AGP card recommendations.

i know there has probably been a lot of these posts in the past, and unfortunately I'm about to make another one (sorry guys! :( )

now i know were a dieing breed, but I still have and actively use my dieing dinosaur of an AGP based desktop, for just about everything, from watching streaming movies online, listening to music, surfing the net and playing games (probably the main focus of the pc). Im not at liberty to be able to make any huge significant PC upgrades at this time, since I'm out of work, so just a decent quick small fix to my problem is all thats needed to get me by for at least the next couple of months.

the current PC specs im running atm are:

mobo: asustek p5p800 (socket 775)
CPU: intel P4 630 Prescott 3.00GHz
RAM: 2GB dual channel DDR133Mhz
VGA: nvidia GeForce FX 5200 128mb AGP 8x
PSU: Lite-On 280w
O/S: Win XP + SP3

what I need is some recommendations for a video card fix for roughly a 6 month time period (if i can get longer out of it, great just gives me more time to save even more for a better setup) that will be capable in running diablo 3, league of legends, SMITE (all 3 games pass minimum system req. except for video card) (so shader model 3.0 support is a MUST) i dont care about how great or amazing the graphics will be im perfectly compliant with only playing games at a 1024x768 res, at low everything if need be, just as long as i can achieve and maintain at least 20-30 FPS (currently play league around 5-9 fps until team fights then it goes lower :( )

I also know that a power supply is going to end up being another issue as well seeing as how its so low, so feel free to suggest compatible ones as well. Keep in mind my budget for this quick little fix is roughly between $90-$120CDN.

any tips, suggestions, recommendations would be greatly appreciated
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  1. That power supply is limiting you big time, I would get a better one than buy a card like this:

    That is the fastest you want to go for your setup.
  2. I don't think the nVidia 6800 meets the mim requirments of Diablo 3. But how ever I have gone to a lot of sites and anything bigger then the card listed above cannot find. So I will give you a list of the one's I found and I will link you to the hierarchy of GPU's so you can serch and look. But so far the biggest card is the 6800. Good luck to you.,3107-7.html

    Both the cards will work it is too bad they are out of stock. But it would handle all the games you want to play. Maybe if you do a serch on ebay or something you might find them
    and this one

    Minimum System Requirements

    OS: Windows® XP/Vista/7 (latest service packs) with DX 9.0c
    CPU: Intel Pentium® D 2.8 GHz or AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 4400+
    Video: NVIDIA® GeForce® 7800 GT or ATI Radeon™ X1950 Pro or better
    RAM: 1 GB RAM (XP), 1.5 GB (Vista/7)
    Hard Drive: 12 GB available HD space
    Disc Drive: DVD-ROM (required for retail disc versions only)
    Monitor: 1024×748 minimum resolution

    Recommended System Requirements

    OS: Windows® Vista/7 (latest service packs)
    CPU: Intel® Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 5600+ 2.8 GHz
    RAM: 2 GB RAM
    Video: NVIDIA® GeForce® 260 or ATI Radeon™ HD 4870 or better
  3. The most modern AGP card is the Radeon 4670 and I believe it's the fastest, too. This card is hard to come by, but I think it's the best choice. :)
  4. The 4670 is the fastest and last AGP card but it is extremely hard to find and expensive if you do. Here is another card:

    These "higher-end" AGP cards are hard to come by now a days so you should act fast.

    Actually your P4 doesn't meet the minimum system requirements for Diablo 3.
  5. I found a 3850 but it is way over your budget. I will keep looking. The second link is a 4670 AGP and it is at CompUSA but you have to go to the store to get it. It lists what stored have it.

    Just found one on Ebay but it is over your budget too. There is one in Idaho for sale on there craigs list. It is only $59.00 or so and it is new. Good luck to your.
  6. The 3850agp video card is the best gaming app video card, specifically the HIS ice a version. I have the regular one And it runs about 55 fps on league of legends, but I use the processor qx6700. The 3850 agp goes for around 170$ online Ebay. It needs a 450 watt power supply and 8 pin adapter.

    The second best is the 4670 which cost around 120$, 400 watt power supply and molex connector. This card however has an hdmi port unlike the 3850. Also this card runs about 10 to 15 fps slower.

    I would know since I have both.
  7. I Appreciate all the suggestions and help. I started looking into some of these, and i had ended up finding hopefully what would be a better route to go, an old aquaintenance is actually getting rid of his old (4yrs roughly) gaming rig that he just upgraded from, and is offering me quite a deal on it i believe.

    mobo: asus p5k se
    cpu: intel dual core 2.6ghz
    vga: nvidia geforce 9800GTX
    ram: 4gigs
    psu: 400 watt

    the whole tower for $100 CDN. I wanna think its a great deal and upgrade from my previous setup (first post of this thread), any thoughts? and will i see much of a performance upgrade in terms of LoL, and the ability to play Diablo 3 as well?
  8. Oh yeah it is way better then your old one plus you will be able to play that game. Then start saving up for a new build because the 2 core CPU's will be dieing out soon.

    So by the time they do you shoulc have saved up enough money to buy a better rig. When you are ready to buy a better rig come back on here and I know a lot of people will help you in that area.

    Your old friend will refund your money if it breaks right? I hate buying used electronics stuff. Because you don't know how may hours are log onto the stuff plus don't know how may hours are left.

    But in your case I would go for it and as you can see it is better than yours and it meets the min requirements to play. I hope everything goes well and good luck to you and have fun gaming. Cheers
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