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Best AGP card for 2010

Discussion in 'Hardware, Software & Troubleshooting' started by BITE_ME, Aug 18, 2010.

  1. BITE_ME

    BITE_ME Bye-Bye

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    Did some googling.
    This card came out as the best : Sapphire Radeon HD 3850 512MB AGP
    What do you think?
     
  2. SkaarjMaster

    SkaarjMaster enemy of time

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    I guess this would only be good on an older system playing an older heavily-graphic card dependent game? I guess you would need one of the fastest AGP motherboards with fastest AGP MB CPU for this to be worth it. I'm just guessing and not in the biz.
     
  3. NRG

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    Newegg has 4650 and 4670's in AGP. Those could be pushing the boundaries of the AGP bus, but I'm too lazy to look into it or do some math. Either way Skaarj makes a good point, you could definitely risk bottlenecking the card with old tech.
     
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    link I found: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/best-agp-video-card.html

    Best AGP Video Card #1: Sapphire Radeon HD 3850 512MB AGP
    The Sapphire Radeon HD 385O is the best of the lot, with superior performance even on higher resolutions like 1680x1050. It has a 256 bit memory bus along with 512MB of GDDR3 VRAM. The combination provides for a smooth gaming experience. With a price tag of around $100, it is a good choice for a video card.

    Best AGP Video Card #2: Diamond ATI Radeon HD 4650 AGP Video Card
    This is a 4-series AMD graphics card based on an AGP bus and the only one of its kind. It comes with a 128 bit memory bus and GDDR3 memory. It consumes lesser amount of power and generates lesser amount of heat. It can easily play the latest Blu-Ray and HD-DVD quality videos. Priced little over $100, it is a good video card for medium resolutions and budget gaming!

    Best AGP Video Card #3: Asus Radeon HD 3650 AGP Video Card
    The Asus Radeon HD 3650 has a passively cooled graphics processor, which makes it a 'silent' performer. With a 512MB on-board memory and HDMI output support, this AGP video card is good for anybody who plays old kind of games, which are not that graphic intensive and is good enough for regular rendering of video applications.
     
  5. Bi()ha2arD

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    Buy a PCI-E 2.0 mobo already!
     
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  7. NRG

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    PCIE2.0 video cards will fit in PCIE1.0 slots if you REALLY don't want to replace your RAM/CPU that bad. There's no reason not to buy 2.0 on both because they're both cheap as hell. They're probably approaching the limits of PCIE1.0 and you'd also bottleneck the hell out any modern GPU with a P4.

    Also, if you overclocked your P4 to 12 GHz it'd still be slower than a 2.8 GHz i7.
     
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  8. Wormbo

    Wormbo Administrator Staff Member

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    P4 is slow as hell compared to modern CPUs. I held on to my P4 3GHz far too long. Upgrading to a Core 2 Quad was like attaching rocket boosters to a wheel chair. :D
     
  9. NeoNite

    NeoNite Worst hack fraud ever

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    Why do you want rocket boosters to a wheel chair, kamin?

    But Wormbo is right, the difference is very noticeable. I went from a pIII to a dual core to a core2. Very happy with the core2.
     
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    Because rocket boosters are cool on everything.
     
  11. BITE_ME

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    The only program that sucks on my PC right now is UT3. :(
    All the other 300 games play great.
     
  12. Fuzz

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    Best card for you is probably the Asus ATI Radeon HD 4650 1GB (AH4650/DI/1GD2) - AGP / DVI / HDMI.

    Upgrading to socket 775 and PCIe 2.0 will still be expensive in comparison, but it would be totally worth it.
     
  13. Bi()ha2arD

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    The new GPU won't really help that much if you have a P4 I gues...
     
  14. Agent_5

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    I find that link a bit questionable since it doesn't have any benchmarks to back up its claims.

    Would a quad core CPU running at 3Ghz be a good compromise? Or perhaps a hexacore at 2Ghz?


    Just for fun, I came up with a build that totals to a little over $300
    AMD Phenom II X2 550 Callisto 3.1GHz - $87.99
    MSI 870-G45 AM3 AMD 870 ATX AMD Motherboard - $69.99
    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 - $80.99
    XFX HD-467X-ZDF2 Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 - $64.99

    Total comes out to $303.96, not including shipping($0.00) or the Mail-in rebate for the video card($10.00)
     
  15. ZenPirate

    ZenPirate Living Legend (and moderator)

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    ^ Agent 5 is correct. Not only is that "on the cheap", it will run circles around your current rig, while mowing your lawn, and doing your mom....
     
  16. BITE_ME

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    I guess it might be time to upgrade my "Maximum PC of the 2002".
    We both built the same PC at the same time ;)
    But I don't like putting good stuff in the trash can :(

    I'll just make another thread when I find the stuff I want.
    Thanks for the help.

    PS: I'm looking at the 3.33Ghz I7 980x Extreme Edition right now ;)
     
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    Got kids to give it to as a handy-down? Family or friends you can sell it to for real cheap? Wont make much, but it's better than throwing it away.
     
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    the 3850 is afaik the fastest agp card.
     
  19. ~Psycho~

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    That's some upgrade!
     
  20. BITE_ME

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    19.98Ghz. LOL

    Funny thing is. It's the same price I paid for the 2.53 $1000.00.
    I guess Inflation hasn't touched the price of CPU's in 8 years.
     

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