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Good AGP Video Card for HTPC

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March 13, 2008 1:25:09 AM

I am currently running this system for a HTPC

3 Ghz P4
2 gig Ram
Ati 9500 Pro

It is on an older Asus P4C800 Deluxe mobo and only has the AGP. I have been happy with the Ati but it is starting to act up so I am looking for another card. Any suggestions for a good passively cooled Vid card? I really don't want to scrap my Mobo and start over as the wife probably won't allow it. Any suggestions would be great.

Thanks

Egar
March 13, 2008 1:30:23 AM

Depends what do you use it for?
if your gaming the nvidia 7600gs is pretty good its not expensive so i would go with that

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

I had the video card and it ran great it had some problems with the colors but you can easily fix it by configuring them yourself. Hope that helped you a bit.
March 13, 2008 1:45:14 AM

I don't do alot of gaming on the HTPC I have a tower in my office for that. Lately the 9500 have been crashing and I am just looking for a newer card to watch my recorded tv, DVDs etc and some light gaming but nothing major.
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March 13, 2008 2:47:23 AM

I have a gecube X1950xt agp Id sell.Cheap! Its the fastest agp card out there.Unless ati recently released a newer one.Let me know if your interested.
March 13, 2008 2:49:57 AM

fbm211 said:
I have a gecube X1950xt agp Id sell.Cheap! Its the fastest agp card out there.Unless ati recently released a newer one.Let me know if your interested.


why u sellin that card? u goin for the 3850s? and how much?
March 13, 2008 4:24:13 AM

Im sellig it because I recently upgraded my mobo, cpu, memory, and vid card.(I just listed my FX-57 on ebay).Id sell it for 75.00 and include a pci slot cooler with it.It does get very hot but its a pretty fast card.(Runs oblivian at high settings smooth as silk.)
March 13, 2008 5:22:57 AM

could u give me your ebay link?
March 13, 2008 7:27:49 AM

Hey Alkaegar

I would go with Ati HD2400XT or higher [2600Pro, 2600XT]

seems like radeon 2400Pro dont have full hardware acceleration for decoing HD content.

take a look at this:

http://www.nvision.pl/_plugins/content/content.php?content.161.15

article is in polish but you will get the picture :) 
it shows cpu usage
test platform:
AMD Sempron 3400+ (1.8GHz) - peformancewise pretty close to your p4 3ghz
March 13, 2008 12:25:45 PM

if you want the "BEST" AGP card out there then it's the hd3850, but it's not passive cooling: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and as you can see are selling like freakin hot cakes! yes your system will prob bottleneck it, but hey most cats could care less. so just throwing this one out there IF you don't mind the price or the potential bottleneck!
March 13, 2008 1:14:29 PM

Naw-yi said:
could u give me your ebay link?

I dont think your build can run this card.I took a look at your config and a p3 2x/4x agp board just wuoldnt have enough to power the gecube card.I didnt put the gecube on ebay,only the athlon fx-57.
March 13, 2008 1:27:19 PM

$75 for an X1950XT AGP, tempting .... PM sent.
March 13, 2008 1:46:58 PM

Alkaegar said:
I am currently running this system for a HTPC

3 Ghz P4
2 gig Ram
Ati 9500 Pro

It is on an older Asus P4C800 Deluxe mobo and only has the AGP. I have been happy with the Ati but it is starting to act up so I am looking for another card. Any suggestions for a good passively cooled Vid card? I really don't want to scrap my Mobo and start over as the wife probably won't allow it. Any suggestions would be great.

Thanks

Egar



Scrap the wife and buy a new system.
March 13, 2008 2:06:09 PM

fbm211 said:
I dont think your build can run this card.I took a look at your config and a p3 2x/4x agp board just wuoldnt have enough to power the gecube card.I didnt put the gecube on ebay,only the athlon fx-57.


thats a joke build...lol sry

p4 2.53 ghz
soyo mb
x1650pro agp
thats the rig i would be using the x1900 card for.
March 13, 2008 2:14:11 PM

Oh ok.I can list it on ebay if you really want it.The X1950xt cant be found on retail sites anymore.Toms hardware gave this card a pretty good rating several months ago in the best gaming graphics cards for the money sections.
March 13, 2008 2:22:16 PM

I'd say a 2400 PRO would be fine for regular DVDs, if Blu-Ray is your future goal don't settle for less than a 2600 PRO... 2600 XT is probably a safer bet.

I'm making the assumption that the AGP cards have the same HD postprocessing ability as the PCIe cards; there's no reason they shouldn't, but I haven't tested them personally...

AGP doesn't really offer any Blu-Ray solutions from Nvidia because they don't have any 8x00 cards on AGP and the 7x00 series can't postprocess HD.
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