Hi people, I own a 4-year old computer with a 3200+ Athlon 64 CPU, ASUS K8N-E Motherboard, 1 GB Ram DDR400 and a 9600 XT ATI RADEON.
I was thinking on upgrading my graphic card (and maybe add 1 more Ram GB), just so I could easily play NW2 or maybe even Mass Efect (I'm not into FPS, so I don't need a complete upgrade for now). I've got the following candidates:
I have a rig that I just couldnt part with and wanted to get more performance from it. I bought the Sapphire HD 3850 , had some serious driver problems with it but got it work eventually with the 8.6 AGP Hotfix Driver.
Yeah theres some bottlenecks in it , but Ive been able to turn up the eye candy and get more life out of the system.
The current Cpus have limitations with the cards today especially the high end or multi gpu.
The HD 3850 is generations ahead of your current card so you will see a major difference, as long as you have a PSU that can power it.
Goodluck hope my experience helps you.
The 7600GS and 7600GT are not priced well. They are slower than the HD2600XT. The 3650 is pretty close to the 2600XT and an OK choice. The Sapphire HD3850 is a good deal too for the best AGP gaming cards you can buy. But, With an Athlon XP, I would lean toward the 2600XT vs the HD3850 because the CPU is going to hold you back bigtime in newer games. But it depends on your resolution. If you play at 1650x1050 or above, or like to enable fsaa in your games, then the HD3850 may be worth it. Otherwise, go with the HD2600XT and Put the 45 euros you save into more RAM.
Def get the 3850 if you want the fastest and most up to date features that AGP can offer, and as rgsaunders said I would also throw in another gig of ram, it would push the perfromance further and its a cheap upgrade now, you will see a remarkable difference and further the lifespan of your rig.
June 27, 2008 9:54:42 PM
get a better mobo... simple as that... they aren't making anymore AGP cards