to a MSI/Nvidia 6600GT and the 6600GT rans circles around the 9800PRO and I didn't change a thing in my machine other than the video card (AMD 2100+ @ 1.8 and 1.75 gigs of crappy DDR400 RAM).
I can understand how a high end card might be bottlenecked on certain CPU intensive games, but a better card will be a better card period. YOu'll get better framerates and better resolutions on better cards. YOu might get stuck at 30-40 fps, but those 30-40 fps will look damn good.
I would also look at the ATI HD2600XT as it can be found a bit cheaper than most AGP 7600GTs.
I would agree with this.
Also i would agree to some extent with what OOOwatah said, yes it is to some extent a waste if you care that some fps are going begging because the cpu cant keep up but it will look good.
I would worry that it may be just too big of a bottleneck though.
Any chance of upgrading the cpu if you try the card and are unhappy with the result?
What's your resolution? I'm going to assume around 1280x1024, and if so, a 7600GT or HD 2600XT would both be good choices, and I'd pick whichever was cheaper, as they're in the same bracket of DX9 performance.
At that resolution, your processor should be fine...it can feed the data to the graphics cards at pace with framerates. Go above that, you'll be gpu-bound. Below that, you'll be cpu-bound.
Thank you all for the attentive replies! Right now I'm running 1024 x 768. The HD 2600XT is defiantly the cheaper of the two. Do you know if I can run a standard VGA monitor with that card? I couldn't find much info off newegg.
You made a wise choice. The HD2600XT will totally spank the 7600GT. It's downfall is fsaa performance. Priced about the same in AGP, the HD2600XT is a far better buy though. And compared to your 9600XT, the increase will be HUGE!