Help! Need cheap AGP graphic card

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  1. Opium
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    Hey guys,

    I'm in a pickle, I want to buy a cheap AGP graphic card that gives me the most bang for my buck. I have around $AU300 to spend so I need some recommendations.

    My computer:

    P4 2.6Ghz (overclocked to around 2.8)
    Old Asus motherboard (AGP slots, IDE harddrives etc)
    1GB DDR ram
    Radeon 9800XT


    The graphics card isn't really cutting it anymore. I want something with shader 3.0 support so I can play Unreal Tournament 3 when it comes out. Also stuff like BF2142/Oblivion runs a little slowly on my current setup.

    So yeah I don't have the money to spend to upgrade my whole computer to PCI or whatever so it needs to be a cheap AGP graphics card. What would you guys recommend? I've been looking at these ones:

    eVGA GEFORCE 7800GS CO 256MB DDR3 AGP8X
    HIS ATi Radeon X1950Pro 512M DDR3 HDTV/Dual DVI 8xAGP
    HIS ATi Radeon X1650Pro 512M IceQ DDR2 HDTV/Dual DVI 8xAGP
    XFX GeForce 7600GS 512MB DDR2 8xAGP

    Thanks for the help [​IMG]
     
  2. Mooney

    Mooney Advanced Member

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    ATI Radeon 9800 PRO ftw. [​IMG]
     
  3. Opium
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    lol. It's aging [​IMG]

    I can play Half-Life 2: Episode One reasonably but there's no hope for some of the newer games. I found the X1950Pro 512M here form $AU318, it seems like a good buy. Some reviews of it show great performance over the others.
     
  4. fischju_original

    fischju_original I used to be a jerk before i got banned

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    That 1650 is the best choice for cash+power
     
  5. nintendofreak

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    whats AGP? [​IMG] [​IMG]

    My brother uses the 7600GS (PCI 16x tho) and it runs BF2142 beautifully!! I dont know how i manage with this sorry x1400 on my laptop [​IMG]
     
  6. Opium
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    I'm not sure if my power supply can handle the X1950 Pro. the Pro uses a 6 pin connector and my power supply uses 4 pins. I was told I can get a power splitter cable and make it work with two 4 pin cables which is fair enough. But I'm not sure the power supply has enough power to run it.

    400 Watts total output
     
  7. xcalibur

    xcalibur Gbatemp's Chocolate Bear

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    the x1950 ddr3 will be your best bet!
    ddr3 is so much faster than ddr2 and can give a world of difference but if i were you i would just get a new motherboard...AGP just doesnt cut it anymore
     
  8. Linkiboy

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  9. iamwhoiam

    iamwhoiam Honorary R4 Fanboy

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    I'm on a 6800 GT AGP... was the best bang for buck AGP card at the time (last year).... I dunno what AUS$300 is tho [​IMG] My ignorance *checks xe.com*
     
  10. fischju_original

    fischju_original I used to be a jerk before i got banned

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    X1650 is the best budget card there
     
  11. pikachucrackpipe

    pikachucrackpipe President

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    get this. and there's a 50 dollar rebate. w00t