My Geforce 6600 died some time ago and I had been living with the ancient Riva TNT2 for the last 2 months. Then I learned that HIS Digital is releasing a series of Radeon AGP in my country. Oh the joy. But then, being out of the DIY loop, I'm not sure which one to pick. FYI, here is the spec of my PC:
Windows XP SP3
Athlon XP 2500+ OC'ed at 3200+
3GB DDR-400 / PC-3200 SDRAM
450W generic PSU
HDD IDE x3
HDD SATA x2
DVD-RW IDE x1
The PC will be connected to my Panny 42G10 plasma via HDMI.
I'd like to do the following things (in order of priority):
- watch upscaled DVD / 480p movies
- watch HD 720p/1080p movies
- rip DVDs and encode into whatever the popular format is these days
- play the latest Football Manager (2011 is around the corner, y'know
- play Counter Strike: Source via LAN
- play COD4 / MW2
The candidates are:HIS HD 4670 IceQ Native HDMI 1GB (128bit) DDR3 AGP: $100HIS HD 2600XT IceQ Turbo 512MB/256MB GDDR3 AGP: $50
I'm leaning towards the much cheaper 2600XT, but I have doubts about the older UVD (vs UVD 2.2 on the 4670). Best video quality is my top priority but if the 4670 only deliver marginal improvement then I'll try the 2600XT first.
Your advise is greatly appreciated.
BTW, there is also other AGP cards on the site, but those two are the popular ones so it should be easier to find. However, feel free to recommend the others.http://www.hisdigital.com/id/product1-47.shtml