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Old 10-05-2005, 07:39 PM   #1
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Ok as of right now i have a computer that i purchased from Dell 3-4 years ago. At the time i did not have the experience to build my own computer so i put one together with the best components i could get Dell to install. Well now, 3-4 years later it is starting to show its age.

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X800XT PE (installed last xmas)
1 gb of RD ram (upgarded from 512mb 2 years ago)
70gb HDD
P4 2.4ghz processor

I was planning on building a new computer but keeping the X800XT PE. The problem with this unfortunately is that it is AGP. I thought a remedy to this would be a new motherboard that has both an AGP 8X slot and a PCI-E 16X slot.The problem with this is that the motherboard does not support AMD processors. This leaves me 3 options:

1) Go all out with that motherboard and the X800XT, buy a extremely powerful Pentium processor, tons of ram, and hope and pray it dosn't go obselete too soon.

2)Buy a new AGP only motherboard that supports AMD processors, get a mid-range amd processor, keep graphics card, and keep all specs mid range so in about two years when the X800XT is obsolete i will have more money to start completely over.

3)Dump the X800XT, start completely over with midrange components , hopfully with SLI capability for later on, and just upgrade it as i go.

I have been thinking about this for the past 4 months and can't come to a good conclusion. I wish there was just some way i could bridge my AGP card to PCI-E.
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Old 10-05-2005, 08:30 PM   #2
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heres a board that is AMD and has both AGP and pci-e not too sure about the brand though

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157081
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asrock is a good brandname, i'd go with an sli system and a system with more sata2 connectors. they are fairly new and will last longer
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http://www.computerforums.org/showth...ht=agp%2A+pcie
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Old 10-05-2005, 09:13 PM   #5
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I'm glad you show me that motherboard i have been searching everywhere for one just like that.

Also, anyone know if they make a AGP to PCI-E bridging chip for ATI cards. I know they make one for some Nvidia cards but can't find one for ATI.
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There's more info about bridging chips in that thread. Check the ATI link on the second page.
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Old 10-06-2005, 12:23 AM   #7
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Hmm well I just sell that X800XT PE and use that money towards an equivelent on PCI-E.
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That works, too.
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Old 10-06-2005, 02:48 AM   #9
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Yeah I sold a bunch of old computer parts to help get new stuff. It's a great idea I think. Ever tried looking up http://www.craigslist.org ? Just click on your city and post an ad. It's free and people typically will respond. I've sold RAM and bought things frm there as well.
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Yeah, Craig's List is pretty nice. Looks kinda sloppy, but it's nice.
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