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 01/31/2005 08:45 PM
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ok i am trying to build a new system and i am looking at videos cards i am looking at a 6600 about 180$ pci express, i am also looking at a 150$ agp 8x. i am wondering which one i should get because i heard pci express is x16 making it 2x faster. getting a pci express would make me spend more because i would need a different mobo and proc but will it preserve my computer for future upgrades

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PCI-Express x16 has much more bandwidth than AGP, but AGP's full bandwidth is hardly ever (if ever at all) fully used.

Personally, I think I would wait another month or two, and get a PCIe-based system. That way prices will drop and everything will mature a bit more.

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PCIe...for now...shows no difference in performance. Due to the bandwidth issue that has been mentioned. The Bus speeds are the same...66mhz. AGP4x just became outdated about a year ago, and AGP 8x, most of the time isnt even needed.

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no point to go pci express now, just wait for AMR (ATI Multi Rendering) and then build yourself a nice pci express system with dual ati gfx cards , thats what im waiting for..
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QUOTE (derek12123 @ Jan 31 2005, 05:45 PM) ok i am trying to build a new system and i am looking at videos cards i am looking at a 6600 about 180$ pci express, i am also looking at a 150$ agp 8x. i am wondering which one i should get because i heard pci express is x16 making it 2x faster. getting a pci express would make me spend more because i would need a different mobo and proc but will it preserve my computer for future upgrades
If your not in the market for a WHOLE new PC then just upgrade you current video card. But if you want a new system, so for a PCIe system.

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Personally I'd wait until the next revision of the Nforce 4 chipsets comeout. Remember how bad the Nforce 3 150's were?
 02/01/2005 06:49 AM
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QUOTE (Le_Petit_Lapin @ Feb 1 2005, 12:14 AM) Remember how bad the Nforce 3 150's were?
Please remind me what was soooo bad about NF3 150....
Apart from the HT bus working at 600 Mhz instead of 800 (which hardly made any difference)
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Any cards on PCIe are no faster than if they were on AGP8x.

This is because any card now (even a X800XT PE) could still run AGP4x at full speed, so AGP8x can definetly handle them, and PCIe (16x) is just useless space.

Eventualy, in 2 years or so cards will need the bandwith that PCIe can provide, and than it will be useful.

So only go PCIe if there is a graphics card that is PCIe only that you want, and so you can have better upgradbility graphics card wise on that motherboard.

For instance, the new ATI cards, PCIe only, X800 and X800 XL are the best cards for your money (theyre not around in mass quantities yet though), and would be 1 good reason for going PCIe.

But wether a 6600 GT PCIe or a 6600 GT AGP8x perform any different, answer is not at all.

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