Video Card Help

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  1. Cueball1029

    Cueball1029 New Member

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    I just got a new computer, but under some interesting circumstances. I'm not going to get into the whole story, but I now have a pretty damn nice computer and the only thing I need to upgrade is the video card.

    I find video cards a little confusing considering ATI or NVIDIA and ram over speed and speed over ram, etc. I finally narrowed my search to something along the lines of a ATI 9600XT.

    Just to be on the safe side I go check the specs at hp.com. I was sure a new computer like this would have an AGP slot, but the cheap assholes decide to give me a mobo that doesn't have one. So I am stuck with one PCI Express x16 graphics PEG slot, three PCI slots and one PCI expansion slot.

    Now I am looking at having to get a PCI video card. I am unfamiliar with them all together and I need your help. I am looking to spend $150. I don't need something crazy, just something that can play HL2.

    My computer has a 3gig P4 with HT, 512 ram and 200 gig harddrive. The rest of the specs if needed are here.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. P07r0457

    P07r0457 New Member

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    PCI-E16 is BETTER than AGP.

    so those cheap bastards, as you put it, are doing you a favor.

    Go grab an ATi X600Pro or 6600 and thank me later.
     
  3. Javi

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    jollyogre is correct.
    PCI-Express moves more bandwidth than AGP does.

    However, good luck in finding any cards. I hear the demand is pretty high!
     
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    6600GT is awsome. NewEgg has a good selection of cost-effective PCI-E cards.
     
  5. Smash_99

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    I agree with jollyogre, the 6600GT is awesome. I recently got it for $182, so if you can afford the extra 30 over your budget, its well worth it.
     
  6. staticu

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    Have to agree with the rest, PCI-E > AGP... In the next few years you're gonna see AGP get phased out... I just ordered my 6800GT this morning, so I gotta say shoot for the 6600, I don't think you'll be disappointed, and I used to be an ATI fan :)
     
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    X700XT 128Bit 128MB/256MB 8 pipelines $199/249
    6600GT 128Bit 128MB 8 pipelines $185/230

    X800XL 256Bit 128MB/256MB 12/16 pipelines $249/349
     

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