BODS 20:47 23 Feb 2006

hi, myold pc has k75sa mobo,512 mem,80gb h/do/s win982ed, would it be worth upgrading my agp video card inno3dmx2/400/64mb to a nvidia / msi geforce fx5200128mb or sapphire ati radeon 9550 256mb
thanks bods

  remind 21:09 23 Feb 2006

6200 would be a better bet, nvidia 5xxx series were never all that click here

  keef66 21:13 23 Feb 2006

You don't say what processor you have. It depends on what you want it to do. Both would offer a significant improvement over the card you have if playing 2 year old games. Neither would cope well with todays stuff like Far Cry or FEAR. If you're just talking about office applications, internet, minesweeper etc save your money.

  remind 21:16 23 Feb 2006


  ed-0 21:34 23 Feb 2006

Not to much into graphics cards for games but isn't your motherboard just 4X AGP.

Does that make a difference? Would it just mean that the graphics card is not running at full speed?

  BODS 21:36 23 Feb 2006

amd athlon xp 1600

  remind 21:37 23 Feb 2006

4x and 8x are hardly different in terms of actual discernable performance for the average system - 4x is plenty.

  Stuartli 21:49 23 Feb 2006

I've just got a Sapphire ATi Radeon 9550 256MB (I'd had a GeForceFX 5200 for eight months when I got a new mobo - I had to replace this when it went kaput for an MSI KT600 based mobo and the GeForce would blank out the display when surfing) and it's just a bit better than the nVidia card.

But neither aren't really all that wonderful although adequate for my purposes as I'm not into games.

  Stuartli 21:50 23 Feb 2006

As pointed out, the stepup from 4x to 8x AGP isn't linear and is, in fact, a maximum of up to about 10 per cent extra performance.

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