Ok ive gotta purchase a new vid card by Oct 1st. I'm looking for thoughts on whether I should get an AGP 6800gt and compatible mobo or a PCI express card and mobo. I'm trying to take into consideration, building a new system in a couple years (say 2), so one of my conundrums is whether the AGP card will last for the next 2 or so (I cant see buying a 400$ card and not being able to use it in 2 years). Any thoughts are greatly appreciated.
GA-7NNXP, XP3000+ Barton
1 gig corsair pc2700, 2 Maxtor 80GB SATA 150
1 Seagate 160 gig ATA 133,
Asus GeForce4 TI4800, Samsung 172X
D. VINE 4 Chassis (moded)
On the other hand, you can buy a great card for less than half the price right now (say a 9800 PRO) and then another great card in a year or two with the money you saved, that will probably be faster than the 6800 will in a couple years... that's usually the route I take, and I'm happy with that strategy.
Look at the guys who spent $500+ on a 9800XT last year... the upcoming 6600GT's are faster in alot of titles and will be about $200. New technology always gets cheaper and better, so buying the fastest thing for the most cash is rarely a good idea unless budget is not a concern.
Well I see no problems going to PCIe right now, that way you will be able to upgrade to the 512mb cards that can work with the bandwidth of PCIe that AGP has no chance in. If you can find it, get a mobo that can support SLI. Played with one from Dell and all I have to say is DAMN!
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