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Thread: Need help. Keep 5200 or return it for something else?

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    I have a Soyo Dragon Lite KT333 motherboard, AMD Athalon XP1600, 256mb PC2700 DDR, and a Radeon 7500 video card. I got a GeForce FX 5200 (by eVGA) for xmas today, and before opening the box i of course did a quick check on here and some other sites to make sure it was a good card. Luckily i didnt open it, because what i read said that it was definatly not the greatest card you can get for the money. What i want to know is if it is really as horrible as what i've read or not. I do mostly racing games, nothing too crazy like whatever those FPS games are...I want good, smooth graphics, doesnt need to be the fastest, but i had an 8500 for a few weeks before i got the 7500 (dont ask why i didnt keep the 8500 :rolleyes:) and i liked the graphics....If i could get something a small step above an 8500 i'd be thrilled, but something equal to the 8500 would be what i'm looking for. My dad got the card at best buy, so if you can recomend any VC's that i could pick up there for about the same amount of money, that would be my first choice. Is the motherboard and stuff going to be able to handle a faster video card? I dont want to spend much $ on upgrading the computer because now i have my mind set on an E36 BMW M3, so i gotta save my $. If the 5200 is the fastest i'll be able to get on this mobo then i'll keep it. The 8500 i used on an Epox 8k3ae (again, dont ask why i dont have it anymore), so i cant say that i know that this mobo will handle it. Thx for the help

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    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    New England Highlands, Australia


    The FX5200 is certainly better than that R7500 that ya have now and it's compatible with ya current setup as both card and mobo will work on the 4x AGP setting (even though I still prefer somethin' faster like a GF4 Ti4200 or R9600P).

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    Though the FX series has better support for DX9 games than the Ti, on your system, a card like the GeForce 4 Ti 4xxxx will be the best if you're on a somewhat low budget. I'd go with a 4600 if you can afford it, as they're relatively cheap right now.

    Of course, if you have the money for a Radeon 9800 Pro, then go for it, but you won't be getting anywhere near the full potential of the card.

    So yeah, I'd go with a GeForce 4 Ti, but nearly anything out right now (barring the GeForece MX series) will be better than what you have.
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    Join Date
    Jul 2003


    If your going to suggest the Ti series, suggest the ti4200 which is a great card that can be oc'ed to a 4600, but if you want directx9 support and you are on a budget, you can get the 9600pro/xt or the fx5700 ultra. But if you have the 5200, its better than nothing at all. :cheers:
    CPU: Opteron 165 @ 311x9 - 2817.8 mhz - 1.47v
    Mobo: Abit KN8-SLI
    RAM: 2x512 Crucial Ballistic Tracers500 @ 202 mhz 2-2-2-5 T1
    GFX: Asus EAX1950pro @ 648/1408
    PSU: Thermaltake 500w
    SC: Audigy 2 zs
    LCD: 22' Samsung 225bw
    Speakers: Klipsch ProMedia 5.1 Ultra
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    Well, Best Buy doesnt have much of anything better than the 5200 i dont think for that price range....
    How will the 5200 compare to an 8500?

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    Feb 2003
    Fincastle, IN, USA

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    The 8500 Pro is a good solid card. However, you don't want to buy from a big box manufacturer like Best Buy. Even though you're almost guaranteed to get exactly what you paid for (aside from whole computers, that is), they generally charge a lot more than the smaller stores.

    Still though, you'll want to get something like a 9600 Pro or XT, because they'll give you much better performance, plus DX9 support.
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    yeah normally i buy my stuff from but since my dad got this at BB it would be easier for me to just exchange it there....So whatcha think, keep this or get something else?

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    Join Date
    Jan 2003


    Get something better, you'll enjoy your games ALOT more. Like mentioned, a Radeon 9600 Pro is very nice ($160 or so retail), or for $20 more get the XT. Both are very nice cards, and the trade-in will knock down those prices. Have fun with your new card, : peace2: Mista K6
    Modified Dell 8200 Case:
    -400MHz FSB i850 Intel mobo
    -P4 Williamette Socket 478, 1.9GHz
    -768MB 16-bit PC800 RDRAM
    -MSI GF4 Ti4200 128MB @ 284/581
    -7200 RPM Maxtors: 60GB (2MB) on mobo and 160GB (8MB) on ATA/133 PCI Card
    -Creative Inspire T7700 7.1 Speaker System on an Audigy 2
    -Windows XP Home Edition SP2

    Rock on : peace2: , MiStA K6

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    160...damn....thats more than i really wanted to pay.....i'll see what i find...

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