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May 28, 2008 12:04:59 PM

I searched and saw a couple of thread ...but decided to register and ask for my self

Haven't played PC games in a while ... Age of Conan comes and catches my eye

Currently I play they game with decent frames ..but i'd love to play smoother and have shader model 3.0 (probably only smooth right now ..can only imagine when raids come into play)

current pc

AMD 64 3200+
1gb ram DDR
430w PSU
Radeon x800pro 256mb / Flashed to x800xt pe 256mb

..i was looking for a cheap solution to better my performance

basically upgrading to 2gb ram and throwing this in there

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

...would this be a bad idea?

i really only plan on playing age of conan on my pc for a while

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May 28, 2008 12:19:20 PM

Do it and also start budgeting for a new rig in the next year or so.
a b U Graphics card
May 28, 2008 12:21:47 PM

Your power supply will take the new video card.
The upgrade will certainly help.
Is that socket 754?
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May 28, 2008 12:21:59 PM

ok, that card will definitely give you better frame rates. so the increase of ram.

but honestly, ill get a new reg. but again, you know what you need. if you think that you wont be doing any gaming. then, sticking with you pc will be just fine.
May 28, 2008 12:44:05 PM

considering that you are only going to spend around $140 now for improvement of that system then i don't see an issue with that!

but i must say that their isn't a better time to go with a PCIe setup as prices are insanely cheaper and the performance over AGP will just blow you away. it has me since i made the leap early this year!

if you decide to do this upgrade for your AGP setup then it should be your last one and not for more money as it wouldn't be worth it then.
May 28, 2008 12:53:43 PM

Yep just save up and buy a new rig.
a b U Graphics card
May 28, 2008 1:19:37 PM

For $300, you can have an ASUS motherboard.
AMD 4200 X2, 2 gig of ddr2 memory, and an 8800GS.
Dig up a couple hundred more bucks, and shop Newegg a little.
I myself would not spend money on anything AGP, when everything else is so cheap to upgrade and give you so much more.
May 28, 2008 1:21:23 PM

If you can afford this, it will be a better investment.

The HD2600PRO DDR2 is not a big update from your x800XT.
a b U Graphics card
May 28, 2008 1:41:38 PM

I second that. They are at the same level.
May 28, 2008 2:27:40 PM

start fattening up ur piggy bank for a new rig. it's worth the money for new generation technology :) 
May 28, 2008 2:37:34 PM

The GDDR2 vs GDDR3 is a MUCH bigger difference than I would have thought. Don't buy a card with GDDR2 Memory. I would go with jitpublisher's recommendation if you can. It will be a huge boost, last longer, and be more upgradeable in the future.
May 28, 2008 5:03:27 PM

night_wolf_in said:
ok, that card will definitely give you better frame rates. so the increase of ram.

but honestly, ill get a new reg. but again, you know what you need. if you think that you wont be doing any gaming. then, sticking with you pc will be just fine.


Not always. 800xtpe performs fast as 7600gt. A 2600pro would be slightly better for recently released games but not so much with anything else.

2600 pro
Core Clock: 600 MHz
Shader Clock: 600 MHz
Memory Clock: 500 MHz (1000 DDR)
Memory Bandwidth: 16 GB/sec
FLOPS: 144 GFLOPS
Pixel Fill Rate: 2400 MPixels/sec
Texture Fill Rate: 4800 MTexels/sec

x800 xtpe
Core Clock: 500 MHz
Memory Clock: 500 MHz (1000 DDR)
Memory Bandwidth: 32 GB/sec
Shader Operations: 8000 MOperations/sec
Pixel Fill Rate: 8000 MPixels/sec
Texture Fill Rate: 8000 MTexels/sec
Vertex Operations: 750 MVertices/sec
May 28, 2008 5:55:19 PM

it's dead jim.

instead of throwing good money at an old dead rig, spend $300 - $400 on new core components instead. new mobo, proc, ram, video card. remember, it seems like an easy upgrade now, but maybe the ram won't be compatible, or maybe you're old mobo decides that it aint gonna work anymore a month down the road, and good luck finding an amd agp mobo to replace it. if you're smart, sell what you got on ebay and upgrade the core components.
May 28, 2008 5:57:29 PM

speaking of which, my old amd agp mobo just died, do you want to buy a 7800GS?
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