Whitch graphics cards?

  wednesday 13 10:03 20 Nov 2005

I am after 2 fairly cheap graphics cards. They will be both used for gaming, and with the way the next gen graphics is looking, I need a good card. For my main PC, i want a decent 128 MB. I have got my eye on a RADEON 9250 for £30 and a GEFORCE FX 5200 PRO with a TV out for £32. For my second PC with the lower graphics games, I am after a GEFORCE MX440 at 64MB for £24.

Is this OK or am I going too cheep?

  g0nvs 10:23 20 Nov 2005

Dont expect to play the latest games with these budget cards.

  hzhzhz 10:52 20 Nov 2005

At the moment I'm having to play Far Cry with a radeon 9600se (due to main gfx card failure). It runs this game smoothly at the lowest settings. The graphics much better than same game on xbox. I am using 768mb of system ram. 9600se is around £45.

  Cybermaxx 11:05 20 Nov 2005

I wouldn't go for a 5200, 9250, or 9600SE. They're all sub-budget cards now. At the minimum, I would look at the nVidia 6200 (not the Turbocache ones, though!), which can be bought for £40 or less, and is about as good as a 9600 Pro. Avoid 6200 cards which use a 64 bit memory interface.

Alternatively, I would spend a little more and get a Radeon X700 (£60), which has eight pixel pipelines and for the money is a good buy.

Re. 128MB RAM on the card. I actually spotted my first game which has 256MB video RAM as it's MINIMUM spec. the other day. GT Legends, it's called. The first of many, although these lower end cards won't be able to make much use of the extra memory anyway.

  hzhzhz 11:12 20 Nov 2005

It all depends on how tight your budget is. I will be after a new gfx card myself and if Cybermaxx recommends the x700 I will check this out.

  Cybermaxx 11:30 20 Nov 2005

I might get one myself. I'm making do with an old 9600XT at the moment.

Detailed benchmarks here. These are the PCI Express versions, but expect nigh on the same performance from the AGP versions. Note the test system used (it's certainly a hell of a lot better than mine!).

click here

hzhzhz, the X300SE is the PCI Express version of the 9600SE. X300 is 9600, X600 Pro is 9600 Pro, and X600XT is 9600XT with a wee bit more bandwidth.

  hzhzhz 11:36 20 Nov 2005


Cheers for info. I would say to wednesday 13 that if the budget is very tight as it probably is for many including myself, be wary of buying used gfx cards. My mate bought a s/hand 9600xt and it lasted 2 weeks before the fan packed in.

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