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help me tell a m8 what gfx card to get

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by kidkhaos, 30 May 2006.

  1. kidkhaos

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 5 Jan 2004

    Posts: 1,528

    i gave this friend my old stuff a while ago the main things were

    9800xt 256
    3.2 p4
    1024 pc3200 ram
    maxtor 7500rmp hd

    now it played cs and half life 2 fine but now he wants to play oblivion as good as possible with having to upgrade to pci-e. What he wants to know is if he gets the best AGP gfx card possible, is his current setup will it be good enough to run oblivion quite high. I said yes but to be honest i dont want him to buy it then find out it wont work. So i ask people here, just to be sure :D
    (and the gfx he'll probly get is Gainward BLISS GeForce 7800 GS+ SILENT 512MB GDDR3)

  2. semi-pro waster

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 27 Sep 2004

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    Location: Glasgow

    I'd be thinking for a while before spending the better part of £300 on the fastest AGP card ever likely to be made. It should make it playable, how high the framerates are and what sort of eye-candy isn't something I am altogether sure about.

    Has he considered buying a socket 478(I'm assuming that is what it is) motherboard with PCI-E and then getting a 7900gt or X1800XT and another gb of Ram as that will work out to be about the same price but gives him a PCI-E graphics card from which to build a new system in the future plus more Ram for right now.
  3. matt1


    Joined: 2 May 2004

    Posts: 2,532

    Location: Nottingham

    Another consideration may be would that CPU be holding back a bleeding edge graphics card? I couldn't say, but it may. I had an issue a few years back where I had a P4 2.53GHz with a GF4Ti4800, and upgrading to a GF6600GT made such a minor improvement - so I decided to make a new rig just because the benefits were there. It may be difficult but if you could find a top graphics card to test in his machine first, see if there are improvements and then make a decision. A cheap A64 system would play games better than his current setup imo.
  4. Lanz


    Joined: 26 Nov 2002

    Posts: 6,855

    Location: Romford

    Nvidia cards dont perform too good in Oblivion, a £170 X1800XT PCIe would be quicker than a £300 7800GS+ AGP. So if that's his main game, then buying the 7800 might be a little dissapointing (although it works great in all other games)

    Many latest games are GPU limited, so the P4 3.2ghz will still be fine. If you can find a PCI-e motherboard for the P4 (and his PSU is good enough) then that is the way to go. (or just bite the bullet and get a new PC)
  5. kidkhaos

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 5 Jan 2004

    Posts: 1,528

    cheers for all your help, i told him to go pci. I found out his willing to part with £500, but he doesnt like chainging pc components himself, so i probably do that for him.

  6. LoadsaMoney


    Joined: 8 Jul 2003

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    Location: In a house

    For £500 id go for an x1900 XT/X and a new motherboard/Ram. :D