Hi everyone. I need some advice on replacing my graphics card. I currently have an ATI Radeon 9600XT AGP 128MB which has performed well - its just getting a bit long in the tooth now. I've got a budget of £100. Any suggestions? Recently upgraded from an Sempron 2600+ to a P4 630 (3GHz), but still have an AGP interface. I used to be quite in with what was hot or not, but have been away from the scene for a while (fatherhood!!!). Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.
Thanks for your advice. I would prefer to stick with ATI - I used to have a GF2 PRO in the old days and thought the image quality poor when compared to my older and slower Voodoo at the time. What are the main differences in performance between the X800s and X1600? Sorry if its a dumb question! Thanks
I was choosing cards to match your budget. As VinnyT says, the X800GTO / PRO would knock spots off the X1600 in terms of sheer processing power. The only benefit of the X1xxx series of cards is the shader 3 support which may be required to see all the effects in new / future games. I think the X1600 is the fastest ATI AGP card at the moment.
Because they are older generation cards the X800's give you a lot of bang for your buck.
Let us know how your shopping around goes. I expect you'll struggle to beat the Retek price of £114 for an X800pro. It's a bargain!