Video Card Upgrade

By ballaboo
Apr 7, 2007
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  1. ru1thirst

    ru1thirst Newcomer, in training Posts: 79

  2. ballaboo

    ballaboo Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 21

    can i be rest assured that with my celeron processor, 1 gig RAM, and the FX 5200 128MB PCI Video Card, wow will run very smoothy. Although i dont spend all my time playing wow, i want the time i do spend playing to be the best it can.

    also, would that video card need more power than +12V/14A PSU i have already?
  3. ballaboo

    ballaboo Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 21

    anyone?....
  4. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,277   +22

    Yeah WoW will run very smoothly with that setup. Don't expect to play with all the graphics settings turned up though. Medium should work fine.
  5. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,520   +9

    I don't suggest that you purchase the FX5200 Video Card, but the GeForce 6200, ATI X1300, or ATI X1550, which are all better, and the 6200 is in the same price range at the FX5200 :) .
  6. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    I agree with Cfitzarl, those FX series cards were horrible performers...
  7. ballaboo

    ballaboo Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 21

    I only have PCI slots, is there a PCI version of the GeForce 6200?
  8. Grafficks

    Grafficks Newcomer, in training Posts: 454

    All the cards that cfitzarl listed have PCI versions. One small problem you may encounter is availability of these old PCI products.

    Radeon x1300 PCI:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814129062

    Radeon x1550 PCI:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814103031


    And the only PCI GeForce 6200 at Newegg is this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814170114


    In this case, I would suggest one of the Radeon x1XXX PCI cards. They are more expensive, but you get better performance because they have higher clock speeds (both core and memory) than the GeForce 6200. Also, the x1300 and x1550 have a 128-bit wide memory bus, compared to the 64-bit bus on the GeForce 6200.
  9. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,277   +22

    But people, he only needs to run WoW, not necessarily have all the eye candy innit? The FX5200 I linked to is 128-bit as well, so performance is not that bad and it does the job i.e. play WoW.
  10. ballaboo

    ballaboo Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 21

    i already play wow on the crappy set up i have...the only time i experience lag is when in the big cities, or surrounded by many other characters. i want to eliminate the jumpyness, and the lag. i am willing to buy a new motherboard and cpu, if i absolutely cant get away with just a new PCI video card
  11. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,520   +9

    The only thing is that the FX5200 is almost that of integrated graphics :eek: ! That's why I suggest the other cards for use.
  12. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,277   +22

    It might just be the connection you know. A lot of bandwidth is needed for most MMORPGs to run properly.
  13. ballaboo

    ballaboo Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 21

    i just ran fraps for the first time, and i was running about 12-15 fps. idealy i wanna get to 30.
     
  14. ballaboo

    ballaboo Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 21

    this is what i got for a bandwidth test....but i dont know what any of it means.


    Communications 2.6 megabits per second
    Storage 319 kilobytes per second
    1MB file download 3.2 seconds
    Subjective rating Great
  15. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,277   +22

    Well you DO have a $250 budget (sorry I just saw that =P), so get the X1550 after all. It's the best PCI card available.
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