Need Help Choosing Graphics Card

By Rubberbandman ยท 10 replies
Jun 20, 2006
  1. I Have a pc with AGP and PCI slots only
    Can anyone suggest which of the folowing graphics cards is best(they are the only ones available to me)

    GeForce FX 6200A 256Mb DDR2 64Bit AGP X 8
    ATI RADEON X 9550 256Mb DDR2 128Bit AGP X 8
    GeForce FX5500 256MB DDR 128 Bit AGP 8X TV Out/DVI

    Secondly if my PC has ''Integrated SiS graphics up to 64Mb'' does that limit the graphics cards I can choose or does it only apply to the onboard graphics?
  2. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Booster Posts: 575

    Given the limited choices you have, I would go with the ATI card due to the 128 Bit bus. It is a bit more expensive (on Newegg anyways). The onboard graphics should be disabled if you install a graphics card, so it should not affect your choice of cards.
  3. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    I agree. The 9550 is the best option out of those three cards.
  4. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    Not true. I saw a 128MB 6200A from BFG Tech on Newegg for $28.
  5. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    But the 9550 is faster because it has 128 bit memory, against the 64 bit memory on the 6200A...
  6. duffguy

    duffguy TS Rookie Posts: 125

    go with the 9550 the 128-bit memory will help alot butr it also has a good core clock and memory clock.
  7. DIGI_Byte

    DIGI_Byte TS Rookie

    go with the ati its the best out of them and also it a personal fav of mine
  8. korrupt

    korrupt TS Rookie Posts: 716

    I personally prefer the GeForce,

    But as everyone sais, the 9550 is technically better due to its higher memory. GeForce to me seems more reliable and lasting though.


  9. DIGI_Byte

    DIGI_Byte TS Rookie

    lol true but they last long enough for me are you in australia!??
  10. Rubberbandman

    Rubberbandman TS Rookie Topic Starter

    huh? What do you mean? Are you saying that an ATI graphics card will die on me. If so which of the two GeForces are better.
  11. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    Nah nothing like that. Only thing is, the 9550 has a 128-bit bus while the 6200A has a 64-bit one. On the other hand, the 6200A has SM 3.0 support while the 9500 lacks that.
    That being said. I would recommend this one.
    Sapphire Radeon 9600XT 256MB GDDR2 AGP 4x/8x
    It has GDDR2 RAM and is way faster than the 9550 or the FX5500. ALso, the rebate makes the price almost equal that of the 9550. If that ain't a sweet deal, I don't know what is.
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