View Full Version : AGP vs. PCI
09-13-2005, 04:19 AM
So, maybe this will seem to be an obvious choice for gurus such as yourselves but since it's been quite a while since I've studied up on the subject, I'll ask anyway. Which is a better interface, AGP or PCI when speaking in terms of video cards. I'm looking to build my own system and want to minimize the amount of kinks I run into along the way so I may end up asking a lot of these seemingly simple questions. I was considering another ATi card (I'm currently using an ATi Radeon 7500) but I'm open to suggestions, especially from Mike, the first person I ever knew that could do some pretty amazing things with a computer. Any input on any aspect of building your own system (aiming to stay under $1K) would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks guys!! :)
Well there are 3 slots a videocard will currently go into...pci, which is really old and you shouldn't use, agp, which is still pretty standard and works great, and pci-e, which is a newer format that has some tangible benefits over agp...
If you're just looking to get something quick and cheap, AGP will do just fine...if you're looking to drop some cash and get something nice...you'll want to get PCI-E for future upgradeability...
All the newest chipsets (the chips your motherboard uses) run PCI-E...the main thing is just to be sure you get a motherboard and a videocard that match up...if you get a motherboard with PCI-E, you need a PCI-E video card...
Check the superlatives page for my current picks of video cards at different price points...
P.S. Hi Tim!!
09-15-2005, 01:30 AM
For $1000 I'd go with PCI-E. If you can give some specs about what you'd like your pc to do.
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