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    GFX Cards Help Ati X850!

    Hey! wow first post here....i thought i would subscribe to the forums since im always on this site...
    anyways, im definately going to buy a new gfx card as my radeon 9550 just isnt cutting it..
    i was thinking of going for the radeon x850...
    ive kind of narrowed down two cards..but they look pretty much the same, i was wondering what anyone thought about getting either the PowerColor X850XT 256mb AGP or the Sapphire ATI Radeon X850 pro 256mb AGP
    Any help would be much appreciated!!
    Thankyou!

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    us AGP people are a dying breed :/

    I got myself an x800XT for Christmas, it plays anything current just fine..
    If I had the choice between Sapphire and Powercolor, I'd go for Sapphire cards.
    Quote Originally Posted by Agent View Post
    ...every time Creative bring out a new card range their advertising makes it sound like they have discovered a way to insert a thousand Chuck Norris super dwarfs in your ears...

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    You're comparing a Pro to an XT - the XT has considerly better performance.

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    ok thanks but is it worth getting a PCI express card rather than an AGP? i always thought it was better to go for AGP but i have 5 spare pci slots so i can do either?
    Last edited by AtomicFuse; 02-04-2006 at 01:55 PM.

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    Well... If you want a PCIe graphics card, you'll have to get a PCIe motherboard, and if you have the old S478 motherboard like me, that means you'll need a new CPU as well.. so basically you will have bought a whole new freaking computer just because you wanted a decent graphics card :/

    I'd say stick with with you've got system wise and just get an x800XT, it'll do the job for games for the next year or so, and things should stablise in the industry by that time. Save your pennies until then and you should have enough cash to get a good allround rig.
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    ok thanks..i think ill get the powercolor x850xt agp, its on offer atm! thanks for all the help
    Last edited by AtomicFuse; 02-04-2006 at 03:04 PM.

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    or if you wait a few weeks and get a 7800 gt agp

    look at this
    http://theinquirer.net/?article=30502

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    jesus....that is some card, seems a little pricey at £260, you could get X1800 XT for around that, but for an AGP that can play HL2:LC at 1280X1024 - 4xAA & HDRL at over 60 FPS, thats pretty impressive..

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    Indeed, an X1800XT would be much faster as well.. even when its a 7800GTX.. no contest..

    Bad luck you're actually running Intel or else the Asrock Dual SATA would be a very good buy.. £40 + £270 for a 7900GT..
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    Yes, admitedly, my pc isn't that good. I didn't build my rig its a prebuilt Advent PC
    I think ill just buy the agp 800 or 850 and see how i go and then later this year build my own rig..something decent this time....

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    Don't wait for the 7800GS AGP, it may be the fastest AGP card around but its not much faster than 6800GT/Ultra or the X850 XT PE AGP versions. The X850 XT looks good, I would get that myself.

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    If your pc still has the original psu supplied by advent then just see if it's capable of powering the graphics card or if you need to factor in a new psu to your purchase. If you're unsure about it's capabilities i'd post it's wattage, 12v amps ratings and manufacturer in this thread so that we could advise you if it's sufficient. I'm sure it will be so don't get too worried by my post but it might be worth checking to be on the safe side.

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    thanks for that,
    the motherboard specs are here and heres a SS of the device manager if this helps...
    so would this card work with my system? thanks
    Last edited by AtomicFuse; 02-04-2006 at 07:45 PM.

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    Advent hmmmmmmmmm, doesnt have a PC****s motherboard does it?

    My x800xt is still going strong (pci-e) and i wont be upgrading for a while as there is just no point!!

    The 850xt is probs best if you can get a sweet deal on it.
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    no PCI-E in my PC! just wondered whether the X850XT is compatable? im confused now

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    as long as its AGP then its fine.. ARRGHH! my 'steam' is still validating.. GRR!
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