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    I want to upgrade my video card form my old x1600pro to a Nvidia 7600GT or an Ati X1650. I only have around $150 to spend so I can't go all out on this. I just want to get some more fps out of IL-2 46 before SOW:BOB comes out. I have chosen 2 card's, but i don't know which one is better. Please help me choose, i do not want to make the same mistake when i purchased my x1600pro for $230 dollars and it was a ripoff.

    Nvidia 7600GT:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16814122009R


    Ati X1650 pro:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102057

    Please help me choose because i do not want to get ripped off again. Also if u got a better choice around the same price please let me know.
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    Get the 7900 GS, they can be had for around $150 and will flat out smoke both of those cards, best bang for the buck to be had period.

    Here you go, this is a fantastic card here and is $159.99 retail then a $15 mail in rebate.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130056
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    That video card will not work with my pc. I have an agp8x slot.
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    Airmail109's Avatar Senior Member
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    You can get an AGp X1950 pro, an AGP 7900 GT or GS, and soon you will be able to get an AGP DX10 8600 GTX
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    Ok sorry I guess I should have asked if you were on AGP. But here are some better cards, and right around your price range, IMHO I would spend just a little more $ and get a better quality card. WHen you compare the difference in performance versus paying the extra $20-40 it's definately worth it.

    7800 GS $189.99 w/$20 rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814143046

    x1950 Pro $184.99 w/$30 rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814161070
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    VW-IceFire's Avatar Senior Member
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    Originally posted by FE_pilot:
    That video card will not work with my pc. I have an agp8x slot.
    They make 7900GS AGP 8X versions. That of a Radeon X1950Pro would be a great buy. Prices are dropping like rocks right now because new technology is about to hit.
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    I would go with the 7600GS as well for this price. Best bang for buck for you by far. BFG got one already OCd (slightly) and they are a great company as well.


    And of course always buy from newegg when you can IMO. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814143069
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    I have the 7600GS 512Mb AGP card but have not installed it yet because my 350watt pwr supply isnt enough and it requires a power cord, so I have a 500 watt on order and hope to get it up and running this week, you really need to research before you buy it'd be a pity if you found out you didnt have the power or Processor to run it once you got it
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    @FE_pilot
    The two cards you listed are hardly an upgrade to a 1600pro (I'm guessing from the spec.'s of those cards, you'll notice very little/if any improvement).

    Depending on what 1600pro you have, you may even take a performance hit.

    Eagle_361st gave good advice. Save a bit longer and get a real upgrade.

    The 1950pro he suggested would be an upgrade.
    Core clock 575MHz
    Memory Clock 1380MHz(690mhz)
    Memory Size 256MB
    Memory Interface 256-bit
    PixelPipelines 12
    Memory Type GDDR3

    A decent card (that should go for your price range) has
    Core clock 500MHz
    Memory Clock 1000MHz(500mhz)
    Memory Size 256MB
    Memory Interface 256-bit
    PixelPipelines 12
    Memory Type GDDR3

    With the above numbers, more is better.
    If you'll notice, the only difference between the 1950pro and say a 1600pro (or an 850pro) is a newer gpu chip with a faster core clock and faster memory. Otherwise their pretty close in comparison.
    Might want to check into power requirements.
    Good luck.

    Also you could download ATI tool.
    (WARNING! Overclocking your video card can/may cause damage)
    It would allow you to see exactly what these numbers are for your current card.
    If your card has a 256bit memory interface, you'd be thowing your money away.
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    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814143045
    This card's core and mem are slightly up from stock speeds. Performance should fall somewhere between the 7800GT and the 7800GTX.


    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/132
    Note the important role that the memory interface plays. A high memeory transfer rate is the key to performance.
    Steve_V put this link in a thread some time ago. I refer to it often.
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