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Old 12-22-05, 06:11 PM
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Looking for AGP replacement for 9800pro

My parents told me today they need more xmas ideas since apparently they are finding it tough to shop for me this year. I figure I will ask for a new video card, but since they just mentioned it today I am extremely limited on time to research. I realize anything I get will be held back by my P4 2.4 but I figure it is one of the easier items to shop for since I can give them an exact model.

I figure they will spend no more than $300 so what would you recommend? Keep in mind they would be buying at compusa, BB or CC. I mainly play BF2,COD2 and WOW currently, no movies.

Here is what I see in stock as listed online
eVGA e-GeForce™ 6600 GT Video Card (128A8N350DX) 249.99 at Circuit City
eVGA GeForce™ 6800 Video Card (128A8N343DX) 299.99 at Circuit City
ATI RADEON X850 PRO 256MB GDDR3 AGP Graphics Card
Model: 100-435712 279.99 at Best Buy

Ultimately I could always return and get one through mailorder also though. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Old 12-22-05, 06:25 PM
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The nVidia cards are 50% too expensive and will show only an insignificant improvement over your 9800Pro.

I can't comment on the X850.
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I have to ask how much RAM do you have in your system, and are you running the current DirectX 9.0c?

The fastest way to bump up your performance is to install more RAM (up to limit of your motherboard if you can afford it). By installing more RAM, it means far less hard drive virtual memory paging, which speeds up performance quite a bit.
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You can definitely find a lot better deals online. I know 6600 GT cards were down to about 100 after rebates at newegg.com.

I agree about RAM. If you're at 512, I would recommend upgrading to 1 GB, and then a 6600 GT. If you want to spend it all on a video card, a 6800 GT.
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can I buy your old agp card?
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Originally Posted by fumanstan
You can definitely find a lot better deals online. I know 6600 GT cards were down to about 100 after rebates at newegg.com.

I agree about RAM. If you're at 512, I would recommend upgrading to 1 GB, and then a 6600 GT. If you want to spend it all on a video card, a 6800 GT.
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Currently running 1gig but thought about bumping to two. I probably will end up asking for something else at this point or just get cash due to the fact Sunday is xmas and I don't know if they will venture out tomorrow.
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Originally Posted by innocentfreak
Currently running 1gig but thought about bumping to two. I probably will end up asking for something else at this point or just get cash due to the fact Sunday is xmas and I don't know if they will venture out tomorrow.
If the game you want to play is a major memory hog, I'd recommend upping the memory to as much as you can afford. Games like the current versions of Doom and Unreal Tournament are major resource hogs, to say the lesat.

Also, make sure you're running the current DirectX 9.0c and using the current WHQL-certified Radeon driver by going to THIS web page.

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