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video card upgrade help?

By likenew ยท 5 replies
Jan 21, 2007
  1. hiya, my video card is dying, so i'm looking to upgrade it. i plan to use amazon, as i have about $60 in amazon money, so thats also my budget. my comp is 3 years old, and wasn't top of the line when i got it. what i plan on using with the card is to watch anime/movies, play eq once in a while, uo once in a while, and maybe even wow once in a while, not full time playing just to pop in and say hi. currently i have a geforce 5200 fx. i'm also from michigan, US.

    here are some computer specs you asked for

    1. Motherboard - abit nf7 nvidia nforce 2 http://www.abit-usa.com/products/mb/products.php?categories=1&model=8
    2. Graphic interface - agp version 3.0 (8x)
    3. Memory -768 mb ddr ram
    4. CPU - AMD Athlon(tm) XP 2000+, MMX, 3DNow, ~1.7GHz
    5. CPU Speed - 1.7GHz
    6. Power Supply Make/Model - turbolink / LC-A350ATX 12V
    7. Watt output/Amperage - +12V/12A

    some of the cards i've found that might be good:

    XFX GeForce 6200 256MB DDR2 TV DVI

    Radeon 9550SE 128MB

    ATI Technologies Radeon 9600 SE 128 MB DRR2 Video Adapter (100-437009)

    i was also wondering, since i have a nvidia mobo, will there be any issues using an ati card? i know there shouldn't, but i always assumed it would perform better with another nvidia/geforce product.

    well um, thats all i can think of.

    thank you for any help you can give!

    thought i should add, before my current video card started to crap out, it used all those games i mentioned(along with several other beta's) animes/movies etc pretty well. but a newer better card just seems, well, better then replacing it with the same ole 5200, and hopefully will have a longer life and let me join a few more new beta's here and there. though, like i sorta said earlier, i don't plan on being a hard core gamer anymore ;-)
  2. Tarkus

    Tarkus TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 615

    No problem using ATI in an nVidia mobo. I can't find a review of the 9550 and the 9600 is older technology and none of the benchmarks correlate to the games benchmarked for the nVidia card. Here's a review of the GeForce 6200. That looks like a nice little board for the price.
  3. beef_jerky4104

    beef_jerky4104 Banned Posts: 782

  4. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,402   +38

    The 9600XT/PRO is a better choice owing to the wider 128-bit memory bus compared to the 64-bit one all the others above. Here is a link to a 9600XT. If it seems too pricey, then go for the 6200 instead, since iit has SM3.0 support which the other two lack.
  5. likenew

    likenew TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thank you for all your help guys!

    i ordered the XFX GeForce 6200 just now, can't wait for it to get here so i can see how much better it is compared to how my 5200 use to be!
  6. likenew

    likenew TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ya, i picked the free super saver shipping option. and guess what? it came about an hour ago! i so wasn't expecting it for at least a week lol.

    anyway, still testing it, eq had a client crash unfortunately, but no other problems so far, hoping the other issues i was having are now cured =-) we'll see though.
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