Re: Time for new vid car. new mobo, or whole system?
For strictly gaming just about any s939 config should work fine with a newer agp video card as gaming is largely video card bound, now if you where still using an older axp setup then I would definitely say system upgrade.
Its up to you whether spending the money on a higher end AGP card is going to be worth the cost considering if you decide to upgrade to newer hardware you have that fancy high end agp card that may not be able to migrate over, unless you get one of the availble pci-e/agp based boards, theres also ebay for old parts.
If I where you I would buy a decent AGP card for a bargain price now since a 9800 is long in the tooth and start planning a new computer for around the end of the year early next year when prices should be better across the board for hardware.
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