Hello, i'm a casual gamer looking for some friendly advise. In the near future i will be upgrading my pci xfx 5200fx 256mb (the shame) to a pci-e slot card at around £100.
It is commonly said now that for the ~£100 mark the Ati x1950 xt or pro is the best but i was considering the 8600gt with 512mb by Novatech. The core and memory speeds seem to have been improved over the standard 8600gt and i was considering how well the extra 256mb of ddr3 ram stacks up.
FX5200 Jeeperz... get rid of that thing ASAP
Rly... before it infects u with aids.
Dont touch the 8600 either.
The 1950pro or xt are the way to go, depends on how much u wanna spend. Dont bother about dx10 compatibility, as even the current spec 8800's will have a tough time with good dx10 games, IMHO
Your best choice is the x1950xt. You will need a new motherboard, I guess, because PCI-E wasn't invented yet when the FX5200 was new. I bet your current PSU can't handle an x1950xt either. And then your CPU will be a bottleneck, if it's a single-core Pentium 4 at 3 GHz or (yuck!) a Pentium 3 as I expect. What kind of CPU and motherboard and PSU do you have?
Sorry about the bad news, but you're looking at about $170 (X1950xt)+$100 (GA-P35-S3L)+$80 (Corsair 520HX)+$200 (E6550) (US$, divide by two to get £). All prices are approximate, honestly I have no clue how they are in the UK.
The good news is that this combination will be light years ahead of what you got now.
The 8600 GT is great if you want to watch HD movies and your CPU is too weak to handle them alone and you don't play games (except maybe Solitaire or SimCity).
Thanks alot you guys for your help
For aevm who asked i have 2.8ghz pent 4, unidentifiable dell motherboard and a psu of 300w which came with the computer. In general its a pretty horrible piece of kit which i got about 2 years ago and im looking to get a new one.
Got a new question tho' if you don't mind
Been looking up 1950 xt now online now, and they seem kinda hard to find could you link me to any good places to get them from please
Thanks for all your help guys settled on the sapphire 1950 xt 256mb, Intel Core 2 Duo E6550, XFX nForce 650i Ultra MCP Socket 775 onboard 8 channel audio ATX Motherboard hopefully will get my new computer soon