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Sean Kendle Apr 11, 2006, 01:18pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Apr 11, 2006, 01:21pm EDT

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I've got a K7n2 Delta and I wanted to upgrade my video card. I bought an X1600 Pro 512MB AGP but it's not cutting it for Oblivion. I also run 1.5 GB DDR RAM, 2.1 GHz overclocked Barton 2500+

I'm only getting like 10 fps outside. Sometimes drops as low as 2 when I'm fighting, which can be very distracting you can imagine.

So here's my point: I have a nForce based mobo. Does this mean I should go with nvidia? Or will an ATI work just as well? Also are there x1600 xt's out yet or can I open the pipelines on my PRO somehow?

I've seen some people say nvidia has better bang/buck ratio.

Thanks guys, I can always count on this great forum for speed and intelligent discussion.

Oh yeah also I can only run AGP... PCI-e mobos are out of the question right now (not enough $$)

I bought my x1600 for $267 after tax from Worst Buy and I'm going to return it before the 30 days is up and get one online. I've got 2 weeks left.

BTW anyone wants my old FX5600 256 agp, I'd let it go for like $50.

Sean


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Chris McNally Apr 11, 2006, 01:39pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Buying new video card for MSI K7N2 32bit mobo
It doesn't matter which brand you go for as such-you won't get better performance with an Nvidia card just because you're running an Nvidia chipset. I believe the best AGP card available at the moment is the 7800GS, but I don't know if that's within your budget.

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Chris McNally Apr 11, 2006, 01:41pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Buying new video card for MSI K7N2 32bit mobo
Just checked ZZF, they got the 7800GS for $299

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Adam Kolak Apr 11, 2006, 01:49pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Buying new video card for MSI K7N2 32bit mobo
7800GS is the best AGP card money can buy. You may be able to find some for $289.

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Shadow_Ops_Airman1 Apr 11, 2006, 03:43pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Buying new video card for MSI K7N2 32bit mobo
ya until ATi releases a X1800GTO (which may not happen)

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Sean Kendle Apr 11, 2006, 04:15pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Buying new video card for MSI K7N2 32bit mobo
So now the question becomes this: Which company? I read a description of the Gainward Bliss 512MB card with 20 pipelines... man... but apparently it's rare to say the least, and expensive when you can find it.

So have at it, which company treats the 7800 gs the best?!

Adam Kolak Apr 11, 2006, 04:25pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Buying new video card for MSI K7N2 32bit mobo
The XFX, eVGA, and BFGs are among my favorite. They are all very similar, eVGA and XFX tend to make like 2 to 5 versions of each nvidia gpu all with different clock speeds and such. I would just go with the cheapest 7800GS you can find and do the overclocking yourself.

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Sean Kendle Apr 11, 2006, 04:27pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Buying new video card for MSI K7N2 32bit mobo
So you're saying if I buy ANY 7800 GS it's going to have the same capabilities for clock speeds?? No differences in physical hardware between companies??

I thought they made them each different...

Sean Kendle Apr 11, 2006, 11:59pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Buying new video card for MSI K7N2 32bit mobo
I'm looking at an eBay auction for a BFG. looks ok.... I'll let you know how the bidding goes.

J H Apr 12, 2006, 12:33am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Buying new video card for MSI K7N2 32bit mobo
Hey, im getting a 7800 gs in a month or so =). Xfx, evga, and BFG are all the brands you wanna stick wid. Im gonna buy the brand from Newegg that has the highest clocks etc that arnt oced and oc myself =). I thought I saw 4 different non oced ones with high to lower clock settings etc on newegg.com.

Then again ocing realy doesnt make abunch of difference anyhows and it shortens your cards lifespan, hmmmm! 1-4max fps vs life of your card.

About my spelling, If you say anything about it im gonna hunt your nerdy english aniel retentive arrrssse down and beat the elcrapo right out of you!!!!
I came to this planet to chew bubblegum and kick ass! And I am all out of gum!

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