sorry my bad, I interpreted early/mid-2000 as around the first half of 2000 🤣
Is 2004 not in the first half of 2000?
I wouldn't bother with AGP for system to run games up to 2005.
I now use my old computer for retro winXP 32-bit gaming, a phenom ii x4 975 (formerly a sempron 150 in there but i couldn't sell my phenom ii for a good price so i kept it) and hd 6950 with xi-fi fatality soundcard to run all those type of games on maxed out settings.
I would really like a seperate voodoo machine for DOS games also and pre 2000 glide dos games, but good parts for that era and with ISA slots are just impossible to find now and would cost too much! xD
So I gave up there!
I had a voodoo 3000 PCI and luckily I was able to slap my retro PC together with that (spec in sigs) from a £20 auction for the board, cpu and memory and PSU. So good having PCI version, not having to worry about the right AGP slot!
P4SCE mobo/prescott p4 3ghz/4gb ddr1 in dual channel voodoo 3000 PCI @187mhz
3dfx ref. drivers / win98se with memory patch to boot with 4gb(1gb used)
dual boot with winXP-32 bit running amigasport 3.0 3dfx drivers