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Need to replace an old and faithful Radeon 9500 Pro

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January 30, 2008 7:20:37 PM

I built a new system and gave my brother-in-law my old Radeon 9500 Pro. I've had this card since late 2002 and here we are in 2008 and it "supposedly" died (I'm thinking mishandled!..) RIP old friend..

Anyway, what is the cheapest AGP card available today that would beat an old 9500 Pro? I've lost track of the video card wars (well, I picked up an x1950 Pro about a year ago because it was, IMO, the best bang for the buck at the time) and don't really know if a, let’s say, GeForce 7100 is even worth buying?

Lame post I know, but if anyone can throw me some useful information I'd greatly appreciate it.

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January 30, 2008 8:42:15 PM

This will run current games abit not High setting but its dirt cheap and keep you chugging along
X1650PRO AGP
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

X1650GT based of the X1650XT but a little slower $100 After MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Depends on what you want to spend, 50-100, if you want something cheap to just satisfy your computer for another couple years then the X1650PRO AGO would be your choice, if you still want to game on todays newer games and want decent framerates, the X1650GT would be a perfect choice.

AGP is a dying bus not alot of good cards out there, about the only good one was the X1950pro but they stopped making it in Favor of the newer HD3850 which is currently the best AGP card money can buy.
January 30, 2008 9:17:21 PM

It seems the X1650XT is about as good as you can get.
Anything better and other parts become the bottleneck. (CPU, RAM, BUS, etc)
Even the faster HD3850 I expect will require a much faster system.

What will be the most demanding application you will be running? After the X1650, it's time for new EVERYTHING.
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January 30, 2008 9:43:14 PM

Problem with the X1650XT or GT is the HD2600XT is $99 shipped free from newegg and much faster. I would say HD2600XT for sure because it's the best higher end AGP buy right now, but it doesn't answer his question about the cheapest card > 9500 pro.

9600 pro is a little behind your 9500 pro for under $50 no rebate.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

X1650 pro would be much better for a little more after rebate:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

edit: the X1650 pro posted up above is cheaper, but PCI-e not agp.
January 30, 2008 10:46:35 PM

WOW, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... What a great price! (Crap, just noticed its PCI Express, damn!)

Basically my brother-in-law gets my hand-me-downs. ;) 

Athlon 2500+ OC'd to 3200+
Nforce 2 chipset on shuttle mobo
2GB Ram

He is on a VERY limited (aka Whatever I give him) computer/gaming budget so cheap beats frame rate EVERY day of the week! :lol: 

Even this card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... @ $60 + shipping will make him cringe.

What do you guys thing about these cards:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 344 Total Reviews! $29 + shipping!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The most demanding game he'll play is Far Cry. Everything else will be games like Sonic and Star Wars early stuff (for his kids)

Just trying to squeeze every bit of life out of this old system for him, for pennies!

Thanks for the great suggestions so far, keep'em coming!

BTW, I'm gaming on a BE x2 5000+ oc'd to 3.2 on air and no games with voltage. I have 4GB Ram, XP, 2-80GB sata drive in Raid 0, radeon x1950 Pro, MSI 790FX mobo (whenever AMD gets their act together and gets the phenom above 3ghz, I'll go quad core and maybe jump up to a directx 10.1 video card or two, or three? or four?)
February 1, 2008 5:06:27 PM

dear god none of those cards,

one is a FX 5500 which his now dead 9500pro totally stomps,

one is A x1050 which out of all those cards is probably the lesser of all those evils, basically a X1050 is nothing but a 9500 rebagged almost.
that 6200 is just $h!t stay away from that

I agree convince him to spend the $60 and get that X1650PRO AGP thats a good buy, if you cant then the X1050 is the next best.
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