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FX 5200 Ultra 264 vs. On-Board 6150

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October 24, 2007 5:58:19 PM

I'm not only a newbie, but also an old-bee retiree and not much tech enabled...

I'm jumping from 32 bit to 64 bit and just bought an AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ Manchester 2.2GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket 939 Processor and a Foxconn 6150K8MA-8EKRS 939 NVIDIA GeForce 6150 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with 1000 FSB which I will run with 2 GB DDR 400 ram.

I am now running an Intel Celeron D 340 2.93 GHZ on a MachSpeed PT88AS with 533 FSB with 1 GB DDR 400 ram and an 8x AGP FX 5200 Ultra 264 video card.

My questions are:

Given the jump in overall system resources, will the on-board 6150 perform at least as well as the FX 5200 I'm used to?

I am not a gamer, but like fast jpeg loading and crisp graphics images. I also may wind up with 64 bit Windows Vista and wonder if the 6150 would adequatley support Aeros features.

If I should get a stand-alone card, I'd appreciate any budget-minded recommendations in that regard.

Thanks in advance for your help and for this forum.
October 24, 2007 6:37:48 PM

bether than FX5200, forget aero with kind a system
October 24, 2007 9:20:04 PM

To run aero you need something like HD 2600XT.
Those are best buck for the money atm.
Also allows you to play the latest games in DX9 mode and not too high resolution.

Not sure how the 6150 will perform compared to your old card...
6150 is slow tho, like really really slow.
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October 24, 2007 9:56:09 PM

GeForce 8500GT or 8400GS or Radeon 2400XT or 2400PRO.

All would be good choices as well, since you're not a gamer.
October 24, 2007 10:12:04 PM

KyleSTL said:
GeForce 8500GT or 8400GS or Radeon 2400XT or 2400PRO.

All would be good choices as well, since you're not a gamer.


What he said... although you'll be fine with the integrated graphics you currently have. I've used a Vista laptop with that same GPU and it was tolerable... the effects weren't as smooth as my Linux laptop at home, but it wasn't so choppy as to warrant complaining. That said... any of the above mentioned cards would be a step up from what you're currently using and none would break the bank. If you're considering gaming... aim higher.
October 24, 2007 11:29:57 PM

Thanks to all who have replied... I really need all the help I can get.

I have done a little research on all suggested cards... 8500GT, 8400GS, 2400XT, 2400 Pro and 2600XT... and found the 8400GS on sale right now for $50 with a $20 rebate at ZipZoomFly

http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...

Pretty cheap, but now second guessing myself... will this do Aero? Should I spend a little more and get a little more?

Dunno how you guys figure out what to choose if you're budget minded [read 'tight'] like me...

Thanks again to all for your time and help.
October 25, 2007 12:15:51 AM

ether go with a low end or mid end. I prefer Nvidia over ati. Nvidia would be a better choice imo for you sense they are more beginner cp friendly. You might wish to buy a 8600gt for about $100 if your having doughts in the 8400gs or wish to watch hd movies on your cp.
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October 25, 2007 12:23:17 AM

fishinginar said:

I am not a gamer, but like fast jpeg loading and crisp graphics images. I also may wind up with 64 bit Windows Vista and wonder if the 6150 would adequatley support Aeros features.


Should be fine, but even if it's not, my recommendation is, try it first, if it's coming with the MoBo anyways, no need to rush out and buy anything until you know whether it's good or bad.

And while the low end can be cheap saving $30-50 means you can put it to new software or an external HDD or something nice instead.

I say if there's no rush, check it out first.

Also, if you don't know, don't buy anything simply because with any tech crowd most people will be getting you to put in the supercharged nitrous W16 in your Corolla.

Unless you're pushing Aero, it'll probably do it, but what do you need heavy effects for anyways, see whether you even like them. And reviews have shows the HD2400 and GF8400 are fine for all the Aero features, and web pages and such are going to be more application hampered than graphics card inhibited.
October 25, 2007 12:59:12 AM

Aero requirements are incredibly over-hyped. I noticed absolutely no difference in Aero performance switching from my integrated 6100 to an 8800GTS.

Just make sure you're system has enough RAM and a decent CPU, and you'll run Vista without much problem.
October 25, 2007 1:01:45 AM

@OP: is someone giving you your new system? It makes no sense to buy a 939 processors, that socket has been dead for over a year. Get a cheaper AM2 processor, a cheaper AM2 motherboard, and cheaper DDR2 RAM. You'll get better performance and upgradeability.
October 25, 2007 1:05:09 AM

Thanks again to all...

I think I'll digest for a bit, try Aero and whatever else when I get the new system put together tomorrow, and then decide... Found a 2400 Pro deal for $37 good thru the end of the month... Guess there'll always be a deal of some sort... Just excited at prospect of new toy.

I really appreciate all the input!
March 12, 2009 5:16:46 PM

6150=5200 in gaming
Aero will work on fx 5200, 6150, on a gma950
Aero sucks, vista sucks in general
6150 is as good in hd playback as nvidia 7900
8400 is better in hd playback than some 8800
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