Best AGP video card for Blu-Ray content

Hello all,

I'm looking at 3 agp ati video cards on newegg.

X1650Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102073

HD 3650 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102814

HD 3850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102730

I'm not into gaming. I just want a final upgrade for my agp system, which will enable me to efficiently watch HD movies. I would not like to spend any more the $80. I'm worried that I will not have enough power supply for the 3850, and the fact it will most likely bottleneck my cpu. 1650 doesn't quite look like it will handle HD content too well, which leaves the 3650 in the middle. Does the 3650 have a good reputation? Is Sapphire better than HIS? Any other suggestions???

Specs:
Motherboard- ASUS K8N
CPU- Athlon 64 XP 3400+ socket 754 (2.4ghz)
Video card- 6600GT 128mb, overclocked
Memory- 1GB
Power Supply- Thermaltake 430 watts http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153023

Thanks
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  1. if you have no desire to game get this instead
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121315

    otherwise the 3650 will be fine
  2. I'm not huge into gaming, but I would choose the 3650 over the 3450 because of the 128 bit architecture--just to be on the safe side. Any other ideas about choosing Sapphire over HIS??
  3. both are solid companies and have been making ATI cards for years, can't go wrong with either. Sapphire tends to have a better reputation as a home theater card.
  4. What about the 4650 AGP card?? which really is the best AGP card out there most of the ones I was looking at have gone discontinued. they still make decent mobo for AGP or rathr with AGPs I am current run a DUO core overclocked at ~3.2ghz with about 2 G of ram as well and I dont want to be playing with low res. if I am going to play I want the full effect. understandable I have heard a LOT of complaint of these "higher" AGP card because of lack of effective drivers.
    btw the 9800pro isnt a bad card it just doesnt have the higher shader for the latest games. its limited to shader 2.1 or there about the newest are using 4.1 Dawn of WAR 2 doesnt even pick up the fact I have a video rendering card because of this.
    and what about overclocking the video card I heard rumors its possible to do on certain AGP cards

    David
  5. ct1615 said:
    both are solid companies and have been making ATI cards for years, can't go wrong with either. Sapphire tends to have a better reputation as a home theater card.


    I asked about the 4650 AGP card. I just notice my board actually has BOTH agp and pcie. so now that boads another question. could I get 1 agp and crossfire it to the pcie?? I think I read somewhere that the card need to be the same BUT I do believe the 3850 come is both AGP and PCIe with crossfire abilities.. it may have been the one below that, 35xx

    and yes I still would like an answer on the 4650 agp card which supposedly sports 1G of ram
  6. You cannot crossfire a PCIe with an AGP card. Get a decent mid-range PCIe and be done with it (4670 would be my recommendation, 4850 if you have a decent power supply).
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