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smegal100
09-08-2006, 04:18 PM
hi i have just been offered a connect3D ati radeon x850 pro agp 256mb for 80 can any one recommend this card if they are using one are they any good and am i getting a good deal the boy says he got it 6 months ago and it cost him 170 including postage and packaging thanks to anyone in advance

n1qbal
09-08-2006, 04:22 PM
from what i seen from here it is worth the price heres a link to the product and pricec and some reviews Connect3D X800 XL AGP Graphics Card - technical specification review (http://computing.kelkoo.co.uk/b/a/ps_10631267/111601.html)

Diablo13
09-08-2006, 04:36 PM
The 850 pro is a very good card for an AGP board. It is no longer top of the line but still a very good card depending on what you are running at the moment as to what difference you will see. For 80 quid I would snatch his hand off m8. v:)

smegal100
13-08-2006, 06:18 PM
The 850 pro is a very good card for an AGP board. It is no longer top of the line but still a very good card depending on what you are running at the moment as to what difference you will see. For 80 quid I would snatch his hand off m8. v:)

cheers diablo 13 took the plunge and purchased the card instructions say i need at least a 300 watt pcu to run it mines is 300 watt but a crappy one so i have ordered a 550 watt psu of ebay will let yous know how i get on specs of my rig are

mboard aopen ak79g-1394
cpu anthon xp 2600 thornton
memory 1 gig ddr 400
graphics card geforce4 mx440 8x 64mb ddr

cheers

Diablo13
13-08-2006, 08:18 PM
I think you made a good choice especially in upgrading your psu. Many companies give out minimum specs for their hardware to sell as much as possible to the most people, but don't take into account anything else you may be running on your system. Nowadays a 300watt psu is very weak to my mind and if you want to run extra harddrives or some peripherals I would suggest that a 400watt psu is actually the minimum anyone should consider. I run a Tagan 580w personally so that I know I have enough juice for whatever i want to run. Your 550 should make sure you have enough power to run anything both now and in the future without needing to upgrade again.
I hope you enjoy your new card. v:)

smegal100
17-08-2006, 08:06 PM
hi that's me up and running got new psu and card installed wow what a difference this card is amazing i have been playing call of duty with everything turned up full the detail is amazing i can even see the hairs on one of the soldiers chins i am noticing things in the game i never saw before
thanks to all for the great advice
cheers smegal:fence:

Diablo13
17-08-2006, 08:26 PM
thanks to all for the great advice
cheers smegal:fence:
Your very welcome smegal100, glad to have helped a bit. I can tell by the tone of your post that you are happy with your setup now. Amazing what a difference a decent graphics card makes in gaming is'nt it. :machinegun: :))

watto_uk
24-09-2006, 12:24 PM
Your very welcome smegal100, glad to have helped a bit. I can tell by the tone of your post that you are happy with your setup now. Amazing what a difference a decent graphics card makes in gaming is'nt it. :machinegun: :))

And the difference with a top end graphics card is amazing. Newer games run so much sweeter. Oblivion isn't a slideshow, Call of Duty 2 can be run at a playable frame rate in DX9 mode. Call of Juarez will actually play :9: .

Power demands are pretty high though. I had a 550W PSU that would crash my X1900XT when the fan kicked up a notch. Replaced it with a Hiper 580 and it was fine. The PSU is also SLI/CF ready and provides 580W CONTINUOUS power. (can be very important if the machine is fully loaded) Hopefully, it will be enough for the next generation of graphics cards, which are rumoured to need a whopping 300W, FOR THE CARD ALONE !!!! Scary or what ?

Diablo13
25-09-2006, 11:48 PM
I've got a 7800GTX in mine which is quite a high end card but it does'nt seem to need as much juice as your X1900XT watto. I would like to upgrade my card but cant afford it at the moment. This is the 4th of these cards I've had because the others packed up and were replaced on warranty. It's made by Point of View and I would'nt buy one of their cards again.
I agree the amount of power demanded is getting out of control, so much so that there are now 1000 watt psu's coming on the market, Thermaltake have just brought a psu out rated at 1100 watts, I could probably run my car on that. (:|

alexh
30-09-2006, 02:56 PM
For an AGP user... what is the best value second hand card, bang for buck?

6600GT's are quite cheap at about ?40 but I feel they may be a bit underpowered.

9800 Pro's are about the same price.

Going up to a 6800 or X800 is a big jump in price.

Any opinions?

auldy
05-10-2006, 10:21 PM
Go for SLI if you can aford it mate im running two 7800gts and there class

martinuk
17-02-2007, 01:03 PM
i had 2 6600gt on sli mode graphics un real but i sold then got a amd board with 3800 daul core and 2 ati 1650pro crossfire much better grathics i dont normully use ati but pretty good

Blue4Ever
20-04-2007, 08:05 PM
I am running an X850XT PE and it is absoloutly spot ON !

mickyrobbo
20-04-2007, 09:46 PM
For an AGP user... what is the best value second hand card, bang for buck?
6600GT's are quite cheap at about ?40 but I feel they may be a bit underpowered.
9800 Pro's are about the same price.
Going up to a 6800 or X800 is a big jump in price.
Any opinions?
I paid ?180 for Radeon x850 series seven months ago fantastic card,,for gaming but then they went done in price bummer,,I say this to let you know that I thought it would play all the games ,,then at xmas I bought Tom Clanceys vagas which looked the dogs and when I loaded in into my system it would not play ,,as my card is shader 2 and the newer games are all going shader 3 ,well I was able to get the boss a graphics card brand new for ?70 brand new with shader 3 ,,so I would buy new and stay away from seconds as 90% of the time they are overclocked and near done its really up to yourself on what games you play and if the system can use it proper,,

Diablo13
21-04-2007, 05:02 AM
I am now running an XFX 7950 GX2 card in my rig and its an amazing card for everything. It is really 2 cards in 1 with a 512 gpu on each card. Vista now supports both gpu's which XP did'nt, so I now get the full combined 1 gig pure graphics application. The 8800 series cards are even better but the price is too much for me at around 450 quid plus. I got my 7950 from the states for 297 quid including postage, about 3 months ago, which was a good price.
The best performing budget card I believe is the 7600 GT which I hear will run anything and can be had for about ?150 to ?170 new, depending where you shop.
Look for reviews online as the general consensus seems to be that its a great card for the price.


N.B I forgot to say that the cards I just mentioned are all PCI Express, which is the way forward as its much better than AGP. All comes down to what you want to do and as always what you can afford.