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Old 06-15-2006, 05:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default X800 XL AGP Card- better then 6600GT AGP?


Yeah, so this is the graphics card I'm looking at: All In Wonder x800 XL AGP. I know all of you will probably say it is time to upgrade to PCI-Express mobo and things along those lines, but I'm not up to it and I'm on a tight budget. I right now have 64MB integrated graphics and I want to update to this so I could play newer games like BF2, F.E.A.R, World of Warcraft, and Elder Scrolls 4 atleast decently. Do you think this card is better then a 6600GT AGP, the other card I'm looking at?

Secondly, I want to know if my general idea for upgrades is a good idea...here is my current setup, its ok for everything but gaming.

AGP Motherboard(Don't know its name...it has 3 PCI and 1 AGP)
Intel Pentium 4 3.00E Ghz Proccesor with HT Technology
2x256MB Kingston DDR RAM PC3200
64MB Intel Integrated Graphics
160GB Hard Drive

If, let's say I added the x800 XL AGP and 512MB of more RAM, do you think I'd be able to play some of the more newer games decently? Aside from that, would I see great improvements in other computing aside from gaming, like in movie playing and multi-tasking?

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Old 06-15-2006, 06:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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First off 1GB of RAM is certainly a good idea.

The X800XL seems to be the better card to get in that price range ($100-$200), as long as you don't mind the lack of SM3.0. Other than that, you'll be able to run games at higher settings, and better resolutions than you would with a 6600GT or a X1600Pro even.

If you were concerned about SM3, you could get a 6600GT or a 6800XT which is still in the same price range. You could also spring for a few extra $ and get a 7800GS, which will give you the best AGP card available ($300).

Regardless which card you choose, if you get any of the mentioned, you will be able to play current games with at least decent settings.


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Old 06-15-2006, 11:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'd get the x800 card and the gig of ram is a great idea too, like Elbatrop said. The games you've mentioned should run on medium settings, maybe even a little higher on a configuration like that.
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