Well it is about to happen. What you ask? My video card is about to die. :(
The machine I'm using was a High School graduation gift and I got the card then. When was that? Sheesh, that was two years ago. Anyway, I got an ASUS 9600xt for $180. It had lots of software that actually worked and came with Half Life 2 & Counter Strike: Source free.
The card is getting unhappy. I could play Farcry at 40+ FPS on high for HOURS. Not it is about 30 fps for maybe an hour before it needs a restart. Same goes for Doom 3 and Grand Theft Auto. The source engine games are a little less demanding. There are no temp problems. I don't think it has ever gotten over 45 degrees Celsius.
Yes, I am limited to AGP. I'd rather spend a few hundred now and get eight more months of use out of this thing rather than spend another $2k updating EVERYTHING! If I update it all it better have a quad core processor, Quad SLI Video Cards with direct X 10, at least 4gb of ram.
My first option is the Geforce 7800GS. They say it is the last great AGP card. They must be for $300.
Being a little less damaging to the wallet is the Radeon X850XT.
Finally is the Radeon X800GTO. It is 60% of the performance of the 7800 but for half the cost.
Any ideas? The x800GTO looks best price wise, but the performance of the 7800 is too great to be ignored. I dunno.