O.K. ....not trying to start a flame war ...but: it is easy for kids to save money if they have no real world expenses .... I work hard 40+ hours a week and provide for a family. My money goes toward such boring things as food, clothing and shelter. YOU want to tell ME how to spend my money??? LOL! A computer is a luxury in my world ... not a necessity. If you can afford a top of the line card then go for it.
I am not saying that the FX5200 is a great card .... it is the best that I could afford. I'm still not really sure where you get off saying that it is a piece of crap. Have you ever used it on a properly configured system (or any system at all) or are you just spouting off after reading some benchmarks?
I am not saying that better/more expensive cards are not worth the money but there seems to be an elitist group that says: if your card isn't as good as mine then it is no good! I am very sure that I enjoy my games just as well as you do with your high end card. I realize that my card is not cutting edge but it does all that I need it to do.
What I am saying is that it is capable of playing all of the games that I have tried including Halo (at 1027x768 without AA) with no problems whatsoever and no slowdowns. Was just playing NFS Underground at maximum settings a few minutes ago. I haven't bothered to check framerate speed on my games but I seldom notice slowdowns in any games.
Yes there will come a day when I find a game that I can not use to my full satisfaction and when that day comes I'll simply sell my current card (or give it to a friend or relative who needs it) and buy a better one when I can afford it.
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