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how do these 4 video cards compare -edited

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Hey everybody,

dell 1.7 ghz
512 ram
AGP 4x

looking for cheap video card upgrade and looking at these 2 mid-level (i guess) cards LESS than - 150 $$

-how do these compare to each other and for moderate games maybe doom 3 and quake 4 ???
-also wanting to try games like Lego starwars 2 (needing pixel shaders)

Please let me know what you think,
and also I believe i will need to upgrade agp drive, if i remember right it's 2.0 version right now.

Any insight you can offer me will be appreciated, still learning about video cards and dont have much of a budget right now.

thanks in advance


1) PNY Verto GeForce 6600GT Video Card, 8x AGP, 128MB DDR3

2) VisionTek Xtasy 9600XT Video Card, 8x AGP, 256MB DDR
this card states: System Requirements: Intel¨ Pentium¨ 4/III/II/Celeronª, AMD¨
Duron/Athlon¨/Athlon XP¨ or compatible with AGP 2X (3.3v), 4X (1.5V), 8X
(0.8v) or Universal AGP 3.0 bus configuration (2X/4X/8X).
3) ATI Technologies Radeon 9600SE Video Card, 8x AGP, 128MB DDR

4) ATI Technologies Inc.'s RADEON 9550 AGP

Edited by mannyz, 07 September 2006 - 04:12 PM.

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I could be wrong, but with DDR3, does that not imporve performance? I know the second card has more memory, but the speed of the memory is what makes a big difference... Also, I would prefer NVIDIA, just becuase I trust them more.
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Of those two cards, the 6600GT is the best, but if your budget around or under $150, then go for the 7600GT. You can find them for $120 or so after rebate.

Edit: Awww crap, never mind. Didn't look at the AGP. I don't believe there is a AGP compatible 7600GT.

I would look at something like this:

Edited by kidnova, 07 September 2006 - 02:11 PM.

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how about this card in comparison to the others...

ATI Radeon 9250 256MB AGP Video Card w/TV-Out (NEW)

is this one any good?
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