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Looking For A Better AGP Card

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by m0r94n, 18 Jun 2006.

  1. m0r94n

    Mobster

    Joined: 9 Jun 2006

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    Location: Swindon

    I currently have a 256mb ATI X700 Radeon card in my AGP port. Unfortunatly my PC cannot support PCI-E and it doesnt look as if I will be able to get a new pc for atleast 6 months.

    Cutting to the chase, could someone please recommend an AGP card that would be better than the card listed above for around £100. Ideally (although this may be hard) im looking for something that will give me a decent FPS when playing Oblivion at a 1024x768 resolution with some of the optional settings on.

    Thanks in advance
     
    Last edited: 18 Jun 2006
  2. ajgoodfellow

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    Location: Shirley, Solihull, UK

    Hi!

    Welcome to the forums :)

    If it's just the vanilla X700, then a 6600GT would be your best option for £100. Great card and a decent upgrade. If it's an X700Pro then the 6600GT will be faster but only slightly

    There is the X1600Pro, this performs about on par with the 6600GT but it's a little slower

    The X800GTO will be a huge boost if you can stretch to £130
     
  3. BillytheImpaler

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    A lot of the midrange AGP cards can be softmodded into performing the same as *** higher end cards. The x800GTO is a great example of this.
     
  4. m0r94n

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    Seems to be just the vanilla X700. Cheers for the X800 GTO recommendation, I probably could take the spending up to £130. Ill have to evaluate how much money ive got coming in before I decide how much is going out on the card though ;) .
     
  5. t0ny

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    I was looking to upgrade from my 9800pro (died today). I was looking at the x800GTO, would that be a big boost?

    What would be the best x800GTO to go for?
     
  6. BillytheImpaler

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    Unless you're desperate it might be better for you to just pocket the money and wait until you can do a whole system. A lot of stir in CPUs is on its way so we should see prices tumble accordingly.
     
  7. ajgoodfellow

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    The X800GTO would be a decent boost over the 9800Pro

    As for brand, there really isn't much in it so I'd go for the cheapest one or the one with the best bundle :)
     
  8. t0ny

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    Just read a really damning review on the x1600pro AGP saying it really is not worth paying for and the cost of upgrading to PCI-Express seems a better option..

    I am so confused now, to get a PCI-Express port I would need a new MOBO
    + Chip, but did you not say to hang back on the chip right now?
     
  9. ajgoodfellow

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    The X1600Pro isn't a great card

    That's why I'd recommend going for the X800GTO @ £130 as it's a far better option :)
     
  10. t0ny

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    Ok, and this would be better to get me to the end of the year before having to go to PCi Express?
     
  11. ajgoodfellow

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    It will last you to the end of the year and it'll save a complete overhall

    Everyone at the moment is waiting for Conroe, due at the end of July. If it's as good as it's cracked up to be then it'll beat the A64 chips and leave the old P4s in the dust
     
  12. t0ny

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    Ahh, thanks so much for your help.

    Is it ok to post links on here to other sites?

    LINK REMOVED
     
    Last edited: 18 Jun 2006
  13. ajgoodfellow

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    That's the same thing

    You're not allowed to post links to competitor sites though so I'd remove it before a mod sees it :)
     
  14. MadMatty

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    Its absolutly not ok, id erase it before agent 47 is braught in to take you away ;)
     
  15. t0ny

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    Cool, well looks like I might go for this then.

    Thanks for your help ;)
     
  16. t0ny

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    Oh Crap, one thing.. Will this work on my two monitors the same as my 9800pro?
     
  17. ajgoodfellow

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    Yep
     
  18. t0ny

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    Thanks again for your help.

    Looks like what ever happend to my PC has effected the on board NICnow. I get to static Orange lights on the back and it won't pick up an IP from my router.. This day is getting worse!!!!!

    Got it working now..

    Do I risk trying my 9800 hehehe!
     
    Last edited: 18 Jun 2006
  19. titaniumx3

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    I'd definitely try it, could be your motherboard at fault. I once nearly chucked my 9800pro in the bin untill I found the motherboard was bust.
     
  20. t0ny

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    Oh well the Card still does not work.

    Just ordered an X800GTO 256MB, hope that gets me another 6-12months!