Looking to upgrade Graphics card

  BigAl127 16:57 11 Feb 2008

I'm thinking of upgrading the graphics card on my pc.

The current spec is:-

Graphics Card: Ati Radeon 9200 128mb AGP

Motherboard: A-Bit SG72 Socket 478
CPU: Intel Pentium 4 3GHz

I've looked at the following cards as replacements

Geo Force GF6200 512Mb AGP x8
Sapphire Radeon X1950 Pro 512Mb AGP

Would either of these fit my motherboard and if so, which is the better card?

Alternatively, recommendations as to a more suitable card welcomed. Budget £50 ish. Or would it be better to spend the money on extra ram?

  BigAl127 17:01 11 Feb 2008

Mainly used for basic DTP, Photo editing, films, music videos, internet etc. NOT really into gaming.

  Totally-braindead 17:09 11 Feb 2008

This is your board so you have an AGP slot click here so you need an AGP graphics card.

Both cards you've listed will fit and theres a massive difference, perhaps you've worked this out yourself bearing in mind the price difference, the X1950 pro is one of the best AGP cards you can get and the 6200 card is very basic.

You will need to check power supply rating as the x1950 will need at least a 450 watt power supply and I think they all need their own power connector as well so make sure you have one spare.

One thing I'm a bit unclear about. You mention £50 as a budget. Where did you see a X1950 Pro for £50 as its a move than £100?

  Totally-braindead 17:12 11 Feb 2008

Took me a while to type the above. No gaming just get the 6200 click here and save the concerns about the power supply.

I would like to point out that for many of the things listed you will not see any great improvement as none of them need a great graphics card.

Can I ask wrong with your present card? Or is it onboard graphics you are using?

  Totally-braindead 17:13 11 Feb 2008

Missed it you have a 9200, sorry. The 6200 will be an improvement over what you have.

  Joe R 17:20 11 Feb 2008

Imho a far better card, and, within your budget.
click here

  BigAl127 17:21 11 Feb 2008

I've got the manual for my motherboard which states "ATTENTION: This motherboard does not support 3.3V AGP cards. Use only 1.5v or 0.8v AGP cards. Hence, why I asked if the cards were suitable.

Have got a 450 watt power supply fitted, and have spare connectors.

I was looking at the 6200, then a friend has offered me the X1950 Pro for £60. So thought i'd seek advice here.

Would you consider the X1950 pro as the better option?

  BigAl127 17:36 11 Feb 2008

The problem with my current graphics card is that every so often the picture on the screen goes blotchy. Have tried the card in a couple of other systems and the problem follows the card.

So thought before it gives up altogether, I may as well change it sooner rather than later.

Joe R - thanks for your recommendation also.

  Joe R 17:48 11 Feb 2008


the link I gave you will not work in your system then ,as it is an AGP 3.0

Do you have a link to the X1950pro.?

  Totally-braindead 17:53 11 Feb 2008

The 1950 pro is a much better card and costs about £108 new from Novatech, depending on how old it is the £60 your friends wants could be a good deal. You can get it cheaper elsewhere though maybe £80.

Anyway. The card JoeR linked to the 6800 is quite a bit better than the 6200 you mentioned without going overboard.

All new AGP cards are 1.5 volts as far as I know you cannot get the 3.3 volt ones anymore.

In short, any of the cards mentioned will fit and of the 3 mentioned the 6200 is the poorest the 6800 is quite a bit better and the X1950 pro is a lot better.

  Totally-braindead 17:57 11 Feb 2008

Joe R what do you mean it will not work because it needs a AGP 3.0 slot?

Why not? His board has an AGP 8X/4X slot so why would this card not work?

Do you know something I don't?

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