Ok, this may seem like a weird question but I could really use your opinion. I have the opportunity to upgrade my Radeon 9500 Pro to Radeon 9700 Pro for $50. Should I go for it? By the way, I currently have:
Athlon XP 2400+
Asus A7N8X Deluxe
512MB PC3200 RAM
Radeon 9500 Pro
I know this seems like a "low spec" system but I wasn't planning an upgrade anyway. I maybe upgrade next Christmas or something but I have come around this offer now and I was wondering if I should take it.
I'll agree, assuming he knows the history of that card and trusts the former owner. I wouldn't trade my 9500 pro even swap for a 9700 pro off a stranger on ebay. A fully functioning 9500 pro is much better than an abused half-dead 9700 pro. :wink:
Hehe .. I wish that the 9700 Pro was only $50. You see, here where I live computer hardware is very expensive (people in the USA are very lucky on this issue!). But right now I have the chance to sell my 9500 Pro and get a 9700 Pro from the USA since a friend is currently on holiday there (he can bring it with him when he comes back). So the difference will be only about $50.
Anyway, I think I will go for it. I just upgraded my monitor anyway and need to play games at 1280x1024 from now on !!
By the way, now that I've bought the 9700 Pro I have one more question where you can probably help me. Would you suggest buying an AXP-M 2500+ CPU? My memory is PC3200 Corsair XMS (it can do 2-2-2-5 at my current 166MHz FSB) but my A7N8X Deluxe is rev 1.02 which it may or it may not support 200MHz FSB (200MHz FSB is guaranteed by Asus only on rev 2.0 boards I believe).
What do you think? Will I see a noticable increase in performance if I upgrade from a 2GHz Tbred to a 2.2GHz Barton? I am saying "2.2GHz" because I don't want to be disappointed if I can't reach any higher speeds, since it basically comes down to how lucky you are. Please note that I also have a Thermalright SLK-800 which is a nice cooler.
Alhtough I wouldn't mind upgrading to an A64 system, I really don't feel that I must since my PC can cope just fine with everything I do (even if that's playing FarCry or HL2). That's why I prefer to push my next major upgrade the furthest I can, so I can buy a complete new system at the end of 2005 probably, or maybe even later if I still don't see the need for upgrading.