My buddy talked to me and said he needs a budget card between $40~$70. I recommended the X1650 PRO for AGP(He needs a quick fix for a fairly old computer with an AGP port, he's running integrated now). He was able to pick up an ATI X1650 512MB for $55 on the bay. Would you say he made out decent for a cheap AGP solution?
yeah not a bad deal, the X1650's are still quite high end parts for the AGP Bus... but Im expecting he bought a DDR2 model, which aint upto much but will suffice for low resolution gaming.
Ya thats what I thought was the flipside when he mentioned the 512 version, looks like the 256 version has the DDR3. But I don't think it will matter too much since I will direct him to not even bother with AA/AF. The resolution I think he will be playing at will be around 1024 or 1280 for WoW, maybe Guildwars too.
It's hard to find a GDDR3 version anymore. I got an AGP GDDR3 a little over a year ago when you had a choice. But even the GDDR2 version is about as good as you will find for the money. For $55 he did real well.