GeForce FX 5200 256MB 128-bit vs. GeForce 8400 GS 256MB 64-bit GDDR2

By anthonyc77 ยท 8 replies
Dec 7, 2009
  1. The computer I have is a Dell Dimension 3000 desktop which is quite old. It only has integrated graphics so ive been wanting to upgrade them. The only available slots are PCI so my choices are sorta limited. I am also looking in around the $40-50 range which is why these cards seem to fit perfectly. (price wise at least) The Dell has only a 250 watt psu, so my first question is can these cards run on the standard psu, or would i have to upgrade it. My next question is which would be better for my system, with both being the same cost and all.

    PNY VCGFX522PEB GeForce FX 5200 256MB 128-bit DDR PCI

    SPARKLE SFPC84GS256U2LP GeForce 8400 GS 256MB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI

    (i would post links to newegg but i dont have a high enough post count)

    My System Specs:
    BIOS: Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A01
    Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz (2 CPUs)
    Memory: 1278MB RAM
    DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
    Integrated Graphics: Intel(R) 82865G Graphics Controller
  2. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    What is your budget for the card?

    Out of those 2 the 8400GS is better. But I'd recommend the 9500GT.
  3. anthonyc77

    anthonyc77 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    well my budget is around 50 bucks, and see with the 9500gt those are like 512-1 gig of memory and with PCI its a waste to use anything more then 256 mb.
  4. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    For 50 bucks I guess the 8400GS is the only option.
  5. anthonyc77

    anthonyc77 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    in what ways?
  6. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    I don't quite get you. But I think that the 8400GS being a newer architecture would provide marginally better performance over the FX5200. However, I do notice now that the 5200 has 128 bit memory bus width whereas the 8400GS has only 64. Hope someone here will be able to guide you better.
  7. anthonyc77

    anthonyc77 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yah thats where my problem was. =/
  8. SgtBlades

    SgtBlades TS Rookie Posts: 39

    Yeah man, the 8400GS looks like your best bet. Even though it's 64 compared to 128, still will do a lot better than than the 5200
  9. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Posts: 729

    I would go with the 8400gs if I were you. Here's a thread with a lot of good information (at least at the beginning of it) if you still need help with choosing a PCI GPU.
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