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New AGP Card for this system

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Forbidden, 7 Jun 2006.

  1. Forbidden

    Hitman

    Joined: 13 Jan 2005

    Posts: 628

    Hey,

    I need a new graphics card for my computer :S

    Mainly playing CSS and COD.

    I have a budet of £50 - £100

    Intel Pentium 4 Northwood CPU 2.40GHz
    Dimension 8200
    256 RDRAM @ 798MHz

    I used to have a gefroce card.
     
  2. ACESHIGH

    Mobster

    Joined: 17 Aug 2005

    Posts: 4,297

    This would be your best bet ...
    Sapphire X1600 Pro 256MB DDR2 AVIVO TV-Out/DVI (AGP) - Retail (GX-116-SP)
    Price: £71.95 (£84.54 Including VAT at 17.5%)
     
  3. Booner!

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 29 Sep 2005

    Posts: 9,129

    thats a shocking card, try stretch for an X800 of some sort, failing that go for a 6600gt or the like. i had this decision with a mate pc couple weeks ago and the X800 was the best thing he bought he said! i read some benchmarks and the X1600 isnt all that ;)

    Edit, just looking through clearance and found these, would be great at that price >

    1. Sapphire ATI Radeon X700 256MB DDR TV-Out/DVI (AGP) - Retail (11061-01-20) (GX-091-SP) Price: £66.95 (£78.67 Including VAT at 17.5%)

    2. HIS Excalibur ATI Radeon X700 ICEQII 128MB GDDR3 TV-Out/DVI (AGP) - Retail (RX700-AGP128ICEQ) (GX-045-HT) Price: £50.00 (£58.75 Including VAT at 17.5%)

    OR in ATI normal AGP cards (high than budget but have bought 2 and they are on par with 6800gt in most games imo)

    3. Sapphire ATI Radeon X800 GTO 256MB GDDR3 TV-Out/DVI (AGP) - Retail (GX-122-SP) Price: £104.95 (£123.32 Including VAT at 17.5%)

    ;) good luck and hope that helps your ideas
     
    Last edited: 8 Jun 2006
  4. GuruJockStrap

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 8,797

    Go the 2nd hand route.

    A 6800GT/Ultra or ATI X800 Pro/XL series card would tear through those games with utter ease.

    Just noticed you have only 256MB of system RAM! RDRAM is Rambus, which normally has to be installed in pairs. Do you have 2 x 128MB or just a single 256MB stick?

    Would be well upping the RAM to at least 512MB first and then getting a graphics card with whatever you have left.
     
  5. Forbidden

    Hitman

    Joined: 13 Jan 2005

    Posts: 628

    I will probs get an Nivida one :p
     
  6. GAMEfreak

    Hitman

    Joined: 16 Nov 2005

    Posts: 759

    Location: Newry, Northern ireland

    if your stuck on a budget get a vanilla 6800 LE, these can unlock, and are pretty good for the price.
     
  7. calnen

    Mobster

    Joined: 5 Jan 2004

    Posts: 4,063

    Location: Chester

    I'll second the suggestion for more ram. 512 seems to be pretty much a must. Then you could get a 2nd hand 9800pro and still be within budget.
     
  8. BillytheImpaler

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 2 Aug 2005

    Posts: 8,721

    Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA

    Rambus needs to be installed in pairs. A pair of 256 sticks for Rambus costs a small fortune as my boss just found out about a month ago.

    You'd be best off saving up the cash and getting a DDR or DDR2 system which'll probably have PCI-E. PCI-E cards are a better deal anyway as even older, poorer performing AGP cards remain high in price for the sole reason that they're AGP.
     
  9. Booner!

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 29 Sep 2005

    Posts: 9,129

    yeh , i am currently earning my way out of AGP ... you buy a new card (6800GT) and the look what happens... AGP starts fading away... time to start buying into pci-e my friend!
     
  10. BillytheImpaler

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 2 Aug 2005

    Posts: 8,721

    Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA

    It's not the AGP card that makes the system bad, it's the RDRAM. It's very expensive and most people think 40 ms CAS latencies are not good for performance.

    /posting from a machine with 256 MiB RDRAM