Suggestion for Compatible Video Card
by Ozzie - 6/28/08 7:13 PM
In Reply to: Wrong Graphics Board by jb08
Hi. Unless you want to purchase a new computer, or if you build your own, replace your motherboard, and likely your CPU as well, especially if you have an Intel(if so my guess is that you have a P4 and there is only one motherboard available that I am aware of, the MSI Micro ATX, that has both a 478 slot and PCI Express graphics, and it is not cheap), your only choice is a new AGP graphics card. A few short months ago you would have had a hard choice, recently, however, the graphic's card equivalent of the "savior" of AGP motherboard's (as it has been described in various articles) was introduced and your choice is clear.
The great news: ATI released one of its newest card, the Radeon HD 3850, in both PCI Express and AGP forms. The AGP 3850 runs between $154 to $175, depending on name, cooling and the like. Check out the prices on some at www.newegg.com. Also for an interesting review you might want to check: http://www.fudzilla.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=6565&Itemid=40 which proclaims after extensive testing that the 3850 has taken over the AGP video crown. Also if you just do a general search of "3850 agp" you see a bunch of articles regarding this card being the P4's savior.
While the 3850 is not the fastest card on the market, and the AGP interface will slow it down somewhat, it is still fast. Moreover, while it may not be as fast as some of the top Nvidia cards, the top Nvidia cards also do not come with AGP versions. I personally have two Radeon 3870 x2's in my system and I am very happy with them. Good luck to you.
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