kayl_lucas

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i have
1 GB of ram
msi 6600gt agp
creative audigy 2 sound card
AMD Athlon 2800+ with a via chipset gigabyte motherboard

to increase my performance is it better to change the agp card to x800 or some higher agp card or to change to processor

the main problem is if upgrade the agp card is it worth or is the procesor too slow please tell me what to do currently i just want to upgrade the agp card but does the processor make a big difference?
 

MAgrippa

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Honestly, I'd save my money rather than go out an buy a 6800 based AGP card (the fastest AGP solution that NVidia has on the market.....) AGP is already considered a legacy device by many ...... NVidia has already announced that their future cards will be PCI-E only ( rumors abound though, that some AGP products will be available in limited supply..) .... You'd have to ask yourself if your willing to dump more money into a PC that is already considered by many as obsolete.... If I were you, I'd wait a little longer and see what happens ...... If you are a fan of AMD ( as I am ) you could wait out a year or so for the socket M2's, or immediately make the move to an Athlon 64 (939 socket) based system with PCI-E....
 

ProdigyMS

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If you upgrade, I think the videocard or processor will bottleneck the other. You should upgrade both of them, and you can sell your video card and processor at anandtech.com Forsale/Trade forums.
 

slvr_phoenix

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I think the question would be, performance in what?

If it's performance in games then yeah, get a new video card. Get an x800 or x850 in whatever flavor you can afford. Not that it'll really be a stunning difference over a 6600gt (when compared to top end PCIe cards these days), but sometimes every little bit helps.

If it's performance in something else, then you're going to have to make that a little more clear.

Of course anything you do will still be medium-to-low-range performance, depending on what you're doing, when compared to a whole new system and all. But your system isn't at the end of it's line either. You should be able to squeeze another year out of it. Maybe less, maybe more, again, depending on what you're doing and what makes you pull your hair out.

But your system, as is, is pretty comparable to mine, and I'm still enjoying mine just fine.
 

kayl_lucas

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hi there yes i only meant performance in games and also i get a feel that there is little more gloss or shine in ati cards cos i have seen one of my friends 9800 pro is it true? and thanks for the confirmation i dint want to change my processor either