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    Looking for a good AGP graphics card

    Hi,

    I've got a 128mb ATI RADEON 9600 graphics card, p4 3.4ghz processor and wondered if it were possible to play better games by upgrading it to a 256mb or 512mb one. How would i go about this? would i have to look at the motherboard settings? Is there a difference in graphics between AGP and PCI graphics cards?

    Any advise would be great. thanks.

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    AGP and PCI are totally different cards due to the slot that they sit in on your mainboard.

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    tightasagnatschu;5305987

    AGP and PCI are totally different cards due to the slot that they sit in … AGP and PCI are totally different cards due to the slot that they sit in on your mainboard.



    is it possible to upgrade this AGP card then, what would i have to look for? can i get any agp card this one is "8x ati radeon 9600"

    i have the x800xl 256mb which is pretty decent and only cost me 20 pounds off here.

    Whats your budget and what you looking to play/?

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    MarzBarz;5306016

    i have the x800xl 256mb which is pretty decent and only cost me 20 pounds … i have the x800xl 256mb which is pretty decent and only cost me 20 pounds off here.Whats your budget and what you looking to play/?



    about that much, need it for 3 pcs.. would the processor and ram also need upgrading to play better games (i.e call of duty 5) i've got 1gb of ram in each.. i just don't know how to go about choosing the right graphics card, i.e do i have to take the power supply into consideration?

    processor would require a new motherboard and therefore the costs will mount up.

    Are you buying 3 graphics card?

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    MarzBarz;5306054

    processor would require a new motherboard and therefore the costs will … processor would require a new motherboard and therefore the costs will mount up.Are you buying 3 graphics card?



    2 have ATI RADEON 9600XT and 1 has ATI RADEON 9200. Just one question which is more important a graphics card with 256mb or 512mb or one with a higher GDDR? And do i need to consider how much power they take up?

    sourcelives;5306154

    2 have ATI RADEON 9600XT and 1 has ATI RADEON 9200. Just one question … 2 have ATI RADEON 9600XT and 1 has ATI RADEON 9200. Just one question which is more important a graphics card with 256mb or 512mb or one with a higher GDDR? And do i need to consider how much power they take up?



    you just need to look for reviews ,Some 1gb card sare rubbish and some 256mb cards are brilliant.MBs are just the easy bits for the marketing men to quote,

    sourcelives;5306154

    Just one question which is more important a graphics card with 256mb or … Just one question which is more important a graphics card with 256mb or 512mb or one with a higher GDDR?



    Generally the memory bandwidth (DDR/GDDR type and speed) is more important than the amount, but that's still very much secondary to the actual GPU chip that card has i.e. The 9600XT or 9200 bit.

    sourcelives;5306045

    (i.e call of duty 5)



    Forget it, a pentium 4 is barely fast enough for ]call of duty 4 and while I'd imagine 5 isn't that much more demanding you're unlikely to get more than minimum settings at 30fps if you keep your current processor.

    As you'd have to replace your CPU, motherboard, memory and graphics card that's virtually everything gone - the only thing you'd have left is a hard drive, add-on cards and a DVD drive. You're essentially looking to build or buy an entirely new PC if you want good CoD5 performance.
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