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    should I go for a pci video card or an agp one?


    35 for a Visiontek Geforce256 32MB DDR DVI TV OUT AGP (Not Geforce2 GTS 32MB DDR) hopefully the cables included.


    or 39 + shipping for a 32 MB ATI radeon pci card with tv out.


    i'm leaning towards the pci cause I could always use it for DUAL display in XP if i take it out.


    any ideas?

  • #2
    Well,

    Really you don't need agp for a carpc unless you play mad amounts of games in your car. You also had a good idea going for the dual monitor setup when you upgrade the carpc. I would just go with the pci setup.

    Good luck..

    BTW, are you still selling the slot dvd with adapters? I'll give yah 65 shipped if you are.

    Thanks!
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    • #3
      Go for the cheapest but highest spec. AGP give next to no improvment over PCI. I have owned a few cheapie TNT2 AGP and PCI cards, and by comparison the PCI cards ran quicker and gave slightly better FPS. Certainly for a car application your not going to be worried about a .5 FPS difference.
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      • #4
        then theres the factor that agp is direct gfx and therefor any data wont have to go onto ur pci bus.

        agp makes more sense doesn't it?
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        • #5
          Originally posted by defsquad
          Well,

          Really you don't need agp for a carpc unless you play mad amounts of games in your car. You also had a good idea going for the dual monitor setup when you upgrade the carpc. I would just go with the pci setup.

          Good luck..

          BTW, are you still selling the slot dvd with adapters? I'll give yah 65 shipped if you are.

          Thanks!

          i gave up on the adapter. I still have a dvdrom and I can get a hold of the adapter that sticks out. if you wanna save on shipping costs.

          also, a 3 slot pci riser card is only 17 compared to 60 for a pci/agp riser combo =\

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          • #6
            i just bought a pci/agp riser, $ 40 from gtweb.net

            P.S. - Im going agp, but I have an r2 extreme additction so I have to have the best possible graphics card out there.... Even if you dont want the best card though, agp still offers alot more upgradeability for the future....

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            • #7
              do youhave a link for the riser card?

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              • #8
                Go for the Geforce!!! I have one in my main desktop pc - it was a standard gateway part before they folded in

                Anyway - it's a great card, and cost me 135 to upgrade from a voodoo3. However, it doesn't do dual independant displays, but with TV Tool you can output the same data to the tv out and monitor out simultaneously. The geforce is a great card, but from memory they do suck power. Mine gets pretty hot after a GTA III session!

                I'm putting an AGP Radeon card in my car pc so I can dual tv output with one monitor up front for GPS / MP3's and another couple of ps one screens at the back (we have a family of 6 so have an mpv style people carrier) for dvds on long journeys. Obviously I'm taking it slow, but I am planning on installing this eventually so decided to use the radeon based card.

                In the end it's up to you - the Geforce is a DAMN good car. I'm getting a radeon eventually for about 35 which is pretty cheap for a agp dual view tv output card. I can strongly recommend the geforce - nvidia drivers and support are truely astounding.
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                • #9
                  only bad thing is the card is dvi/tvout not crt so maybe it might be pci card?

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