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FX 5200 or GF4 TI 4200???

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June 14, 2003 5:31:35 PM

I am considering upgrading my graphics card however , First of all, Is it worth going from a GF2 MX 400 64 meg to a GF4 or should I just wait till I upgrade CPU and MB, Right now im running a Athlon XP 1700+ on an ECS Mainboard with a GF2 MX 400. Also if I do upgrade to a better video card , should I go with a FX 5200 ( about 70 bucks on Pricewatch) or a GF4 TI 4200 ( about 100 bucks on Pricewatch) . Im working on a tight budget of about 100 bucks. Or perhaps someone could suggest a Radeon that would perform better in that price range . . Thanks :) 

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June 14, 2003 7:14:06 PM

4200Ti is tight for it's price.
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June 14, 2003 7:47:58 PM

The GF4 is your right choice. The FX5200 is crap. Unless you DON'T game. It's only advantage is DX9, and that support sux. Look at the review I posted just a few mins ago (it includes the FX5200/FX5200Ultra, but unfortunately not the GF4s) However in all other reviews, here at Tom's, HardOCP, Anand, etc. the GF4s (not mx) pretty much smoked the FX5200 non-ultra AND ultra in about every test.

If you want a gaming card get the GF4, if you want a card to simply display icons and run the 3d screensavers in Windows then get the FX5200. Even then I'd suggest maybe the Radeon 9100, depending on its price where you are. So in summary GF4->R9100->FX5200.


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June 14, 2003 7:57:06 PM

The CPU is quite good and will hold on for a few more months, if not a couple of years. The main board - is that a SD RAM one or a DDR one? If its DDR, then what kind of memory do u use? PC2100? PC2700? If its a SDRAM mainboard, upgrade to a decent to a nforce2 mainboard. But that wud eat up ur whole budget. Then u have to buy some RAM too.

But if u just want to upgrade ur graphics card, then get the Ti4200. Its better than everything else u have suggested for the price you have quoted.

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June 14, 2003 10:05:38 PM

The Mainboard is an ECS mainboard supports either or as far as ram .. . 2 sdram slots and 2 DDR

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June 15, 2003 7:14:21 AM

I didn't think the Radeon 9100's or below had DirectX 9 support?

<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by rain_king_uk on 06/15/03 03:22 AM.</EM></FONT></P>
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June 15, 2003 9:18:30 AM

No it doesn' but then again, neither does the FX5200 (not REALLY). Anything requiring DX9 will run like a slideshow on the 5200, and it s appears there are some problems with it's implementation, just look at the article I posted.
I recommmend the 9100, because ust like the GF4ti it will perfom better on most games. And the DX9 support on the FX5200 is really only useful to run (not really see) DX9 apps. The FX5200's DX9 useability is reserved basicly for a future generation of 3D OS from Windows, otherwise it's really useless.


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