Someone suggested that instead I could upgrade to a 1950 AGP card, and save myself quite a bit of money. I had some questions about the card.
I cannot find a 512 mb version of the 1950XT on AGP, would the 256 MB XT version be better than a 512 Pro?
My problem with my old build is that my 9800XT does not work with a lot of newer games such as Bioshock, the 1950 should fix this but spending ~200+ on an AGP card I want to be sure it is worth it. Will the rest of my system slow me down, or would replacing the GFX card be a noticeable improvement. I have a 26" monitor, and like to run on decent if not high settings, would I be able to do this on many of the newer games just upgrading the GFX card or should I bite the bullet and start over from scratch.
Start over from scratch, ESPECIALLY if running a big screen with a res of or above 1920x1200. You are going to need dual card setups to run that big of a res with high settings properly on the high profile games.
A 256mb X1950 XT will make a colossal difference in your gaming experience, but it'll top out at 1650x1080. On a 22" LCD monitor that'd be great for you, but if you have a 26" monitor... and on that beast, 1650x1080 might not cut it.
I don't know the native resolution of your 26" monitor, but if it's 1920x1200 or therabouts you're going to need one of the heavyweights - say a Geforce 8800 or Radeon 2900 XT or 3870.
The one thing you might want to consider - supposedly the Radeon 3850 is coming to AGP. If it does, I'll be testing it for Tom's Hardware on a single core Athlon64 3400+... that might give you an idea how it'd work with your system.
I don't mind my monitor for now, I'll upgrade it a little later (probably not until after Christmas).
From the replies here I think I will try to milk a few more months (maybe even a year) out of my current system by just buying a new GFX card. I can afford a hundred dollars now, and most of what I am looking forward to playing hasn't been released yet anyways. So it should tide me over until then.
For AGP cards is the 1950XT 256 mb my best option at the moment? Better then the 512 pro version? Or is there something better out there. Or I guess if it is not too long I could wait for the review on the new AGP cards, anyone have an idea of how long that will be or if it will be a major improvement (or if not at least a price reduction on the 1950)?
At 1600x1200, an X1950 XT will certianly play new titles and be wayyyy faster than your 9800. On the newest stuff like Crysis though, you won't be able to run full detail of course... but then, I can't do that on my E6750 paired with a 2900 XT, either.
With a CRT, it's a viable option for you, to be sure. But with 256MB, you won't be able to use the 'very high' texture settings in games that can utilize 512 MB texture sets.
Get the 1950PRO512mb, AGP for the mem. It's worth it. O.C. it w/stock cooler and you get scores very close to the XT and of course better w/higher res. At the res. you play at the most (1280x) you'll see a huge diff. w/1950XT 256mb... however you're gonna be surprised by the ability to use 2 mon. at the same time for games like Supreme Commader or to watch the Simpson's at the same time that you play Oblivion etc. The 512mb is good for that. I have another rig. similar to yours w/1600PRO512mbAGP and do the mentioned multi tasking w/it (768mb sys. RAM,AMDathlon2600xpSTOCKspd.,350wPSU,AsusA7N8X-Deluxe) BTW!!! all settings MAXED "!"
Do you have any problems with your processor on that computer, someone in the processor forum said that my Athlon 64 FX-51 wouldn't cut it for new games. (also when searching for the 1950 saw a similiar comment saying something about new games requiring 2.8ghz +P4's)
I swapped from a fx5900xt to a 1950pro six months ago. I used the opportunity to pick up a new MB for Pci express on ebay at the same time. It was cheaper because of the price difference between the agp and pcix on the GPU and then later I sold my old MB for the same money I paid for the new one. I am still happy with that upgrade on 22 inch LCD with 1680 x 1050
Just out of curiosity, none of you have heard about the huge problems some 1950 pro/gt agp users (including me, unfortunately) are having? Basically it boils down to this: any driver newer than 7.6 won't work in 3D mode for me (and many others). There's a ton of threads on this subject all around the net, use google to find them if you want to.
Ya, I haven't heard of/seen any problems. I'm using 7.10 drivers on my AGP sys. w/7.11 drivers on my PCI-E sys. I will put 7.11 on the AGP soon, today, and I don't anticipate any issues. I have beaten Oblivion twice at MAX settings all across the board, w/ my AGP sys. It runs Quake 4 w/o any issues w/all settings maxed out. (not ULTRA) WILL run in Ultra but does skip sometimes. Either way, AGP is not dead. The ATi "solution" is far superior to that of NV, for AGP.
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