Is going from 1950pro agp to HD3850 agp worth it?

Hey guys,
I noticed that some people have asked this question before, but i was hoping, based on my current setup, you could tell me if getting a HD3850 agp would be of any benifit to me. I mostly play CS:S, HL2, portal, World in conflict, Crysis, Doom 3, and COD4. Would i see any improvement in those games if i swithced to HD3850 agp?

I have

Motherbord: DFI 875p (rev.b) socket 478
CPU: Pentium 4 EE 3.4ghz 2mb 800mhz bus
Memory: OCZ Platinum (rev.2) 2 gig Dual channel (2-3-2-5)
Graphics: HIS X1950pro AGP 512mb (590mhz core, 1.54Ghz memory)
Hard drive: Maxtor 120 gig SATA 7,200rpm 8mb
Sound: Creative X-FI
OS: Windows XP Home SP3
ATI: Cat 8.6
Monitor: LCD LG 1933 (1280X1024 max res)
PUS: Corsair VX550W

Currently i get an average of 14-19 fps in World in Conflict (graphics settings set to high (no dx 10, 1280X1024, AA 4x), 29-36 fps In COD4 (all settings to max), 20-27 fps on Crysis ( everything set to medium, no aa, 1024X768), 80-109 fps in CS:S & HL:2 & portal (all settings to max, 1280X1024), 56 FPS Doom 3 (graphics set to Ultra, 1280X1024, no AA).

thanks
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  1. a better upgrade would be spend 50 $ on a new mobo... 50 bucks on a newer socket cpu... and spend 150 (after rebate) on a 4850...

    boom... 350 and you get a good system... w/o some old AGP interface
  2. That p4 will bottleneck the 3850, so you won't get the full performance out of it. Still, you should notice a significant improvenment.
  3. Quote:
    a better upgrade would be spend 50 $ on a new mobo... 50 bucks on a newer socket cpu... and spend 150 (after rebate) on a 4850...

    boom... 350 and you get a good system... w/o some old AGP interface


    +$30 for 2GB DDR2... Just sayin'... OCZ Platinum Rev 2 DDR2 800 is OK and is always avail. for < $30 after mir.

    You might want to spend a bit more on the board though. $75-100 will put you in a good spot. $50 for a 1066 MHz i945 solution will only get you so far & you might need to pin mod ( bsel mod ) the chip to get a good overclock.

    Get an Intel G33 board that is good for overclocking see this: http://www.anandtech.com/showdoc.aspx?i=3111&p=8 , and a Pentium dual core and overclock the sh*t out of it. Whip the cheap bast*rd until it screams for mercy.


    C.
  4. While I think you'd see some improvement, I concur with the others who recommend not putting any more time and money into that old system.
    What is your budget, max and preferred?
  5. well...i cant afford much, you see my friend is selling his HD3850 to me for 50 dollars and that's the most i could spend anyways. I don't think i could get a better deal than that
  6. Then, it's worth it at $50. Otherwise, a CPU, mobo and memory upgrade with the new GPU makes more sense. It's all in what you can afford. If you can get a 3850 AGP for $50, go for it, especially since you have a good PSU for such an old system.
  7. $50 Dollars?! Don't hesitate! As long it is in good shape. Why is he selling it? Becareful!
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