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July 1, 2009 11:28:22 AM

I'm looking for the best bang for the buck AGP card in the $40-70 range.

It's a little harder to find info on something like this online currently because AGP is so old now, so I thought I would turn to the most reliable community I know. I'm going to be upgrading to a new system within like 3 months but I want to upgrade my current AGP build on a budget.

My current setup:

Processor: Intel Celeron 2.6GHz single-core
RAM: Kingston 768MB DDR SDRAM
GPU: Nvidia GeForce FX5200
PSU: 430 watt Antec TruPower
Mobo: ASUS P4PE-X Series
Monitor Resolution: 1024x768

I can currently run half-life 2 and CS:S at medium specs at get 20-40 FPS (25-35 mainly)
I want to run both of these games at max or close to max settings with reasonable FPS
I also want to run newer games like Fallout-3 and Oblivion at decent setting (Low with reasonable FPS is fine - I know the limitations of such a build :/ )

I'm going to be upgrading to 2GBs of RAM soon.

A friend was going to sell me a 6800 256MB for $45 (cheaper if I trade him one of my old cards)

To reach my goals what will be the best bang for the buck AGP card within my price range???

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July 1, 2009 11:34:03 AM

Oh, I forgot, I'm upgrading to a 2.8GHz Celeron in a second that I found in my house.
a b U Graphics card
July 1, 2009 3:10:20 PM

well i personally think you should just wait it out and add that 75 bucks to ur new build but i'll just keep my mouth shut :D 

In my opinion, i think you should go with an ATI Radeon HD 3650. This one is $59 after rebate and it'll get you pretty decent performance at 1024x768.

Here is the card:

also here is the benchmark for it on HL2 (same game engine) :

now, if you wanted to spend a little more you could get a 3850 (~$85) which is also on that benchmark. it'll fly through cs:s
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July 1, 2009 4:12:18 PM

I agree with uncfan about saving money :) 
I have a HD 3850 agp card, I get decent performance- COD4 max WIC max MTW2 max all at 1280x1024 res
This is the site I use to decide on what card to get when upgrading-
I dont know if you know about it or not but it helped me decide between the hd 3650 and the 3850
oh and I have a 2.4 ghz quad core and 1 gb of ram
a c 236 U Graphics card
July 1, 2009 4:18:15 PM

the 3650 for $60 would be fine for that CPU
a b U Graphics card
July 1, 2009 5:29:02 PM

thats what i thought but i gave him the option of the 3850 because he said he wants to play newer games and i didnt want to recommend something that might disappoint him in that category
a b U Graphics card
July 1, 2009 6:01:09 PM

I would take the 6800 with the trade in discount if I were you :]