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    Default ATI X850 Pro

    i found a new X850pro 256mb AGP card and was wondering if it is worth buying

    The price of the card is $250

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    Default Re: ATI X850 Pro

    It isn't too bad a board. It has 4 of the pixel pipelines disabled, but it still uses the R480 core and has memory running at nearly 1100MHz so it will perform well as long as your system has enough horsepower to let it do its job properly.
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    Default Re: ATI X850 Pro

    Thanks for the reply

    and a P4 3.0Ghz with 1 gb should be fine, I might end up getting some more memory as well since it is getting cheaper.

    The Graphics card is at Bestbuy of all places, and is $250 and they will put $10 down on Call of Duty 2, F.E.A.R, or Quake 4 for free

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    Default Re: ATI X850 Pro

    The price is identical online, except for shipping. If you're going to be playing any of those games (Q4, FEAR, CoD 2), you'd be better off with an nVidia card, most likely. I can't say that for sure with CoD, but for Q4 and FEAR and a 6800 in some form would suit you much better in terms of both performance and image quality. If I were you, I'd spend the extra $30-$50 on a 6800GT. Performance will be very similar in some games, but the 6800GT will have a huge advantage in all of the current games where either card can be taken advantage of fully. Image quality will also be noticably better in most newer games, especially Q4 and even the FEAR demo as it is.

    That said, the X850 Pro is no slouch and you certainly won't be unhappy with it. I just think that you'll be happier with a 6800GT in the long run.

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    Default Re: ATI X850 Pro

    Thanks and yes many games seem to have the Nvidia label on them these days. I think i might be able to squeeze the extra $50 for a card. I don't really want to upgrade my motherboard so AGP it will be. One last question though. What kind of lifetime should be expected from a 6800GT (untill it becomes obselete(sp?))

    Thanks for all the help so far guys @ Tweaktown

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    AGP will likely die soon. The high-end cards will still be viable for a couple of years most likely, but the technology is pretty much dead right now since PCI-E has been accepted full force in the computer world.
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    Default Re: ATI X850 Pro

    Guess Il just hold off the upgrading till I get more money then and just get a SLI motherboard

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    AGP will die at the top end, but that's completely irrelevent. If the system in your sig is what we're talking about, then and upgrade now is just fine. The rest of that system will be dead before AGP. If either the 7800 or X1*** line are made for AGP (which is still TBA, though neither company has announced plans to do so), then your CPU will certainly be a bigger problem than AGP.

    Plus, if you ever want to upgrade the CPU and motherboard but not the graphics card, motherboards with PCI-E and true AGP are available, so the death of AGP won't stop you there.

    Bascially, how soon AGP dies is totally irrelevent to your upgrading situation.

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    Default Re: ATI X850 Pro

    What boards have both AGP and PCI-E. I've heard that the AGP is just down converted to PCI to run on the PCI bus at PCI speeds. I guess it really won't matter considering the next thing anyone buys is going to be PCI-E and the technology will be real cheap in a year or so.

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    Default Re: ATI X850 Pro

    Alright, thanks for all the help guys. Today is the last day of the sale so im buying. Next upgrade for the computer will be all around(processor, motherboard, memory, graphics) but will be a few years down the roadX850 pro it is
    and thanks for all the help

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