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Best Agp Card For A Sempron 3000+, want to avoid a bottleneck

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December 19, 2007 7:29:29 PM

Hey guys
What video card would you recomend for an old AGP rig that I want to keep alive for about 6 more months? Right now I'm running a geforce 6200 and 1 gig of ram with a Sempron 3000+ 1.8 ghz. What's the best card (for gaming) I can get before the CPU bottlenecks the system? I'd like to play things like BF 2142 on high settings. Right now I can run it on medium-low at 1024x768.
Yes, I know PCI-E is the new standard but I won't be getting a new PC until next fall. I'm thinking of a geforce 7600gs or gt.
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December 19, 2007 7:52:31 PM

AGP Radeon 2600 XT is your best bet. $112 on newegg, and faster than the 7600 GT.

Anything more than that won't show much improvement because of your sempron...
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December 19, 2007 7:52:50 PM

My son has a sempron 3100+ he runs an x1900gt Pcix with it and is very happy might be a slight bottleneck but big improvement from his old X800GT. You should be OK with the 7600 but everybody is saying that for the price the HD2600XT is the best buy now since it is better than 7600GT.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 19, 2007 8:35:00 PM

PSU specs please.
December 19, 2007 8:39:02 PM

2600XT is indeed the best for your pc. If you want the best AGP, the 3850 might come out in AGP flavor.
December 19, 2007 9:23:12 PM

Thanks for the answers guys!
@KyleSTL, my PSU is the original "250 watt" oem one that came with this computer. An emachines from walmart. So yeah, I know I'll probably need to upgrade it. On the other hand I've never had an issue with it and the Sempron doesn't draw much juice as I understand.
December 19, 2007 9:27:04 PM

Thanks for the answers guys!
@KyleSTL, my PSU is the original "250 watt" oem one that came with this computer. An emachines from walmart. So yeah, I know I'll probably need to upgrade it. On the other hand I've never had an issue with it and the Sempron doesn't draw much juice as I understand.
By the way, there are alot of reviews on Newegg that say the 2600xt doesnt have working drivers?
December 19, 2007 10:43:20 PM

PSU upgrade, stat! I would say an FSP unit for low cost and [relative] high quality. On top of that I would throw in an X1650Pro (cheap, no driver issues, decent performance), X1950GT (much higher cost, much better performance), or the $119 HD2600XT (with almost guaranteed driver issues). I would NOT recommend upgrading your GPU without getting a higher quality and high capacity PSU.
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