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southern_jas
05-03-2005, 08:34 AM
Hi everyone. I need to replace my existing graphics card and wondered what your thoughts were on two options. I currently have a Chaintech GeForce4 MX440 63MB and am looking at replacing it with possibly one of these two:

GECUBE ATI Radeon 9200SE 128Mb DDR AGP 8X TV-out DVI
or
Gigabyte ATI Radeon 9250 128Mb AGP 8X Video Card

Does anyone have a recommendation of which card would be better out of these two?

The card has to be cheap (ie under $90) to fit into my current budget so this is why I have to go low end.

The other specs of my system are 1GB DDR333 Dual Channel Ram, AMD XP2200+ CPU, Chaintech 7NJL1 motherboard, XP Pro SP2

jamesyboi
05-03-2005, 08:37 AM
i got gf 5200, serves me well

southern_jas
05-03-2005, 08:42 AM
Thanks for that. I am looking at buying through SuperCheapPC and that gives me this as a third option:
GeForce FX 5200 128Mb

Would this or one of the previous two cards listed be better for me?

(Use...basic use and some gaming...nothing that doesn't already work on my MX440 :) )

chiefnz
05-03-2005, 09:32 AM
I don't know if you are aware of this but your MX440 would probably outperform the FX5200, while the FX5200 is a reasonbly good card I would not invest money in it if you do some gaming. I would recommend the 9250 and don't even consider the FX5200 it isn't really a 3D card anyways.

cheers

chiefnz

Prescott
05-03-2005, 10:43 AM
ive got a radeon 9600se, its fine for my purposes, i do a small amount of gaming, it plays HL2 not too bad

Curious George
05-03-2005, 02:29 PM
What Chiefnz said.
It's not much of an upgrade... so why are you bothering?
Unless you are doing some gaming, keep the 440.
And try to avoid the 9600se. SE=Slow edition, for pretty much everything.
I guess you budget will decide in the end, but a 9600pro is about $180 if you can stretch.
Otherwise, my guess is you probably wont notice the difference.
Wasted money?

Prescott
05-03-2005, 03:21 PM
thats right, i will never buy a 9600SE again, i thought it was pretty average at the time when i brought it, but i should have paid a bit more and go for that 9600pro

southern_jas
05-03-2005, 04:24 PM
Unfortunately my MX440 has bit the dust and I need to replace it but the budget won't stretch to anything more than those prices (around $80) at the moment. With that in mind I have ordered the Gigabyte ATI Radeon 9250 128MB card from SuperCheapPC

Do you really think this will have little to no improvement over my old MX440 64MB card?

chiefnz
05-03-2005, 04:37 PM
Yes you should see an improvement, if you're not really hard up for a card and if your MX440 is still working I would hold off a while and save a bit more cash, if you absolutley have to buy a card then the 9250 will do but it won't be long before you're gonna want to upgrade again...I suppose you'll have to go for it. I have my old 9600XT that I'm trying to sell.... looking for at least $175.00 if you're interested jas just pm me some time.

cheers

chiefnz