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?
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).
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.
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.