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Best AGP card for my low-end system?

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I'm looking towards the x1650 Pro and the x1950 Pro.
Basically, what would be the wisest choice here? Low graphics don't concern me, but I would like to get a couple more years out of my system before going for a full upgrade. (Starcraft 2, L4D, Spore).

Someone recommended the x1950 Pro card which, while very nice, may be too much for my system. I may be spending $250 on the card and yet not using the card to it's full extent because of my low CPU.

Anyhow, in a couple of years time when I'm playing games on full minimum, will there really be much of a difference between having an x1650 Pro and an x1950 Pro, or will my CPU be so far behind it doesn't matter? (keep in mind the x1950 costs twice as much).
post #2 of 12
the x1950 pro would be fine, dont worry

and the x1650 pro is crap.. hence the price
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the x1950 pro would be fine, dont worry

and the x1650 pro is crap.. hence the price
Should I be concerned about the P4?
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Actually, there is VERY little I can't play at high res. (see sig for current setup)
For $130 you could get the Geforce 6800XT 512Mb and unlock all the pipes. It has been a very good card for me.
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Actually, there is VERY little I can't play at high res. (see sig for current setup)
For $130 you could get the Geforce 6800XT 512Mb and unlock all the pipes. It has been a very good card for me.
Hmm that's good news. As long as the P4 doesn't pull the FPS down below 40 regularly I would be happy.
post #6 of 12
Go with the X1950 Pro you'll be happy you did. Just make sure your PSU is good enough to handle it.
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Go with the X1950 Pro you'll be happy you did. Just make sure your PSU is good enough to handle it.
The PSU is 400watt. The recommendation is 450watt I think. I've heard of people having lower with this card, though.
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My BFG 7800 GS OC also kicks but!!!!!!!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814143046
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I like my 7800gs, voltmodded and such it's at 673/800. If I had a better psu it would go higher though.
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Hmm that's good news. As long as the P4 doesn't pull the FPS down below 40 regularly I would be happy.
Actually from all the benchmarks I have done the bottleneck is the card itself. So, when I unlocked and overclocked the card, the benchmark scores shot up.

The main reason I got it is it was an open box item and I got it for $80. My budget for computer stuff is... well, non-existent. And my MB and VGA card died one right after the other, so I had to go cheap.
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