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    Hi,

    Need to upgrade my graphics card (AGP) so I'm able to play some decent games.

    My system Specs are:
    Windows XP
    768mb RAM
    100GB H/D

    At the moment have crappy one: NVIDIA GeForce MX 420 64mb.

    Willing to pay max. of £50.
    Is a GeForce 6600 128mb for £47 from scan.co.uk any good?

    Cheers in advance for any help

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    At £50 max you will not get much better than a 6600, get a gt if you can. Persoanlly I would go over to AVForums and advertise for a second hand AGP card for £50 delivered. You may get a 6800gs which is better than the 6600 series (all of them) and even better than the 7600gs. You may even get a 6800gt for £50 if you can.

    Here is a list of what you could expect for £50 second hand -

    6800gs
    6800gt
    x800 pro
    x800xt
    7600gs.

    The 6800gt and the x800xt are the best out of the bunch (the 7600gs is not as powerful but provides newer features, way out of your budget anyway), but any will do you just fine.

    If you don't want to go second hand then I must say your stuck with the 6600, and I don't even think you would get a gt version for £50. I myself would go second hand, I never buy new anyway.

    If your PSU is 350w you are really at your max for any of those cards, as stated above a 400w would be nice. But 350w will run thoise cards, trust me I have done it for both the 6800gt and the x800xtpe which is even more power hungry.

    Civic EG6

    This will blow your socks … This will blow your socks off.http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/index.html?action=c2hvd19wcm9kdWN0X292ZXJ2aWV3&product_uid=119300&_LOC=UK



    Yes I agree, the most powerful AGP card ever released, unfortunately it's also 3x his original budget. :-(

    aint they gona release a 8800 AGP? Anyhow wait till next month, when the R900 cards should be out and the prices will start falling.

    Original Poster

    Thanks a lot everyone for you're replies and speedy response.
    :-D :-D
    Cheers

    I am also seeking an AGP card, and will spend up to £100. It must be fully compliant with the best Vista thing ;-)

    7600gt

    6800 extreme is you'r best bet

    but if you want to spend the extra $ you'd be better off getting a pci-e mobo and an x1950XTX/8800GTX

    reidy-

    6800 extreme is you'r best bet



    For which person? The £50 budget ro the £100 budget? Which model extreme are you talking about? If it's the extreme xt then its almost the bottom of the pile I am afraid when it comes to the 6800 series. If it's the GT extreme (companies add the word extreme to show it's overclocked), then you will be hard pushed to find one in the £100 range never mind a £50 budget.

    reidy-

    but if you want to spend the extra $ you'd be better off getting a pci-e … but if you want to spend the extra $ you'd be better off getting a pci-e mobo and an x1950XTX/8800GTX



    Yeah why don't they just go out and buy a whole new PC while they are at it. :thumbsup:

    They did state limit of £50 and £100 respectively.

    Would it be wiser to wait a while, in order to get DirectX 10 support? Or will no new card be built on AGP any more?

    Go for a 6600 gt with DDR 3 memory which will be~ £50

    I really do not think any DX10 cards will be AGP. Don't quote me on this mind you as I have not done any research and the odd company does have a tendancy to do silly things in the graphics card department.

    But I think a lot of Vista's top end features will require DX10, it will run, it will run geat but obviously it won't be DX10 so you wonlt get all the nice features that DX10 will provide.

    As a stop gap, until you decide to upgrade everything stick to your £100 budget and see if you can get a 7600gt.

    Just out of curiosity when are you getting Vista? I would really wait until winter 2007 to upgrade as you will most likely get bogged down with bugs and such. This way I would say go get the x1950pro now and enjoy the most powerfull AGP card on the market for the best part of a year. Then think about upgrading everthing at the end of the year.

    May I also state that if your current setup is an average AGP setup then your really pushing your limit installing Vista anyway.

    BuffMan

    Go for a 6600 gt with DDR 3 memory which will be~ £50



    Link please, that would perfect for the OP, but I think your living in fantasy world.

    beerman1

    I really do not think any DX10 cards will be AGP. Don't quote me on this … I really do not think any DX10 cards will be AGP. Don't quote me on this mind you as I have not done any research and the odd company does have a tendancy to do silly things in the graphics card department.But I think a lot of Vista's top end features will require DX10, it will run, it will run geat but obviously it won't be DX10 so you wonlt get all the nice features that DX10 will provide.As a stop gap, until you decide to upgrade everything stick to your £100 budget and see if you can get a 7600gt.Just out of curiosity when are you getting Vista? I would really wait until winter 2007 to upgrade as you will most likely get bogged down with bugs and such. This way I would say go get the x1950pro now and enjoy the most powerfull AGP card on the market for the best part of a year. Then think about upgrading everthing at the end of the year.May I also state that if your current setup is an average AGP setup then your really pushing your limit installing Vista anyway.



    I am running Vista rc1 now due to my hard dying with my XP installation on it. I don't have a typical machine, I run a server motherboard with dual 2.4ghz Xeons and 1gb of RAM. All the hardware scores in vista are over 4.5 except for the graphics, which are at 1 and 1.9. Once I have a new card I probably won't upgrade this machine again, and will get a whole new one when needed.
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