MX440 or FX5200 AGP x8 Card for light games ?

  Giggle n' Bits 00:33 07 Jan 2004

I have been told (Not asked!) by wife to buld a pc for the younger one. The pc need needs to be have a grahpics card that will play these CD rom games like football, harry potter etc. would a MX440 or FX5200 AGP x8 64MB or 128MB card suffice for this job ? As the price jump is a little high for FX5900 cards.

CPU & memory is 2GHz XP2400 and 512MB PC2100 DDR to be running XP.

So will I get away with a GeForce MX440 or FX5200 card for the job please.

  DieSse 00:56 07 Jan 2004

Of course these cards will be absolutely fine. A lot of tosh is taked about graphics cards - only the latest high power games require top class graphics cards , and even then they will run adequately on lesser cards in most cases.

  soy 01:18 07 Jan 2004

Go for the FX5200 to ensure future compatibility.

  Flaco 02:46 07 Jan 2004

some very demanding games on my XP1800, 512 Mb 2100 DDR and a now rapidly aging GeForce 3 Ti200. No problems.

The MX440 (cut down GeForce4) is a little to close to the performance of my GF3 for comfort. It will play current games just fine, but as Soy says, the FX5200 is a safer choice not least because it is DirectX 9.0 compatible and this will cover games and apps coming out in the near future.

As DieSse rightly points out, there is so much hype surrounding GPU's. Don't get sucked into it. When I eventually upgrade my card (maybe this year, maybe not) I'll most likely go for the FX5200 myself.

  BeForU 04:04 07 Jan 2004

i would also go for the FX5200. although its the lowest in terms of performance out of the FX range, its the cheapest and its also newer and better than the MX440 i.e. DirectX 9.0 compatibility.

  chris05 09:05 07 Jan 2004

I too have a ti 200 which was about 170 pound new I looked on ebay the other day to find a gforce ti 500 (which was the daddy on the market when the ti series came out) for just 70 euro about 50 quid, if the budget is to high for you I suggest looking on ebay. I live in germany now and the cards here are really cheap and the diffrence between a fx 5200 and fx 5600 is very small have a look here

click here

This might be the case in the uk as well im not sure just somthing to think about.

best regards Chris

  Giggle n' Bits 13:58 07 Jan 2004

& BeForU and also chris05 I thank you all for your advice on this one & also a big happy new year to ya all.

I will look for a FX5200 card.

  Flaco 15:49 07 Jan 2004

Hiya. Slightly off the subject here, but I'm interested to know if you've ever used the TV-out facility on the Ti200. I haven't done this myself because I've yet to upgrade with a TV tuner card. I suppose I may be looking for further excuses to upgrade the GPU!


  chris05 21:15 13 Jan 2004

I have not tried the tvout but a friend of mine has and had problems no end he asked ceative support for help they sent him a patch that did not work and he still got a black tv screen.

  Flaco 00:18 14 Jan 2004

Thanks Chris05. I read another post a while ago where someone seemed to be having the same problem. If I ever want to use such a feature I may well have to consider upgrading the graphics card at the same time. No problems so far (very good overall) but the bulk of the technology is, of course, nVidia's. On the occasions that I use purely Creative products (Soundblaster, and especially DAP Jukebox), I seem to have problems that cannot be resolved.

  hugh-265156 01:52 14 Jan 2004

use tvtool if you have problems with tv out on your nvidia card click here

im told it works well and corrects a B/W display on the tv using an svideo connection that many nvidia card owners experience.

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