I currently have a MSI GeForce 4 TI 4200 running at 4x on my system. I want to play doom 3 and half life 2 at reasonable quality. The problem is that my system is very average.
My current setup is:
P4T533-C asus motherboard
P4 2.4 at 533mhz FSB
4x 256 MB RIMM memory at 533mhz
AGP 4x slot (OUTCH)
Consideging the fact that the only system setups that would give me a significant upgrade cost WAY more than I plan spending on, I would like to keep this setup as long as possible. Would it be worth it to get a new video card?
Should I get a 9800 pro 128? At AGP4x, is it going to be worth the bucks?
Any suggestions on to upgrade or not and models would be appreciated. Thanks
Yeah, you'd see a definite difference with a 9800 PRO.
Hell, I went from a 9500 PRO to a 9700 PRO and I saw a very nice difference... and a 9500 PRO is better than a Ti4200. That 256-bit bus on the 9700/9800 PROs is a wonderful thing.
The 4xAGP slot isn't going to limit you at all. the difference between 4x and 8x AGP is negligable unless you're running at ungodly high resolutions (say 1600) and you're not going to be running that high with a 9800 PRO anyway.
The R9800Pro is a very VERY noticeable upgrade from the GF4ti in modern games. Not only speed at good resolution, but settings like AA/AF, as well as effects that can only be pulled of by newer cards (PS 1.4 and 2.0 effects).
So how much are the bucks? If you get it for the normal prices on NewEgg, Pricewatch, etc. then it's worth it.
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Why is everyone(not you) so hung up on AGP4X vs. 8X lately and not on the processor/chipset/memory performance limiting their cards instead? Seems like AGP 8X is one of the biggest misconceptions next to more ram=faster video card. Anyway I agree, 9800 Pro would be a nice upgrade.
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