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11-06-2004 12:56 PM  13 years agoPost 1
tisrich

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I'm looking to upgrade the video card on my son's PC (2.53 P4 w/AGP slot) to run some of the latest games like Men of Valor and Half Life 2. I'd like to keep the cost under $75 and have spotted the nvidia FX 5200 for around $55 online. Anyone know if this is a good choice and if not what would be a good alternative?
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11-06-2004 01:04 PM  13 years agoPost 2
PaulH-MA

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I would recommend an ATI based card over an nVidia based card. ATI released the 9700 Pro two years ago. nVidia has been playing catch-up ever since.

Crucial, the memory manufacturer and vendor, recently entered the video card business, and has done very well with their products. You can view them all at:

http://www.crucial.com/store/listmf...?cat=Video+Card

If you scroll to the bottom of the page, you will see a couple of cards that meet your price range, and will give your son's computer good enough performance to run the games you listed.

The only difference between the cheaper cards and the expensive cards is the image quality (IQ) of 3D games, and the number of frames per second the game can generate.

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11-06-2004 01:06 PM  13 years agoPost 3
Saint728

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nvidia FX 5200
That card is near the bottom of the bin in graphics cards. If you want a good card it cost good money. You can get by on a $300.00 card, but you will just be wasting your money on a $75.00 one. You might as well save some money and get something that will last for a while.

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11-06-2004 02:46 PM  13 years agoPost 4
daggit

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an ATI based card over an nVidia based card
ditto on that.

had a couple nVidia cards with some problems on both. With the ATI card I didn't even think about it.


Unfortunately the reason why you can get a new graphics card for $55 is because there are so much better cards to be had.

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11-06-2004 04:57 PM  13 years agoPost 5
cannonfoo

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id go with a radeon 9600+ or a geforce fx 5700+ for those two games. 128mb min video ram. anything else and you wouldnt notice a difference.

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11-06-2004 05:15 PM  13 years agoPost 6
PPLON

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As Saint said... is a waist of money buy a FX5200.. to run properly the Men of Valor and Half Life 2 games you need at least the new nvidia 6600 but your best choice must be X700- X800 or nvidia 6800GT there are not in the top but willl do the job and are ok... is important to think stay in 250-350 price range.


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11-06-2004 05:25 PM  13 years agoPost 7
G.Man

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A radeon 9700 would be my choice... save the cash and do it right...

My radeon beats every GF card I have ever owned for image quality, inc the GF FX series...

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11-06-2004 05:38 PM  13 years agoPost 8
FENMAN

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I have the SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 with 256DDR and for the money its a good card, i think it would do what you want,,Why spend loads if its not a top end computer?{i will now be told why my card is no good,, runs XTR at 195 fps }

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11-06-2004 05:46 PM  13 years agoPost 9
G.Man

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SAPHIRE stuff is a great choice, the quality components they use are usually really overclockable...

I got the SAPHIRE Radeon 9800XT 256MB Sweet card...

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11-06-2004 07:52 PM  13 years agoPost 10
Spitfire_mk5

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another vote for ATI 9700 have had one in my desktop since it came out and its sweet quaility , runs my 2D apps great at 2880x1200 and huge FPS for 3D games.

Even running one in my laptop and it scares people when you have all the details at full on a laptop and are still blowing away thier desks.

Save money in the long run by getting a mid end (is that even an end :P) ATI

Now where can i buy some 2 gig ram chips for this laptop

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11-06-2004 09:10 PM  13 years agoPost 11
tisrich

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Thanks for the tips. Has anyone used the Crucial cards mentioned above? I know you get what you pay for but if these cards will do what I need why should I spend $250-$300? Where would I find the best price on the Sapphire cards?

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11-07-2004 12:19 AM  13 years agoPost 12
PaulH-MA

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NewEgg is an excellent on-line vendor for all things computer. There is a Saphire store with all of their cards listed:

http://www.newegg.com/app/categ.asp...ory=1561&depa=1

You can search NewEgg for other companies that make ATI-based video cards.

I have used the Crucial cards with great results. I have several clients running them, and have not had any complaints at all.

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11-07-2004 04:25 AM  13 years agoPost 13
JitsuGuy

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Forget ATI. Go with the new nVidia 6600 GT. It's a new generation 128 MB card that is killer fast and is only $200. You'll be extremely pleased with it.

http://www.firingsquad.com/hardware...e_6600_gt_peek/

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11-07-2004 12:33 PM  13 years agoPost 14
PaulH-MA

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The new video cards, including the nVidia 6600GT and the ATI X700 use the PCI-Express interface. Tisrich said that he has an AGP 8x interface on his motherboard.

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11-08-2004 03:07 AM  13 years agoPost 15
Glenn in Den

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Here is a link for a Sapphire RADEON 9600 PRO w/128meg.

http://www.allstarshop.com/shop/sim...=8694&ad=pwatch

However, they want $104.

You could try EBAY but a lot of those are OEM with little or no warranty.

Or you could look for an older ATI Radeon 8500. I just upgraded from that on my computer and gave it to my son. It can handle all of the games you mentioned and should be available for what you want to spend.



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