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XyZspineZyX
07-08-2003, 04:24 PM
I'm planning to get a new graphics card. I have an Nvidia Geforce 4 MX420. This is an AGP bus type card. Will this limit me to only AGP cards, or will i be able to get any card I want?

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XyZspineZyX
07-08-2003, 04:24 PM
I'm planning to get a new graphics card. I have an Nvidia Geforce 4 MX420. This is an AGP bus type card. Will this limit me to only AGP cards, or will i be able to get any card I want?

To be able to fare well,
To avoid the frustration of misfortune,
That, in this world, is happiness.
-Euripides' Electra

XyZspineZyX
07-08-2003, 04:30 PM
I think that it´s been quite long since all video cards are AGP...I still remember my PCI Voodoo 2000.

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XyZspineZyX
07-08-2003, 04:33 PM
Ah! Whoops! I got a bit mixed up between AGP and PCI. I thought that AGP was older. Silly me! /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

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To avoid the frustration of misfortune,
That, in this world, is happiness.
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XyZspineZyX
07-08-2003, 04:37 PM
Does anyone have any suggestions for a good graphics card that doesn't cost too much? I'm looking for a card which costs around 150-200 (around $200 U.S.) but haven't had much luck yet! Nvidia or ATI, i don't mind!

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To avoid the frustration of misfortune,
That, in this world, is happiness.
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XyZspineZyX
07-08-2003, 04:43 PM
You guys need to know if your AGP bus is 8x or 4x. An expensive 8x card will only run at 4x if that is what your bus is (no matter the card's ram). Just something to factor into your purchase /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

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XyZspineZyX
07-08-2003, 04:46 PM
Running at 4x has no performance effect at all on high end cards. For $200 I would look for a Radeon 9700 non-Pro definitly the best thing out there for the price.

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XyZspineZyX
07-08-2003, 05:37 PM
Thanks! /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif How do i find out if my AGP bus is 4x or 8x? I would guess mine is 8x, since my computer is very new, but i'm not sure.

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To avoid the frustration of misfortune,
That, in this world, is happiness.
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XyZspineZyX
07-08-2003, 07:08 PM
AGP 4x or 8x makes no measurable difference. There is a good read on Tom's hardware guide somewhere which points this out. As for a the 9700 non-pro, it's recommended. /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

ZG77_Nagual
07-08-2003, 07:13 PM
I have the 9700 non-pro - from saphire - It overclocks very easily well beyond stock pro speeds (and beyond most pro overclocks). I'll second the comment on 8x vs 4x - no appreciable diff - especially in current games - this from benchmarks in maximum pc mag. The 9500pro and 9600pro are also well worth looking at.

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XyZspineZyX
07-08-2003, 09:08 PM
Thanks! /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif I'll definitely be looking into getting a 9700 non-pro! /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

To be able to fare well,
To avoid the frustration of misfortune,
That, in this world, is happiness.
-Euripides' Electra