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I need a video card upgrade BAD

By dustin_ds3000
Jan 20, 2008
  1. i only have around $30 for a video card, i might even get 15 more to make it $45 if im lucky. i have an old FX5200 running on my new 20" acer monitor and gaming on it is ok but a litlle slow when i go to 1680X1050, soo i need a upgrade soon
     
  2. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    What game do you play usually? IMO, this would be a good upgrade from your current card for games like WoW and Counter Strike etc. For heavier games like Prey etc, you'd need a better card.
     
  3. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 869   +8

    i play games like all the Half-life games, sims 2, i was thinking of buying an fx5950
     
  4. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    The 6200 is much better than any of the FX cards. I'd definitely recommend it in that case.
     
  5. M0R0NI

    M0R0NI TS Rookie Posts: 86

    Yes go with the 6200!
     
  6. rmdl51

    rmdl51 TS Maniac Posts: 244

    IMO I've tried the 6200 and it's a pretty low end card, however is true that it's much better than any of the FX, but at the resolution you are trying to game I think you won't be able to go a step higher than min/low-med settings on your gaming purposes.

    My friend has a 6600 and he runs games like AOE III, NFS Carbon, at medium settings smoothly, the card may be a little bit over your budget ($80-90), but I've seen it on ebay for about $50, so if you can save a little bit more and find a good reputable seller on ebay I will suggest to buy the 6600.
     
  7. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 869   +8

  8. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    Yeah that'd be a pretty good card, provided your PSU can handle it.
     
  9. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 869   +8

    i have an 400w psu
     
  10. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    That should be ok but make sure you have at least 16-18A on the +12V rail, or you might face problems.
     
  11. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 869   +8

  12. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    No there's no difference I can see, but the Biostar card has better reviews on the whole, so it'd be the better card to get on that basis.
     
  13. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 869   +8

  14. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    Try it at your own risk. I don't think the warranty'd cover you if you damaged the card while trying it.
     
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