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.
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.
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.
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?)