X1950XT PCI-E vs. HD 3850 AGP

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  1. methylbenzoate

    methylbenzoate Master Guru

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    I just want to get some opinions on this...

    Do you think the AGP version of the HD 3850 will beat the X1950XT PCI-E?

    I have the rig in my sig.

    And yes, I know a Pentium D 915 sucks.

    maybe I should get an e6850...
     
  2. IM0001

    IM0001 Master Guru

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    I would say get a E6850 over the 3850 for now. Your current graphics card may not be DX10 but it will certanly get a nice boost in performance from a much faster processor. To me that would be your biggest gain. Now if you were to get both a new processor and the 3850 then you will be making a even better step up.
     
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    Darkest Ancient Guru

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    Agreed, there isn't that big a difference between the two cards really, a new processor would do wonders for your rig.
     
  4. enessel

    enessel Master Guru

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    I don't understand. Why would you get an agp card?
     

  5. aircool

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    I wouldnt go backwards with AGP, also a new graphics card will do more for your fps than a new cpu, unless you go beyond a hd3850 and go to 8800x levels.
     
  6. Imperious

    Imperious Master Guru

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    Your motherboard DOES NOT have an AGP slot!!

    I helped one of the apprentices where I work upgrade his P5B this week, and he went from a 7600gt to a new 512mb 8800gts, what a difference, also upgraded to 4gb Ram.
    You could try a 3870 as they aren't a lot dearer than the 3850's, just make sure You use a PCI-e card.
     
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    That pent D is holding back your X1950XT. After moving from pent d to Core 2, my games get at least 10fps boost even with the same card. Instead of getting 3850, get C2D because your CPU is the bottleneck.
     
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    Get rid of the Pentium D junk, get real CPU C2D E6550 as minimum(unless u oc it) and then get the HD3850.
     
  9. methylbenzoate

    methylbenzoate Master Guru

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    Thanks to everyone for all the input.

    I wasn't thinking of going backwards to AGP, as my mobo does not have an AGP slot, but I just wanted to know if it has more power than a PCI-E X1950XT. Maybe it's apples to oranges, I don't know.

    I also realize that a stock Pentium D 915 is TERRIBLY holding me back.

    I was thinking of getting an e6850.

    Are they good, or should I just overclock an e6600 to 3.0 GHz?
     

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