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new video card

Postby Dezal » Thu Jul 20, 2006 9:07 pm

From my previous thread about my video card. I am expecting the worst that it is dead. If I need a new video card it has to be an AGP. I really liked my 9700 pro for its age. But it seems you cant find either the 9700 or 9800 hardly anymore.

I plan on upgrading Mobo and more later but now I cant afford it. I need a temp fix but would like to stay cheap. Under $100 is what I would like. I have looked at some ATI 9600XT with 256RAM like this one.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814153012

But some test reports I have read said that that board is slower than what I have.

I have been out of the loop of video cards for a couple of years so I dont know what would be best.

I am a gamer and what i'm looking for now is to be able to play games like Oblivion and Neverwinter Night2 from my old PC(I know very slow) until I do my major upgrades.

If anyone has help for my previous thread about my video card please help.

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Postby dbEric » Thu Jul 20, 2006 9:58 pm

I thought there were some X1600pro AGP around the $100-120 range.
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Postby Luda » Thu Jul 20, 2006 11:36 pm

X800 AGp is like 100 bucks... newegg.com
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Postby Ravo » Fri Jul 21, 2006 6:12 pm

So, you think it's totally gone? Bummer. Static electricity is killer. So are you on a backup machine now?

I've been looking on Newegg. Appearantly even an X1300 isn't going to give you much of anything your 9700 didn't already offer. I'm reading reviews that HDR is going to give even the $110 X1600 Pro I found hell.

Anyway, if you have no bias, the $100 NVidia Geforce 6600 has been the staple of budget gaming machines for 3 generations. If you really want an ATI, I'm not even aware of how their labelling system works. It looks like a $125 Sapphire Radeon X800 GTO would be your best bet, but is the cheaper Sapphire X1300 a better card because it has a higher number, or am I missing something?

Fair warning- since ATI and Nvidia have all but given up on AGP cards, the higher performing tiers are simply overclocked versions of old hardware. Just about every $100 and up AGP card I've read about has had heat issues. One guy went so far to say he was hitting 78-82 degress (C) on his X800.
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Postby Jakezor » Fri Jul 21, 2006 11:26 pm

IIRC an X1300 is a PCI-E 9700.

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