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    Default Which graphics card would be better?

    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
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    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

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    Default Re: Which graphics card would be better?

    i got gf 5200, serves me well

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    Default Re: Which graphics card would be better?

    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 )

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    Default Re: Which graphics card would be better?

    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.

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    Default Re: Which graphics card would be better?

    ive got a radeon 9600se, its fine for my purposes, i do a small amount of gaming, it plays HL2 not too bad

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    Default Re: Which graphics card would be better?

    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?

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    Default Re: Which graphics card would be better?

    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

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    Cool Re: Which graphics card would be better?

    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?

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    Default Re: Which graphics card would be better?

    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.

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