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Mac Daddy AGP card HELP!!

By peterock
Feb 4, 2007
  1. Hi All,
    I'm looking for some help picking out the best 8x AGP video card. I'm currently running a ATI 9550 256mb which is probably worst video card I ever bought. Here are my specs
    PC Chips P23G motherboard http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16813185086
    Currently running 1 gig of DDR400. 1gig of DDR2 533 will be here Monday
    Pentium D 820
    Model BX80551PG2800FN
    300w PSU 10a with one open 4 pin molex
    I'm running 1 CD drive, 1 40gig western digital 7200rpm on sata 150mb
    I realize that PSU maynot be enough if so no biggie. I would like to try and keep it though. I'm using this PC just to hold me over untill my new build is done. I would like to be able to play my games on high settings on this PC in the mean time. Call of duty2 Half life 2. thanks in advance for the help
     
  2. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

    Well you WILL need a new PSU, but no worries, they are sorta cheap and easy to install. What is your budget, I suggest a 7600GS and if your budget allows a X1650XT, or maybe even a X1950PRO.

    Wait, you CANNOT mix DDR and DDR2, they are physically differant slots, return the DDR2533, and order DDR400. I see your motherboard supports both, but you cannot use both at the same time I think, check the manual.
     
  3. peterock

    peterock TS Rookie Topic Starter

    DDR2 vs DDR

    I know I can only use one or the other. But isn't DDR2 better than old DDR. So the x1950pro is the big dog?? what kind of amps on the rail do i need to support that card oh and how many watts. I'm running only mim componets
     
  4. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

    Well, I know you can run it with a decent PSU, if you let me know your max budget i will try and find the cheapest solution including a X1950 for you. I would say 450W and about 20+ Amps, because the Pentium D is rather a power hog, and yes DDR2 is better but not by that much.
     
  5. peterock

    peterock TS Rookie Topic Starter

    cheaper the better

    I guess around $250 max.
     
  6. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

  7. peterock

    peterock TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ummmmmm

    First off thanks 4 all your help. Honestly which one would u buy? I can't make up my mind. I'm a numbers man 512mb vs 256mb Shouldn't I want the 512mb... Or is the 256mb just the bomb card to have???
     
  8. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

  9. peterock

    peterock TS Rookie Topic Starter

  10. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

    Ya, it is the same, and the PSU I suggested has 40A on 12v rail and a PCIe connector.
     
  11. Surkitz

    Surkitz TS Rookie Posts: 145

    Peterock, i have the 7800GS and its been a blessing. a little on the expensive side but worth the upgrades as far as my situation goes. all my games play flawlessly. plus, the overclocking capabilities on the card are great.
     
  12. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

    Well I wouldnt consider it expensive right now since its 160$!!
     
  13. Surkitz

    Surkitz TS Rookie Posts: 145


    if he can get it for that then i would definately recommend it, i know i paid at least $25-30 more. but other than the x1950 and the 7800, these are expensive compared to the rest of the agp line
     
  14. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

    Well, not really considering the performance boost from a 130$ 7600GS. But I see your point.
     
  15. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,704   +397

    Yes.

    I don't think the 7800GS uses that connector though. I have the eVGA 7800GS and it takes the regular 4 pin MOLEX connector that is used for IDE hard drives and cd drives.
     
  16. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

    Yea SNG I thought that too....
     
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