Upgrade video card of old desktop PC.

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  1. pcGuy

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    Hello,

    I need to upgrade video card of old desktop PC.
    I tried "PNY NVIDIA GeForce 6200 256MB DDR2 AGP" graphics card.

    I'm looking for a new or used card BETTER than above "GeForce 6200 256MB" which is :
    1. AGP
    2. Economical - below $50 (I understand it means that card might not be of current generation)
    3. Should have 3D Accelerated Video with 256Mb (512MB preferred) dedicated video memory & Pixel Shader 3.0 support.


    Is "PNY NVIDIA GeForce 6200 256MB" card BETTER than ATI Radeon 9600 and NVidia Geforce Ti4200 ? By how much ?

    I saw this card "Visiontek Radeon X1300 XGE 512MB AGP DDR2 Video Card" at: http://www.buy.com/prod/visiontek-r...directx-9-video-card/q/loc/101/209199998.html.
    Please compare it with "PNY NVIDIA GeForce 6200 256MB" ?


    Please also suggest new/used video cards, meeting 3 criteria.

    Thank You.
     
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  2. glc

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    To get pixel shader 3.0, you need a Nvidia 6xxx or better, or ATI X1xxx or better. For 50 bucks you are not going to get much.
     
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  4. pcGuy

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    Thanks.
    If the difference is great I will go a little over $50 (or buy used), so please recommend cards BETTER than Nvidia 6200.

    Please compare performance of cards in my post above.
     
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  5. Rev_pizzaguy

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    You can get an ATI x1650 Pro AGP on Newegg for about $60 that would be better than the x1300 or the GeForce 6200. However, you can get a newer version ATI card, the HD3450 for about $45 on Newegg that would be better than those:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121273

    Sticking with AGP cards, you're gonna run into high prices since they are outdated equipment and very limited performance gains.
     
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    Almost anything is better than a 6200.
     
  8. pcGuy

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    Thanks!

    Is this the ranking in decreasing order of performance ?
    * POWERCOLOR AG3650 512MD2 Radeon HD 3650 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 AGP
    * POWERCOLOR HD2600XT 512M AGP Radeon HD 2600XT 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 AGP
    * SAPPHIRE 100175L Radeon X1650PRO 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 AGP
    * POWERCOLOR X1650PRO 256/64 AGP Radeon X1650PRO 256MB 64-bit GDDR2 AGP
    * ASUS AH3450/HTP/256M Radeon HD 3450 256MB 64-bit GDDR2 AGP 4X/8X (slowest ?)
     
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  9. liambl

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    Yes. Although I would question the ordering of the top two, I would have thought a 2600XT to outperform a 3650.
     
  10. pcGuy

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    Thanks!.
    I read that 2600 would be about at par with the 3450 ?
     
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    I'm pretty sure a 2600XT would outperform a 3450 by a considerable amount. The 2600XT is more at par with a HD 3670.
     
  12. pcGuy

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    Thanks.
    Someone recommended staying away from x1k, x2k series ?
    (See cards in above post).
     
  13. Masaki 7-11

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    There isn't any problems that I'm aware of with the x1K, hd2K series (x2K doesn't exitst except for the X2300 mobile which is a slightly upgraded rebadged x1300). I've used a few x1K series video cards and haven't had any issues with performance or stability.
     
  14. pcGuy

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    Thanks!
    How much better is X1650PRO over 3450 ?
     
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    You know something? I doubt you will notice much difference between any one of those you are looking at.
     
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    nVidia 7300GT w/DDR3 ones are very good and can beat those Radeon 9600 and any older Geforces. The one with the 256MB are extremely rare. I'm not sure, but if you can find that, you are lucky. :)

    If not, the X1650PRO will do too.

    the AGP versions of Radeon HD2400Pro and 2600Pro are expensive.
     
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    This is the best comparison you're going to find out there: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card,2118-7.html

    And as glc mentioned, all of those cards are going to perform roughly the same considering how budget level they are. There is not going to be one that really stands out as the top performer across the board. According to Tom's, the best option of that group is the HD2600XT.
     
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  20. pcGuy

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    Is FAN-LESS card OK ? (no Fan to go bad, less power requirement)

    How often does fan go bad ?
     
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