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azunaan
09-27-05, 07:27 PM
Hello, I'm thinking of upgrading my GeForce 4 MX 420 (64MB, AGP 4X) to a 256MB card. I have a Dell 4550, 2.4GHz, 768MB RAM. I have a budget of around $100. Anybody have good suggestions on what I should buy...ie best fro my money? I have an LCD monitor and would like to make good use of its DVI. Thanks

CaptNKILL
09-27-05, 07:42 PM
You wont be able to get a 256Mb card thats fast enough to use all 256Mb for that price... youd get a lot more out of a good 128Mb card in that price range.

What kind of games do you play or do you want to play?

CaptNKILL
09-27-05, 07:56 PM
Well... this looks like the best thing in that price range.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814130232

Its $113 + $5 shipping, its a Geforce 6600 256Mb. Itl perform well for a while and has a DVI port (and a VGA). If you could spare another $25 you could (and deffinitely should) go for a 128Mb 6600GT, itd be a LOT faster.

Gentle
09-27-05, 08:00 PM
Hello, I'm thinking of upgrading my GeForce 4 MX 420 (64MB, AGP 4X) to a 256MB card. I have a budget of around $100.

My recommendation is to save a little more money and get a 6600GT 128meg.

Considering the rest of your system specs, it really is the best you should consider. With the 128bit memory bus, getting a 256 meg 6600 or 6600GT would be a waste of money.

Getting anything more poweful would be a waste of money.

If you look at the basic specifications of the Geforce4 MX series, they are a step back from the Geforce3 series in reality.

A true Geforce 4 Ti would be a nice step up.

Most of the Geforce FX series card has some DirectX 9 performance issues.

The 6200 series would get you into the right area, but unless you find an unlockable one, it is not a great card. If you can, a 6600 is a decent start point. A GT is more prefereable.

Please review this site for basic specs on the cards. You may find a good point of reference for which to make your purchasing decision.

http://www.rojakpot.com/showarticle.aspx?artno=88&pgno=1

Gentle

azunaan
09-27-05, 08:15 PM
Wow! That was awesome! You answered my question better than any website out there! Finally, I have a reference point specifically for my system. Much appreciated. :) One last thing....is the 6600GT AGP 8X? if so will it work with my AGP 4X motherboard?

azunaan
09-27-05, 08:19 PM
I'm playing Half-Life 2 and World of Warcraft. Thinking of getting Black and White 2 (must upgrade to play it :))

ViN86
09-28-05, 12:40 AM
Wow! That was awesome! You answered my question better than any website out there! Finally, I have a reference point specifically for my system. Much appreciated. :) One last thing....is the 6600GT AGP 8X? if so will it work with my AGP 4X motherboard?
yes, agp 8x is also compatible with agp 4x (usually not 2x however)

ragejg
09-28-05, 06:47 PM
Honestly, with your system's current specs, and the fact that you probably don't play too much with Antialiasing or Anisotropic Filtering, a regular 6600 128mb would probably be the best bet for you and the games you play. A GT is nice, but it is more than the listed $100. That's your budget, no need to try and stretch it.

Also, there may be some unlockable 6200's still around (like my Leadtek, which I happen to be selling, click the red link in my signature for details) which perform exactly the same as a 6600.

hectorsm
09-29-05, 09:02 PM
I would recommend saving for the 6600GT. It's a much higher bang for the buck. You will need the extra speed for some of the newer games.

http://graphics.tomshardware.com/graphic/20050705/vga-charts-pcie-02.html#3d_mark_2005

azunaan
09-30-05, 02:34 AM
Do the GeForce 6600 GT AGP 128MB require extra power? What's the minimum wattage power supply?

hectorsm
09-30-05, 01:55 PM
Do the GeForce 6600 GT AGP 128MB require extra power? What's the minimum wattage power supply?


Yes. But so does the 6600 non GT. The PCIe don't have that requirement.

If you have at a good quality 350W or greater power supply you should be OK.