Re: new card
Best AGP nvidia card you can buy is a 6800 Ultra. But it will cost you $350-$425, depending on where you shop.
Best AGP ATI card is a x850XT PE, which is about to get a price cut actually.
The guy at best buy is an idiot, the 5500 256MB would lag during pong....
If your into features, go with nvidia. If you want raw performance, go with ATI.
Nvidia's g6 series has hdr, sli compatiblity and great opengl support.
Ati's x800 series has the fastest driect3d performance, but not so great opengl performance. It lacks full precision hdr...(which always ends up in a debate so just say it doesnt have hdr) but will be crossfire compatible. (Ati's answer to sli)
Personally, I say go with a AGP 6800 GT. You can find them for about $250 and it's a great card.
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