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Old 02-26-2006, 12:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok since Elderscrolls 4: Oblivion is coming out soon I want to upgrade my videocard. At the moment I plan on buying a Geforce 7800GT but I don't know whether to upgrade my Motherboard to a PCI-Express model or stick with the AGP. I know switching will set me back quite a bit of money but I want to know if it is worth it in the long run.

I have an ASUS P4P800 Deluxe Motherboard and an ASUS N6600 AGP videocard.
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if you want to upgrade then i would say getting a pci-e motherboard would be better in the long run.
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if you want to upgrade then i would say getting a pci-e motherboard would be better in the long run.
Totally true. PCI Express is the new standard. No use getting yourself in another pinch down the road.

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You can get by with AGP and a 6800 series or so AGP card (for high settings) for Oblivion, but I suggest going ahead and upgrading to PCI-E now. AGP as at the end of its rope and will soon be obsolete for gaming as the 7800GS is probably the best AGP card you'll ever see.
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Well, if you're buying a 7800GT, you will need a PCI-E motherboard, cuz the 7800GT is only for PCI-E. The only reason you should consider AGP is if its an extremely budget PC that graphics don't matter much on. PCI-E is the only way to go for a gaming PC.
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Thanks for all the help guys. Looks like I'm going to get a PCI-E motherboard then. Another question, if I get a SLI Motherboard and get a AGP to PCI-E adapter for my N6600 so I can use both my N6600 and 7800 will it work or are the adapters not SLI compatible?

Oh and the 7800GT does come in AGP(after PCI-E version came out) ... The 7800GTX doesn't.
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no only the 7800gs comes as AGP to my knowledge. SLI is only a feature of PCI-E cards so it will not work on an AGP card with an adapter. also SLI requires that both cards are the same and in 99.99% of the time they must be the same model and manufacturer although i read on anandtech that they managed to get 2 different manufacturers cards in SLI
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ok cool. Ah, I looked back at the 7800 in AGP and you are right, Its the 7800GS

Thanks again for all the help.
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