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Graphics Card Upgrade - Advice Needed


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SparkiUK

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Hi just installed Windows Vista Ultimate on what was an XP Pro machine. Struggles with graphics now when playing graphics intensive games but don't want to go back to XP. So will upgrade my RAM but also need to upgrade graphics card. Current system is

MSI K8N Neo Platinum Nforce3 250 SKT 754 SATA GIGBIT LAN 7.1 Motherboard
AMD (Newcastle) Athlon 64bit 3000+ 512kb L2 Cache 754pin Processor
2 x Crucial CT6464Z40B 512MB 184-pin DIMM DDR PC3200 CL=3 UNBUFFERED NON-ECC DDR400 (total 1GB RAM)
Sapphire Radeon 9600 Pro Advantage 128MB DDR AGP x8 VGA TV-Out DVI-I Graphics Card
and 160GB SATA hard disk

So, apart from upping the RAM, i need advice on which graphics card is best. Don't want to spend more than £100 ($200) and confused on the variety of cards out there and what will fit my motherboard. Graphics must have DVI output for my monitor.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Simon

Edited by SparkiUK, 06 February 2007 - 01:21 PM.

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Hemal

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an AGP graphics card is very limiting but you should look for a 6800, 7600 from Nvidia or maybe even a 1650XT- make sure your new card has AT MINIMUM 12-16 pixel pipelines for something that would last you a while, but PCI-Express cards are what took over the market and unfortunately your board does not support that :whistling:
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HIS, Diamond, Sapphire, GECUBE, and Powercolor all sell X1950Pro's for $200-$235 (£101-£120). They are the best AGP cards. However, ATI may be coming out with an AGP X1950Pro (who doesn't love ambiguity?), and the ATI versions are usually better, so it might be worth waiting for it. You could also go for a NVIDIA 7800GS for around $160 (£82).

Edited by stettybet0, 06 February 2007 - 06:30 PM.

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Give it a month or two, the Ati's will be the same as the 8800GTX, will be better, and will drop the price of the 8800GTX. Winner all round.
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The R600 will only be PCI-X, the release of it will have virtually no impact if any at all on AGP cards. In other words waiting till the release in your circumstances seems pointless.
James

Edited by james_8970, 12 February 2007 - 07:23 PM.

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