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June 26, 2010 2:09:59 AM

Well right now, I have an integrated Nvidia GeForce 6600. I've learned to cope with playing a game on the lowest settings/resolution. I saw this computer with an integrated geforce 9200. I was wondering if it wwas better than my current graphics card. Also, I was wondering where I can find an okay gaming card around 125$(I can't buy online by the way).

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a c 235 U Graphics card
June 26, 2010 2:58:08 AM

the 6600 is a card while the 9200 is a chip on the motherboard. the Nvidia 6xxx integrated chip was the 6200.

since you can't buy online that leaves you with Microcenter and Frys stores.
Best Buy and non-chain computer stores also carry cards but they tend to be more expensive.
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June 26, 2010 3:30:02 AM

So, the 9200 is better?
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June 26, 2010 3:38:53 AM

Look here: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/graphics-card-radeon,revi...


Short awnser : No...

EDIT: I'm assuming your current MB doesn't have a PCI-E x16 slot and that's why you're considering the new computer with the 9200 IGP, which assumably DOES have a PCI-E x16 slot.. (otherwise it's really really not worth upgrading!!)
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June 26, 2010 3:50:23 AM

lulzcat said:
Also, I was wondering where I can find an okay gaming card around 125$(I can't buy online by the way).


For around that price maybe a few bucks more, look at the HD5750
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a c 235 U Graphics card
June 26, 2010 4:22:49 AM

no the 9200 is worse
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a c 358 U Graphics card
June 26, 2010 4:23:15 AM

The HD 5750 is roughly $150 - $160 + tax in a retail store in the US.
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June 26, 2010 3:32:02 PM

lulzcat said:
http://www.frys.com/product/6168029?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...

Let's say I got this computer, and bought an ati radeon 5750 from fry's.
Would it be easy to replace that 9100?


Should work.. ask at frys, they'll know more about that motherboard/case than we do... but as far as i can see it shouldn't be a problem.

Also if i'm right you can't replace the 9100 as such because it's not discrete (it's integrated)

On the other hand that unit doesn't seem great value for money, when compared to building yourself.. but if your mind is made up i guess i can't change that.

Just remember that unit only comes with a 300w PSU.. and the time your saving by buying a unit instead of building it will likely be spent changing out that crappy PSU in a years time anyway


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a c 235 U Graphics card
June 26, 2010 3:45:23 PM

you would need to upgrade the PSU if you want to run the 5750

if you get an ATI 5670, you will be fine.
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a c 235 U Graphics card
June 26, 2010 3:47:00 PM

needsumhelplol said:
. ask at frys, they'll know more about that motherboard/case than we do...


they get a list of products to push, their computer knowledge stops there. plus they are not looking for the best product for you, they are looking to sell the best product for themselves.
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June 26, 2010 8:38:55 PM

lulzcat said:
Well right now, I have an integrated Nvidia GeForce 6600. I've learned to cope with playing a game on the lowest settings/resolution. I saw this computer with an integrated geforce 9200. I was wondering if it wwas better than my current graphics card. Also, I was wondering where I can find an okay gaming card around 125$(I can't buy online by the way).

no the 6600GT is a better graphics system than the 9200, but not significantly....
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a c 235 U Graphics card
June 26, 2010 11:04:20 PM

fallout 3 relies a lot on the CPU, more then most games

at medium level the work load is mostly all CPU, no clue what his specs are. he also did a similar one with crysis although it looked awful.
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a c 235 U Graphics card
June 27, 2010 1:20:00 PM

you need a 6-pin power connector, the antec PSU has one, or a 4-pin to 6-pin adapter that comes with just about every video card

you could get away with a 300w PSU running the 5750 if it was made by antec or seasonic. they notoriously undervalue the power of their PSU making them exceed their stated power. Even the old DELL 305w could probably run it...for a while.

the HP 300w is only average for a mass PC maker and not intended for gaming.

P.S. youtube is full of videos on how to install a video card and PSU if you need that info
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a c 235 U Graphics card
June 28, 2010 3:26:14 AM

it should (it has 23a on the 12v) but the other unit is worth the extra $15
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June 28, 2010 3:50:30 AM

Okay thanks.
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June 28, 2010 3:51:00 AM

Best answer selected by lulzcat.
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