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Old 09-13-2006, 09:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, I'm a gamer and I have a dec system, (2.8ghz p4, 512mb RAM, 100gb HD etc). A median system I guess. So when I bought it, I was mainly looking at the price, rather than what kind of specs it had, and unfortunately it didn't come with a AGP slot. So I had to buy a $80 128mb PCI video card, and ended up overclocking it to get fair graphics.

Well recently the card went craps on me; and I really want to upgrade. My only good option would be to get a new motherboard that works with the same stuff I have, and get a new video card. But I only have about $150, so that leaves me to get a pretty good mobo on ebay (like $30-40) and then I have about $100 to get a good agp card.

I've looked, and so far the best cards for my price range are:

Radeon 9800 series
Radeon 9700 series
Nvidia 5500
Nvidia 5600
Nvidia 5800

I also am taking into account that I want a card with atleast 128mb mem. I really dont want to buy a $90 card on ebay, but if thats what it's going to take to get good fps, then oh well. Any opinions?
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Old 09-13-2006, 10:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What socket is your P4, 478 or 775?
Also, do you know if it is the newer Prescott core or older Northwood?
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It's 478, and its the prescott.
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