The graphics card in my rather aging system is starting to give some trouble, and most likely needs to be replaced. It's a Radeon 9800 PRO and I must say that it served me pretty well for the last 4+ years.
The rest of the system is an AMD Athlon 64 3000+ CPU, Giga-byte K8NSNXP mobo, and 1GB RAM.
I'm not planning on buying a whole new rig just yet, so for now I'm looking for a suitable replacement AGP card that will last me for the next year, tops.
The 'Best Graphics Card for the Money' articles recommend the Radeon HD 2600 XT as a good AGP graphics card. Would this do? Or would it be overkill in this system?
A hugely late response, but I have one more question!
I seem to be seeing about a $5 difference between the Radeon x1650 Pro and the Radeon HD 2600 Pro.
Is there any sense in getting a 2600, which would surely be overkill, but using GPGPU tools to give it some more work to do? What's your take on GPGPU? Is it going anywhere? Is it getting somewhere already?
3650's, much like 2600XTs, are also very solid performers in many current game titles at lower resolutions. They can also be found priced well under $100, unlike the 3850's which are still upwards of $120-150.
Sapphire's 3650 and 3850 models side-by-side at Newegg: Click!
You might not need to spend the extra cash for a 3850 if you're planning on replacing the entire system sometime within the next year, or if you play at a low resolution.
Now it's getting complicated. This is because I can't seem to get a 2600XT or 3xxx locally, however my fav pc shop down the road can find a X850XT. At first I thought nah, but then I saw on the graphics card comparison chart that the X850XT is in the same tier as the 2600XT. Is this for real?
The X850XT only has 256MB and not much bells & whistles whereas the 2600XT has at least 512MB, but that's about the only advantage. The 2600XT also supports Directx10 and HDV, both of which I cannot make use of. So, the X850XT is now looking good.
To answer you Raz, yup, I'm only looking to make this last another year or so, and I'm only using 1280x1024 resolution.
Sorry you guys for asking more questions about all this outdated stuff! Really appreciate the advice.
With your monitor size, CPU and games played if you can snag a cheap X850 XT you might as well. My old PC has a Athlon64 3700+ paired with an X850 XT AGP. I can play games release up to a few years ago quite well with it on a 17" monitor.
I'm looking for an AGP Graphics Card to buy (old one GeForce FX 5700 popped out), since my board has no PCIEXpress and I dont want to make any more upgrades.
I seen a nmber of articles on this forum and found out that hight end cards support for AGP for nVidia is GeForce 7800 GTS family and for ATI the ATI Radeon HD 465XX or Radeon X1650 Pro. Can anyone confirm???
Also, I faced with a choice to buy [i'm a gamer but not frequent play now ) ] , a choice among the following: