geforce2 to geforceFX

By desdgl
Dec 23, 2003
  1. I need some advice on updating my video card. Right now I have a geForce 2 32mb. Im running a Pentium III ant 1.0Ghz and have 384mb RAM. How much increase in preformance will I see if i buy a geForceFX 5200 for $100? is it worth the price?
  2. Scol

    Scol TS Rookie Posts: 88

    Do you have AGP 4X on your motherboard?

    How much are you willing to spend on a graphics upgrade, and are you willing to buy online or are you gonna buy in-store?
  3. desdgl

    desdgl TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 36

    I am willing to spend about $130 and I would like to buy it at a store and not online. I do not know if my motherboard has a 4X AGP but I know it has an AGP port. the GeForce 2 im using now is PCI. I could read all the manuals that came with my pc but I just recently had my motherboard replaced by Gateway with a different one. So is there any software or something that can tell me what kind on AGP I have?
  4. snowman

    snowman TS Rookie Posts: 183

    i had your same setup. i payed the same for the card and got a pretty big increase but for $130 now i wouldnt spend it on that. i would go for a geforce Ti 4200 or a radeon 9500 or 9600 if you can find them cheap. try or
  5. Scol

    Scol TS Rookie Posts: 88

    Any retailers you have in mind so I could look at some prices and make a suggestion?

    As for getting info on your board, it shouldn't be too much of a hassle to check tech support for information on your motherboard. They may have changed it from the one that was stock in your computer. You could try probing around looking for some brand or model # on your board, but I think it'd be easier to just ask them rather then guess.
  6. tripleione

    tripleione TS Rookie Posts: 154

    Try downloading SiSoftware's SANDRA. It should tell you whether or not you have an AGP slot and what speeds and settings it supports.

    Download here
  7. desdgl

    desdgl TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 36

    I just purchased a PNY Vertro GeForce FX 5200 for $79.99 at best buy. I know this is not the best so i did not open it yet and have 30 days to return it. If I find a better deal I will return it. I download Sandra 2004 standard but can't fugure out how to show my AGP information; any help with that? Also I would like to find a better deal on a video card but can't find one, any recomendations or is the one I bought good? I am looking for about $130 or less. Thanks
  8. snowman

    snowman TS Rookie Posts: 183

    what company made your computer? and what model is it? most likely if you have agp it will be 4x. and an fx, geforce 4 or a radeon would work. i would go with a geforce 4 ti4200 or a radeon 9600. try or i bought parts from both those sites and they were cheap and good products.
  9. desdgl

    desdgl TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 36

    I know my PC has an AGP port because I've checked before. My PC is a Gateway, the model is PERFORMANCE 1000 and thats about all I know. Say my PC has a 2X AGP, will this card still work?
  10. Scol

    Scol TS Rookie Posts: 88

    it SHOULD be backwards compatible, but you could always get that info on the card manufacturer website.
  11. werty316

    werty316 TS Rookie Posts: 185

    If you get any of those then your CPU will bottle-neck your system. Even though you are lookin into the budget line like the 5200 it should be fine. Don't expect any big performance jump.
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