Looking for PCI-E + AGP support on a good MOBO
Posted on 2004-09-05
Here's my situation: I bought an ATI all in wonder about a year and a half ago, well knowning that I'd have to upgrade, just about in a year in a half (and here I am :) ). I have the AIW 8500 dv... which is a great card, but it's a bit of a bear and is showing its age with the newest games.
First, I don't want to part with the TV functionality that the card has (among other features), especially since my room is small and do not have the space for a full TV... also my monitor is 19" CRT flat screen... bigger then any spare TV that is lying around my house in the first place.
Second, I want to pay for a good graphics card, but don't really want to pay for another all in wonder, since those features of my existing card work great.
A friend of mine suggested that I get a new motherboard (currently have a Matsonic... a what?? Yeah, exactly, so I've been drooling over a new SATA-enabled Asus for a while now) that supports both the AGP and PCI-E standards, so I can keep both cards. And to make this solution even better, I'm going away to college soon and will be buying a flat panel in addition to my 19" (since there will be no room for the CRT in my dorm), so while I'm at home, I would like to be able to use both monitors - CRT for gaming, flat panel as the dual monitor.
My questions are: am I asking something that is currently unreasonable? Also, is there even a motherboard, Asus or not, that supports both the PCI-E and AGP standards? I don't care is AGP isn't 8x, as I think my ATI card only goes 4x (would have to check on it though).
Also, any good graphics cards that are reasonably priced and come in the PCI-E format? Reasonably priced to me is under $200...
Thanks in advance for any advice and definitive answers you can give me!