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Which AGP Card Is My Best Deal?

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January 31, 2009 4:51:18 AM

I'm looking to upgrade my Dimension 4600 from a NVIDIA 5200 128mb AGB GPU. I can't really afford a new computer or a new MOBO, and I'm trying to get a little more time out of my computer with a new GPU.

I have a Pentium 4 2.4, 1.2gigs of RAM, and only AGP and reg. PCI slots
I've been looking around various forums and others sights for the best deal. I want a GPU good enough for games (the primary reason why I'm getting a new one) but I really only want to spend between $65-$100.

I'm not expecting to run any games at max, especially more recent games. But, I'm hoping get a GPU from which I can get a noticeable improvement in my games compared to my old 5200. I'm not looking to stick with the rig for too much longs, so paying much more than $100 doesn't seem worth it. I'd only be willing to pay up to $150 if it's significantly better than my other choices for upgrade.

So far I think that I've narrowed it down to these cards at 512mb

GeForce 6200 512MB 64-bit GDDR2 AGP - I like the price and the brand but from what I've read it may be poor for games
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Radeon X1650 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 AGP - I like the price and it seems the best mid-range option I'm looking for
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Radeon HD 2600XT 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 AGP - I'll be willing to get it if it's worth it for games
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Radeon HD 3850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 AGP - It's expensive for me, I'd only get it if it blew the others out of the water
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

So, are these cards ok for what I need and reliable? If so, which one gives me the best bang for the buck? This is the first time I've shopped for a GPU, so I appreciate any help or suggestions.

Thanks for your time.


Edited:
I'm leaning toward these Radeon X1650, can anyone tell me what's the difference between these models?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -seems popular
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -the card mentioned above

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January 31, 2009 4:56:31 AM

The Radeon 2600XT is you best bet for that rig, 3850 will be bottlenecked by the CPU. Certainly it won't run anything out there on Ultra High but it'll run games at decent and playable settings.
January 31, 2009 11:20:24 AM

Right i had a amd 64x arch mobo with the cpu and the best agp card i ever had was 7200GT BFG SERIES (in my games back then i had 300 fps)

But if you are looking gp for certain reasons like low profile, i would get the 8500GT
But if you want performance (tho im worryied @ bottelnecking for you), i would suggest to go to the XFX/Fatailty site's as that company has always stuck with agp, until 2008 that is, as agp once was faster than pci-e
Anyways there site offers realy good agp cards. enjoy brav!
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