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What's the best AGP card on my budget?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Obinice, Mar 25, 2006.

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  1. Obinice

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    Heya there, I have a budget of around about £150 and I'm looking for the best AGP card to fit that price, preferably NVIDIA as I've had issues with ATI in the past. I want to be able to run games like Half Life 2, or Elder Scrolls Oblivion on high quality.

    The rest of my PC is pretty decent, 1GB ram & 3.4Ghz P4. Just need a better GCard.

    So, any recommendations? And thanks for any help you can offer :)
     
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    If you shop around and are lucky, you should be able to get a geforce 6800 gt for around this price.
    This is still probably one of the best agp cards available, £150 wont get you one of the top brands, but even the cheaper 6800 gt cards are very good.
     
  3. Obinice

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    Can I ask what's the difference between the 6800 GT and the 6800 GS? I'm sure this is a stupid question to someone that knows about such things, but hey =P
     
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    I have decided to get the 7800GS, however after looking online I've found that there seems to be several different versions, all slightly different in price and stuff. Which should I get? I've decided (after just checking how much I have in the bank lol) that I can pay up to £200 for the card, but no more.
     
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    There's hundreds of different brands with very small diffferences like slighty different clock speeds and cooling solutions, the speed differences are usually in the neighbourhood of 5 - 25 mhz.

    My preferred brands for video cards are eVGA, Sapphire, BFG, PowerColor, Asus, and MSI. I would avoid XFX. But there's many more that are good as well.
     
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    Where do you think would be the cheapest place I could get the BFG GeForce 7800GS OC 256MB AGP?
     
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    Sorry for double posting lol, anyway I've decided to get the BFG GeForce 7800GS OC 256MB AGP, and I want you to shout any good reasons I should choose any of the other 7800GS's over this one (and £220 is the highest I'll pay, because it's what this BFG costs).
     
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    £220 seems hell of a price for an AGP card, personally I would rather put the money towards a board that supports PCI-E.
     
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    I tend to agree with this, even £ 150 for the cheaper 6800gt is a bit on the borderline.
    Dont forget, agp is on its way out so if you upgrade in the future your new card will be no good for your new pc.
     
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    Well what you guys are saying doesn't really make sense to me, just because there's a new interface doesn't mean AGP is useless or not worth buying now. Do you guys buy a new car every year just because a new model is available? A Geforce 7800GS is going to be a great card for a long time, and he has a Pentium 4 3.4Ghz processor with 1GB of RAM. Its not some old and slow Pentium 3 or Athlon, its a modern fast system. To go to PCI-Express he may need a motherboard, processor, memory, and power supply if he's using a socket 478 platform.
     
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    Could be a 775 processor, then all that would need changing would be the mobo & maybe the psu. Then with the money left, approx £130+ could also buy a decent pcie graphics card.
    There are a few companies that manufacture socket 478 mobos with pcie, so if one of these was purchased, nothing else would be needed apart from the pcie graphics card .
     
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