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My current card is an ATI Radeon 9800 series. From what it says in the diagnostics, it's an AGP card? (Damnit, there are way too many flavors of different cards, harddrives, RAM thingies, etc etc... no wonder computer hardware is so damn confusing).

So anyhow, I apparently need it to be an AGP card? And what I'm looking for is something that would be equal to or better than my current card, but is as cheap as possible, so if anyone has recommendations...?

(I may go with a slight downgrade if it's notably cheaper, because ouch. Damn but graphics cards can get expensive!)

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jsbowden
Nov. 11th, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC)
The 3800 series cards are one generation behind the current, and will absolutely smoke the 9800. I replaced my 9800 with a 2900 last time I upgraded, and the 3800 series will crush my 2900, and my 2900 is light years ahead of my old 9800.
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adamjury
Nov. 11th, 2008 07:53 pm (UTC)
The time spent dicking around with that is way better spent by throwing money at the problem. :)
stormfeather
Nov. 11th, 2008 10:18 pm (UTC)
Plus, dicking around is fun!

Er, wait, you mean... nevermind. *whistle*
adamjury
Nov. 11th, 2008 10:35 pm (UTC)
Better to dick with hardware than software, dear.
stormfeather
Nov. 11th, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
Hah! Is this the part where I say something about virus protection?
adamjury
Nov. 11th, 2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
I'd be sure to use virus protection if I had to interface with windows...
stormfeather
Nov. 11th, 2008 11:02 pm (UTC)
Badumching.
stormfeather
Nov. 11th, 2008 07:56 pm (UTC)
Alright, restored to a week ago... nice how computers can magically turn back time. :p

We'll see if that helps.
hamusutaa
Nov. 11th, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC)
My old computer still used AGP, and when I wanted to get a new video card just to get a bit of a performance upgrade without getting a whole new computer, I found that the selection of video cards that still come in AGP flavors is very limited now. Anything you're likely to find at this point is going to probably be pretty cheap because it's going to be a few generations old.
auronsgirl
Nov. 11th, 2008 09:39 pm (UTC)
I've got a Radeon X800 series. It's one of the last AGP cards they made, I think. It will put your 9800 to shame.
stormfeather
Nov. 11th, 2008 10:18 pm (UTC)
*sniff* showoff! :p

(I'll look into it if the rollback doesn't work.)
ddrwolfgirl
Nov. 11th, 2008 11:02 pm (UTC)
That's why I got my new computer last year, noticed I wouldn't be able to upgrade my video card. That and it was an ancient frankenstein computer. Think I had a 9800 too.

My new graphics card could probably launch my computer into orbit.

Edited at 2008-11-11 11:04 pm (UTC)
dakhran
Nov. 11th, 2008 11:50 pm (UTC)
Well, I usually don't shop in the low end, since I'm almost exclusively a PC gamer, and still searching for that elusive Crysis-killer. Last card I got, I spent only a net cost of $100 (with shipping even) though, but that was only because of EVGA's awesome step-up program, which got me a $450 card for cheap when I traded in my recently-purchased Geforce 8800 GTX for the newly released GTX 280. And I plan on getting it a twin sometime soon, for SLI goodness.

And funny thing, all I do with that awesome power lately is play WoW and Spore. Go fig. But Fallout 3 should be awesome, once I get it...

Anyway, since you don't do hardcore PC gaming, you can pick up a cheaper yet still modern card, which will still run older game engines like WoW. Here's one at NewEgg for $50, it'll get you modern compatibility like HDCP, OpenGL 2.0, DirectX 10, but won't kill your wallet. For a bit more, you could get the equivalent of a $150 card for $90, although it's an "open box" special, meaning you have a 15-day window for refund, and they might not send you all the bits and drivers...
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