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Upgrading Video Cards

I have a Dell 8300, 1gb ram, with an ATI 9800 128mb video card.
I am going to have the ram upgraded to 3 gb.
I also want to upgrade my video card.
I play mostly fps games but also the Clancey games.
What would be the best card to upgrade to that would be useable in my computer? Is the amount of Ram on the video card the deciding factor?

I was just reading about the NVidea GEForce 8800 GTS but don't know if that would run on the Dell.

I want to purchase a card that will last the next 2 or 3 years.

The more I read the more confusing it becomes. Any help would be appreicated.

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3GB Ram will rarely affect FPS

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you 8300 agp interface limits your upgrade potential

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agp has been superseded by pci-express and has far fewer upgrade options. you power supply is either 250w or 305w thus restricting to lower-end cards from a performance standpoint.

if you keep your existing power supply, just keep your 9800 since its still a decent card. if you're willing to upgrade to a 400w power supply, then here are some suggestions.

$100: biostar geforce 6800xt

about $130:
sapphire x1650pro
xfx geforce 7600gs

For the cards above, don't be fooled into thinking 512mb is better than 256mb... its just wasted on these lower-end cards. I don't recommend pouring money into obsolete tech, but if you're willing to spend over $200, here are two other choices:

bfg geforce 7800gs
sapphire radeon x1950pro (announced but not yet available)

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