decided i would upgrade my gfx card..current sys specs are:
MSI K8N NEO2 mobo
AMD64 3500+ 939socket
1GB Corsair XMS PC3200 RAM
120GB SATA HDD
any suggestions for a video card? im on a $300 budget. thanks
ASD or PCI-E type motherboard?
It annoys me that ASD is better but no new graphic cards support them... anyway you're probably pretty good off with the Radeon X800 XT if you've got an ASD.
hmm...should i just upgrade my mobo too?? as i see pci-e cards are cheaper than agp.. ive had a look at gigabyte boards..but now im not sure if i should get sli or just pci-e...does sli make that much of a difference?
if its agp nvidia 6800 if its pci-e go 7800
I'd say you should 100% get a PCI-E mobo. In the long run it will be better since PCI-E will eventually overcome AGP by a lot. And of course with that get a pci-e video card. I love ATI but I have to say at the moment I'd agree with the NVIDIA 7800, they seem to be good.
Also, if you get a system that supports SLI (see above), then you can simply add another card later t ogain better performence. Good luck and let us know your final choice!
I've read that it doesn't really make a difference right now between agp 8x and PCI-E because current videocards don't even fully use agp 8x bandwidth so there is virtually no difference. I'd say get a 6600gt, they're a really good bang for the buck and come in agp 8x
Thats not the point though, I admit they are the same at the moment, however when you go to upgrade in 2 years. You won't be stuck at the performence level your at now. Dual core video cards will be out soon and that next gen level will darn near give agp a run for its money.